Get your driver licence

Sit a driving test

You should read all of the following before sitting your driving test:

NT Road Users' Handbook
NT Learners Drivers' Guide

A guide to the driving test DOCX (3.5 MB)
A guide to the driving test PDF (938.4 KB)

Recording your driving test

All driving tests conducted by an authorised class C driving examiner must be recorded.

A camera will be used to record the road environment in front of the car during the test, as well as recording you and your driving examiner inside the vehicle.

Your driving examiner is required to hold on to the recording for up to six months following your driving test.

The Motor Vehicle Registry Licensing Compliance Unit will randomly request a copy of recorded driving tests from the driving examiner to make sure driving tests are being conducted to the required standard.

Book a driving test

If you are not enrolled in DriveSafe NT, you will need to pay a practical driving test fee.

When you are ready to take the practical driving test, you can book with an authorised driving examiner in the below areas.

Authorised driving examiners are approved through the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Your examiner must follow a set of principles and guidelines known as a code of practice:

Code of practice for NT driving instructors and driving examiners PDF (758.8 KB)
Code of practice for NT driving instructors and driving examiners DOCX (656.3 KB).

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Driving examiners Contact number Testing area Use own car for the test? Is a hire car available?
Joshua Blake 0413 198 025
0421 678 512
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Allan Futuni 0423 459 405
0414 737 858
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Melissa Holmes 0408 875 791 Palmerston Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Neranzoula (Julie) Kassiou 0421 678 512
0413 198 025 
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Vu (Lam) Nguyen 0437 164 600 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Angela Quinn 0418 835 248 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
automatic
Be Schopfer 0421 488 217 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
John Schopfer 0411 609 658 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Scott Watts 0400 311 755 Palmerston Yes Yes
manual
Shyam Bubber 0406 093 985
0414 143 121 
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Selma Bukhari 0415 131 313 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Suda Fernando 0409 447 261 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Raj Jassal 0415 131 313 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Ian Reeves 0408 439 490
1300 938 506
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Andrew Szauer 0414 455 634 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Dharma Velusamy 0403 419 709 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Marcus Mitchell 0431 061 202 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Alan Underwood 0417 727 345 Darwin City
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual

Driving examiners Contact number Testing area Use own car for the test? Is a hire car available?
Adrian Couchman 08 8955 0444 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual
Craig Pankhurst 08 8955 0444 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual
Thomas Shilling 0417 815 870 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Craig Whan 08 8955 0444 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual
Andrew Szauer0414 455 634Alice SpringsNoYes
manual / automatic

Driving examiners Contact number Testing area Use own car for the test? Is a hire car available?
Pamela Dixon 0418 851 644 Katherine No Yes
manual / automatic
Sarah Kendall 0438 829 806 Katherine Yes Yes
manual

The driving examiner listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to the Nhulunbuy region.

Contact the driving examiner listed below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with the driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examiners Contact number Testing area
Andrew Szauer  0414 455 634 Nhulunbuy

The driving examiners listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to Yulara. Please contact a driving examiner from the list below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with your selected driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examiners Contact number Testing area
Adrian Couchman 08 8955 0444 Yulara
Craig Pankhurst 08 8955 0444 Yulara
Thomas Shilling 0417 815 870 Yulara
Craig Whan 08 8955 0444 Yulara

The driving examiners listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to Tennant Creek. Contact a driving examiner from the list below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with your selected driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examiners Contact number Testing area
Thomas Shilling 0417 815 870 Tennant Creek

The driving examiners listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to Jabiru. Contact a driving examiner from the list below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with your selected driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examinersContact numberTesting area
Joshua Blake 0413 198 025
0421 678 512
Jabiru
Julie Kassiou 0421 678 512
0413 198 025 
Jabiru

Contact

For more information, you can:

Before your test

You must have read A guide to the driving test PDF (938.4 KB) before you take your test.

You must also have held your learner licence for a continuous period of at least six months.

If you want to use your own car for the test, it must be roadworthy and registered.

When you take your test

You should aim to arrive at the test starting location at least 10 minutes before the test and make sure you bring your current learner licence.

About the test

The driving examiner will sit in the front passenger seat while you take your driving test on the road. The test will take about 40 minutes.

The driving examiner will assess your:

  • observation skills - use of mirrors, blind spot checks
  • speed management road positioning
  • decision-making response to hazards
  • vehicle control.

Any of the following will result in the immediate failure of your test:

  • failing to obey traffic lights, signs or road markings
  • failing to give way
  • driving without due care, attention or consideration for other road users, or in a dangerous manner
  • exceeding the speed limit
  • doing something that causes the driving examiner to intervene to prevent a crash or dangerous situation
  • failing or refusing to follow reasonable directions from the driving examiner.

The driving examiner will tell you at the end whether you have passed your driving test.

If you have passed the practical driving test, the results will remain valid for 12 months. If you don't upgrade your learner licence within this period, you must complete another practical driving test.

If you don't pass your driving test, you can re-book another test.

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Last updated: 02 October 2020

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