Driver licence classes and conditions

Your Northern Territory (NT) licence has information about you, which vehicles you can drive and the conditions you must follow while driving.

Find out more about the design and security features of your NT driver licence.

Licence classes

The class on your licence shows the types of vehicle you are allowed to drive.

You can check if your licence class is current.

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If you have a C class on your licence, you may drive a vehicle that:

  • has a gross vehicle mass less than 4.5 tonnes
  • is a specific type - for example, a construction or agricultural vehicle such as:
    • tractors
    • harvesters
    • front end loaders
    • road rollers
    • forklifts
    • graders.

Find out how to get your full C class driver licence.

A heavy vehicle has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes.

Each heavy vehicle type requires a specific driver licence class. Read about heavy vehicles types and licence classes.

Find out how to get your heavy vehicle licence.

If you have an R class on your licence, you may ride a motorcycle.

This includes:

  • a motorcycle that has a side car attached to it supported by a third wheel or
  • a motor vehicle that has three wheels and is designed to be ridden the same as a motorcycle.

Find out how to get your motorcycle licence.

Licence conditions

You must obey any conditions listed on your licence at all times while driving.

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A - Drive automatic vehicle only

You must only drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission.

B - Synchromesh transmission

You may only drive a heavy vehicle requiring a class HR, HC or MC licence if fitted with a synchromesh or automatic transmission.

I - Alcohol ignition lock

You may only drive a motor vehicle that is fitted with an approved alcohol ignition lock.

R - LAMS Learner Approved Motorcycle restriction

You may only ride a Learner Approved Motorcycle that has:

  • a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kilowatts per tonne
  • an engine capacity not exceeding 660 cubic centimetres (cc).

S - Glasses or lenses required to drive

You must wear corrective lenses at all times while driving. This condition will only be applied when you require corrective lenses to pass the eye test for fitness to drive.

Z - Zero % blood alcohol when you drive

You must observe zero blood alcohol concentration restriction.

If you've been issued with a V condition, you may only drive a motor vehicle fitted with any of the following specified driver aids or modification as directed in writing by the Registrar of Motor Vehicle.

VA - Steering spinner knob - left

You may only drive vehicles fitted with a left-hand spinner knob.

VB - Steering spinner knob - right

You may only drive vehicles fitted with a right-hand spinner knob.

VC - Power steering only

You may only drive vehicles fitted with power steering.

VD - Automatic vehicle only

You may only drive vehicles fitted with an automatic transmission.

VE - Modified indicator arm - left

You may only drive vehicles fitted with an extended indicator arm - left.

VF - Modified indicator arm - right

You may only drive vehicles fitted with an extended indicator arm - right.

VG - Head operated indicators

You may only drive a vehicle fitted with indicators operated by head movements.

VH - Accelerator left of brake

You may only drive a vehicle with an accelerator pedal fitted to the left of the brake pedal.

VI - Hand operated foot controls

You may only drive a vehicle fitted with hand-operated controls for brakes and accelerator.

VJ - External mirrors left and right

You may only drive vehicles fitted with external mirrors to the left and right-hand side of the vehicle.

VK - Wide-angle interior mirror

You may only drive vehicle fitted with a wide-angle interior rear view mirror.

VL - Electronic embedded steering spinner knob

You may only drive a vehicle fitted with an electronic embedded steering spinner knob.

If you've been issued with an X condition, you are subject to any of the following conditions or limitations.

XA - Periodic medical review required

Your licence is subject to a periodic medical review.

XB - Annual criminal history check

Your licence is subject to an annual criminal history check.

XC - For training and assessment only

Your licence is for training and assessment purposes only.

This is usually issued if you need a driving test or rehabilitation assessment before your licence renewal or re-licensing after a medical suspension.

XD - No driving between sunset and sunrise

You must not drive between sunset and sunrise.

XF - Licence class area restricted

Your licence is only valid in a specific area.

XG - Drive in company of rehabilitation service

You can only drive when accompanied by an instructor experienced in rehabilitation training.

This is applied if you are suffering from a medical condition and require training prior to re-applying for your driver licence.

XH - In company of full licence holder

You may only drive when accompanied by a person holding a full licence for the class of vehicle being driven.

XI - Not to exceed 80 km/h in car

You must not drive a motor vehicle, not including a motorcycle, at a speed of more than 80km/h.

XJ - Zero % BAC

You must observe zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

XK - Zero % BAC when riding a motorcycle

You must observe zero blood alcohol concentration while riding a motorcycle.

XM - Not to exceed 80km/h on a motorcycle

You must not exceed 80km/h while riding a motorcycle.

XN - No pillion on a motorcycle

You must not carry a pillion passenger while riding a motorcycle.

XP - Must wear approved helmet

You must wear approved motorcycle rider's helmet.

XQ - Refer to driver's instrument

You may only drive subject to specific conditions other than those listed.

XR - Glasses or lenses when driving a vehicle weighing more than eight tonnes

You must wear corrective lenses at all times while driving a commercial passenger vehicle or a vehicle over eight tonnes.

This is applied when you need corrective lenses to pass the eye test to commercial vehicle driver standards.

XS - LAMS approved motorcycles only

You may only ride a LAMS approved motorcycle.

XU - Automatic heavy vehicle only for HR and above

You may only drive a heavy vehicle, class HR, HC and MC, fitted with an automatic transmission.

You may only have this condition removed if you retake your heavy vehicle driving test in a vehicle fitted with another transmission type.

XV - Instructor for class R only

You (the instructor) may only teach a person to ride a motorcycle for fee or reward.

XW - DriveSafe NT remote instructor only

You (the instructor) may only teach participants of the DriveSafe NT remote program.


Last updated: 06 July 2021

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