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Vehicle Recovery Endorsement


NOTE: The Vehicle Recovery Service (V) Endorsement application can be pre-empted.Contact us to find out how.

A Vehicle Recovery Service is a business that tows or recovers vehicles. The towing or recovering has to be for hire or reward. The most common types of vehicle used in vehicle recovery services are tow trucks and car transporters. You’re not seen as a vehicle recovery service when you tow your own vehicle, or tow or carry a motorcycle, or use a vehicle that hasn’t been designed to tow or carry.

Do I need a V Endorsement?

If you’re not sure whether you need a V Endorsement, you can call NZ Transport Agency on 0800 822 422. Note: If you’re planning to drive a heavy vehicle in a vehicle recovery service, you must also ensure you have the right class of driver licence.

If you need to recover vehicles with Dangerous Goods on board you will need a D Endorsement.

About the Course

The Vehicle Recovery Endorsement can be done in one day if you have evidence of good logbook skills and have done Unit Standard 24089. Otherwise it is a two day course. The first day will contain training and working through a work book and then you will sit the assessment test.

Once you have been found competent you will then go to the AA or VTNZ to process the rest of the application. If you have to do the Logbook Unit Standard there will be a second day, you will be trained and work through the work book and then there will be an Assessment test. Once you are marked competent you will receive a certificate which you then must take to the AA or VTNZ to have the V Endorsement put on your licence.

Unit Standards

17580Demonstrate knowledge of driver requirements for endorsement V (Vehicle Recovery).324
24089Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, work time and driver logbook requirements.351

What Will I Need?

  • Must have held a full New Zealand Class 1 Licence for two years (Holding an equivalent overseas licence will not meet this requirement).
  • Must supply evidence of your identity e.g. Current driver’s licence.
  • Present a Basic Medical under 60 days old from your Doctor if you haven’t done so within five years.

Interested in other options?

If you have any problems with reading or writing or with numbers, then please inform us. We need to know so we can support you. There are a variety of options we can offer you. 

Want to Know More?

If you would like to know more information about the Vehicle Recovery Endorsement, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the options available to you.

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