Information on Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC) and Pilot Licences.

Processing your applications

Although our staff are now working from home, we have made changes so we can continue to provide services for you.

We recommend that you only send your applications and documents to us electronically by email:

  • The two forms of ID you send in must be certified by the person completing page 9 (Trusted Referee Confirmation of Identity) of the Fit and Proper Person Form. If you are directly affected by COVID-19 and cannot provide these certified items, please contact us on seafarers@maritimenz.govt.nz or 0508 732 237.
  • All other documents do not need to be certified or countersigned.
  • Please do not send original documents, only electronic copies.
  • If you are renewing a certificate, we do not need you to send the original expiring certificate.

When providing us with electronic copies of documents, please make sure the scanned copies are legible and of a good quality.

If you are unable to provide your application documents to us electronically, we recommend you contact us so we can make alternative arrangements for you.


Contact us

The best way of contacting us is by email

We are monitoring our email and will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Please use the following email address:
enquiries@maritimenz.govt.nz for all general enquiries

Alternatively you can use our online enquiry form.

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Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC)

Changes to Maritime Rules Part 90: Pilotage

On 1 April 2011 changes to pilotage requirements for Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) holders were introduced by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) following widespread consultation with industry.

Changes to requirements for PEC and FAQs

Applying for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC)

As part of the PEC application, you will be required to undertake training in accordance with an Approved PEC Training Programme and pass a practical, written and oral PEC examination. You will need to contact the local Harbourmaster for details. Once you have successfully completed the examination, the Harbourmaster will send a letter confirming this to MNZ. You should then apply to MNZ for a PEC.

Read these guidelines below for all the requirements when applying for a PEC.

Guidelines for applying for a PEC

Pilotage Exemption Certificate application form [PDF: 182kB, 4 pages]


Pilot Licences

When applying for a Pilot Licence you must complete an application and send it to MNZ with all required documentation.

Pilotage license application form [PDF: 176kB, 4 pages]


Other forms required

Fit and proper person form [PDF: 361kB, 10 pages] NZ Police vetting service request and consent form [NZ Police website]


Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about seafarer certification, please contact our Personnel Certification team.


New Zealand (toll free):
0508 SEACERT or 0508 732 237

Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 473 0111


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Pilotage training

Read the guidance on writing training programmes and proficiency plans, and applying for approval of these.

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