Renew your driver licence

Changes to NT driver licences

Northern Territory (NT) driver licences issued by the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) have changed.

Read about these changes.

You must hold a valid driver licence to drive on a Northern Territory (NT) road.

Within six weeks before your licence expires, you should receive a courtesy renewal notice if your contact details with the MVR are up-to-date.

To keep driving, you must renew your licence before it expires.

You can renew for one, two, five or 10 years.

Reasons you may not be able to renew

You cannot renew if any of the following applies:

  • you have a learner licence and it is due to expire - you will need to re-apply for your learner licence
  • your licence is suspended or cancelled.

Before you renew

Before you renew, check your renewal notice to find out if you need any of the following:

  • new photo
    • if you need a new photo, you need to go to a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) office or an Australia Post outlet
  • medical assessment - to maintain an endorsement or if you're subject to periodic medical reviews
  • criminal history check - to maintain an endorsement.

How to renew

When you renew, you must do the following:

  • surrender your expired or expiring licence - the unique card number shown on the reverse side of your licence will be used to record the surrender of your licence
  • pay the licence renewal fee - refer to driver and rider licence fees.

You can renew using any of the options below.

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You will need your transaction number, this can be found on:

  • the upper, right hand side of your renewal notice or
  • on your renewal SMS message.

Driver Licence Renewal Notice showing MVR Quickpay transaction number

Renew your licence

If there is a barcode shown on your renewal notice next to the renewal period, you can get basic licence renewals at an Australia Post Office.

Check MVR transactions at your post office.

You can renew by phone on 1300 654 628 if you can meet all of the following criteria:

  • you are an NT resident
  • the MVR has your digital photograph recorded.

If you are required to undergo a medical examination or criminal history check, send your assessment with your renewal notice to mvr@nt.gov.au before phoning.

You can pay the renewal fee by Visa or MasterCard.

You can renew by email by doing the following:

  • send your licence renewal notice to mvr@nt.gov.au
    • if you are required to undergo a medical examination or criminal history check, send your assessment with your renewal notice
  • pay your renewal fee - call 1300 654 628.

You can pay the renewal fee by Visa or MasterCard.

You can renew your licence by mail.

You must send all of the following:

  • licence renewal notice
    • if you are required to undergo a medical examination or criminal history check, send your assessment with your renewal notice
  • cheque or money order for the renewal fee.

Mail to:

Motor Vehicle Registry
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801

If you need a new photo, you will need to renew your licence by going to a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) office.

You must bring your:

  • driver licence
  • renewal notice
  • assessment - if you are required to undergo a medical examination or criminal history check
  • renewal fee payment.

After you apply

Your licence is effective from the time your payment is approved. It will be mailed to your recorded mail address.

While you wait for your new licence to arrive, you will be issued a receipt which you can use as your authority to drive for up to 28 days.

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Last updated: 01 November 2020

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