NZTR Licensing

What is Licensing?

NZTR’s licensing process is used to grant permission or authorisation to individuals in various aspects of the sport. It is a regulatory mechanism employed by NZTR to ensure the integrity, safety, and professionalism New Zealand's thoroughbred industry.

NZTR licences are renewed on an annual basis in May. For those who currently hold a Licence with NZTR, renewals are completed easily and conveniently online.

If you do not currently hold a Licence with NZTR and would like to apply, you will need to do so using the newly developed online application forms listed below. 

NZTR Licensing

A Shift Online

We've transitioned to a fully online model to enhance efficiency and ensure greater accuracy of data. This change brings faster processing times for our internal Licensing team, incorporating online applications featuring attached photo files and other important information.

Starting February 1, 2024, we're introducing Digital Licence IDs for all new applicants, and these will be gradually distributed to all Licence Holders during the renewal process, commencing in May 2024. Installing Digital Licence IDs on your phone offers the convenience of having your licensing details readily accessible at all times.

What support is available from NZTR for licence holders? 

NZTR's Licensing team have been employed as a dedicated resource to support all current licence holders, as well as process new applications where they can guide you through the process.

The team is more than happy to provide updates surrounding key dates and requirements of NZTR's licensing structure, as well as general requirements around current and new licensing policies. Please do not hesitate to contact them below.

Licensing Forms

Digital Licence ID Guide
An easy-to-follow manual for adding your Digital Licence ID to your device.
Saving a Digital Licence to your Phone
In order to easily access your digital licence you will need to save it to your phone's 'Wallet'. This can be easily done on both Apple and Android devices. How-to videos for both can be found below.
Online renewals and updating details
To complete an online licence renewal or update any of your details with NZTR including licence photo, please complete this online form

Stablehand & Trackwork Rider Licences

Trackwork Rider (Fast) | Class B | Miscellaneous
Granted to those competent in riding Thoroughbred horses at full pace in training. Must have previously held a Trackwork Licence.
Trackwork Rider (Slow) | Class B | Miscellaneous
Granted to those who have not previously held a trackwork licence and may only ride thoroughbreds at half pace or less.
Trackwork Rider | International Licence
A Visiting Trackwork Riders License is granted to those with an equivalent license, aiding Visiting Trainers in training for a limited time.
Stablehand Licence | Class A | Miscellaneous
Granted to those employed full-time by a Trainer in a racing stable, training establishment, or facility.
Stable Assistant Licence
Granted to those who assist a Trainer part-time basis, or strap horses at race meetings.
International Licence | Stable Assistant
A Visiting Assistant’s License is granted to those with an equivalent license, employed by a Visiting Trainer for training assistance.
NZTR Nominated Training Horse

NZTR mandates the suitability of training horses for track work, requiring endorsement from Trainer and licensed Rider.


Jockey Licences

Rider's Licence | Class A | Jockey
Granted to those who have completed a Jockey Apprenticeship (or an international equivilent), allowing participation in flat races unless otherwise specified.
Rider's Licence | Class B | Apprentice Jockey
Granted to aspiring jockeys progressing through NZTR’s Apprentice Jockey program toward qualification.
Rider's Licence | Class D | Jumps Jockey
Granted to those competent in riding Thoroughbreds in Jumps Races, and highweight races once qualified.
Rider's Licence | Class E | Amateur Jockey
Granted to those competent in riding Thoroughbreds in amateur races.
International Licence | Jockey
A Visiting Rider’s Licence is granted to those with an equivalent license from another racing authority, for temporary racing

Trainer Licences

Trainers Licence | Class A
A Class A Trainer’s License is granted to those primarily offering Thoroughbred training services as their profession.
Trainer's Licence | Class B
A Class B Trainer’s License is granted to trainers with horses having less than 50 raceday starts per year consistently.
International Licence | Trainer
A Visiting Trainer’s License is granted to those with a foreign trainer license, allowing them to train and race in New Zealand temporarily.
Pre-Trainer Licence
The Pre-Trainer’s License is granted to those preparing Thoroughbred horses for training and racing under another person.
Assistant Trainer Licence
Assists the Trainer with the responsibilities of training horses and managing the racehorse training business
Treatment Logbook
Treatment Logbook template and associated Rules.

Riders Agent Licence

Riders Agent | Class C | Miscellaneous
Issued to those aiding Jockeys or Apprentice Jockeys' employers in organising riding engagements
Riders Agent/Rider Authorisation
An authority for a Riders agent to act on behalf of Jockey/Apprentice Jockey

Accredited Persons Racecourse Pass

Accredited Persons Racecourse Pass
Granted to Contractors/Officials who require a pass to carry out duties on a Raceday.

Jockey Miscellaneous & Medical

Rider Support Pack

The Rider Support Pack includes essential information to assist participants in the event of an injury, as well as mental health and wellbeing support.

Helmet/Vest Replacement Subsidy
Transfer of Apprenticeship
Application to Loan Apprentice
Apprentice Jockey's Fund Application
Betting Account Declaration
General Trust Fund Application
M1 | Medical Examination Form
M2 | Brain Injury Clearance Form
M3 | Illness or Injury Clearance Form
M4 | Medical Certificate - Riding When Pregnant
M5 | Consent Form - Riding When Pregnant


Licence Card Application
You can apply for a physical licence card to complement your Digital ID.
Change of details
For any current licence holder wishing to update their photo, email, phone number, and address.
Training Agreement for the Primary ITO
2024 Licensing Fees
Licensing Fee changes effective 1 February 2024
Licensing Process
For more information and a breakdown of each of the steps in the licensing process, download the relevant spreadsheet below