Transfer your overseas licence

You must transfer your overseas driver licence or motorbike licence within three months of living in the Northern Territory (NT).

If you have an overseas heavy vehicle licence, you must get an NT driver licence before you can apply to get your heavy vehicle licence.

To find out more about the three-month rule, read driver licence rules for new NT residents.

How to apply

To transfer your current overseas licence, follow the steps below.

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You can transfer to an NT driver licence without passing a theory and driving test if your licence is from:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Canada
  • Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey)
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Herzegovina
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America.

If you’re 25 years old or older, the following countries also apply:

  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong - must be held for at least 12 months
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Republic of Serbia
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan.

If your country is listed above, you only need to complete step 2.

If it's not listed, you must complete step 2, 3 and 4.

Go to an MVR office with your:

  • completed application for a NT driver/rider licence PDF (292.2 KB)
  • current overseas driver licence in English or if it's not in English, you must also provide one of the following:
    • international driving permit
    • official translation of the overseas licence into English by an authorised translator
    • original letter from the licensing authority in the country of origin - if not in English, you must also provide this with an official translation by an authorised translator.
  • evidence of identity and residency.

You must also:

  • pass an eye test
  • have your photo taken
  • pay the licence fee (if your country is listed under step 1) - read 'After you apply' below.

If your country is listed under step 1, you can skip this step.

If it's not listed, you must take the theory test at an MVR office. Once you pass, you must pay the licence fee and you will get an interim licence valid for one year.

Interim licence

With your interim licence, you must follow the below conditions applied to it.

Class C

If you have a class C interim licence, you:

  • can only drive with a full NT licence holder in the front passenger seat - XH
  • can't exceed 80 kilometres per hour - XI
  • can only drive with zero blood alcohol concentration - XJ.

Class R

If you have a class R interim licence, you:

  • can only ride with zero blood alcohol concentration - XK
  • can't exceed 80 km/h - XM
  • can't carry pillion passengers - XN
  • can only ride a learner approved motorcycle.

To get the list of approved motorcycles, go to the New South Wales Government's Roads and Maritime website.

If your country is listed under step 1, you can skip this step.

If you're issued an interim licence, you must pass the relevant practical:

After you pass

You must submit your test sheet to an MVR office. The MVR will then upgrade your interim licence.

If the MVR can't determine how long you've held your overseas licence for, you may receive a provisional licence for:

  • two years if you're under 25 years old
  • one year if you're 25 years old or older.

If the MVR can’t determine how long you've held your overseas motorbike licence for, you may receive a restricted rider licence for 12 months.

If your interim licence expires

You will only be eligible to apply for a learner licence.

After you apply

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a driver licence receipt.

The driver licence receipt can be used as evidence of your authority to drive while your NT licence is mailed to you. You must follow any conditions that are printed on your receipt.

Your licence will be sent to your nominated postal address. You should allow standard mail delivery times for your area.

Contact

If you have any questions, email mvr@nt.gov.au or call 1300 654 628.

Last updated: 05 February 2021

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