Evidence of identity and residency: licence and registration

When applying for or changing your driver licence or vehicle registration in the Northern Territory (NT), you must prove your identity and residency.

What you need

You need to provide three documents which can be either:

  • one category A document and two category B documents or
  • two category A documents and one category B document.

You should check the following:

  • your signature must be on at least one of the three documents
  • your name appearing on your category A and B documents must match - if not, you must provide evidence of an official name change
  • your date of birth must appear on a category A document
  • your NT residential address is shown on any of your identity documents - if not, you must provide evidence of your NT residency
    • residency documents must identify you and your residential address.

Read more about list of documents.

All documentation must be:

  • original - no photocopies
  • current and not expired - unless otherwise stated
  • in English - if not, it must be translated by either the:
    • Department of Home Affairs or
    • an accredited translator at the Interpreter and Translator Service NT.

Evidence of identity for body corporate or incorporated associations

For document requirements for body corporate or incorporated associations, read list of documents below.

Documents that need to be verified

Some documents must be verified by the Australian Government's Document Verification Service (DVS).

This includes:

  • all category A documents - except for a current Australian driver's licence
  • Medicare card
  • Australian marriage certificate
  • change of name certificate.

You must provide your consent for your documents to go through the DVS.

If you don't provide consent, or your document can't be verified, you will need to provide another type of document.

Find out more on the Australian Government's IDMatch website.

List of documents

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You can present any of the following:

  • Australian birth certificate with the registration and certificate number*
  • Australian citizenship papers
  • Australian passport - current or expired up to two years
  • overseas passport - current or expired up to two years
  • Department of Home Affairs travel document - valid up to five years after issue
  • Department of Home Affairs certificate of evidence of resident status including:
    • Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard
    • Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard
  • valid Australian driver licence**.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can get their birth certificate using one of the following:

  • born in the NT after 1969 - you can access your birth certificate through the Births, Deaths and Marriages office
  • born in the NT before 1969 - if you don't have a birth certificate, you may be recorded in the Aboriginal Population Records available from the Births Deaths and Marriages office. This record can be used as a Category A document.

**A current Australian licence can meet all proof of identity requirements if it is transferred to the NT for an NT driver licence. If you are not applying to transfer your Australian licence to the NT, you can present the licence with other documents of proof. The licence must be current or expired no longer than two years.

You can present any of the following:

  • Australia Post Keypass identity card
  • concession card issued by the Australian Government including:
    • Medicare card
    • NT Concession Card
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs concession card / Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
    • NT seniors card
  • credit or debit card with signature and embossed name
  • student identity document with a photo or signature issued by an Australian educational institution
  • Australian issued security guard/crowd controller licence with photo
  • Australian issued firearm licence with photo
  • Australian Defence Force identity card (excluding civilians)
  • NT issued evidence of age card
  • Australian Road Agency issued proof of age card
  • Australian driver licence - current or expired up to two years
  • overseas driver licence - current or expired up to two years
  • NT Government employee identity card
  • NT work zone traffic management identity card
  • NT working with children (Ochre Card)
  • current Larrakia Nation identity card
  • East Arnhem Regional Council identity card
  • Tangentyere Council identity card
  • WUNA / Holdaccess identity card.

If you can't provide evidence of your NT residential address

If evidence of your NT residential address is not shown on the documents listed in category A or B, you must also present a fourth document that proves you are an NT resident. See below for a list of other documents you can submit to demonstrate your NT residency.

If evidence of your current NT residential address is not shown on at least one of the documents listed in category A or B, you must submit one of the following:

  • residential document identifying you and your residential address such as:
    • contract of purchase
    • current lease or rental document
    • receipt from an accommodation house or caravan park
  • bank statement or other document from a financial institution identifying you and your residential address dated at least four weeks from the current date and no older than three months from the current date
  • utility or services account identifying you and your residential address dated within the last three months such as:
    • gas
    • electricity
    • water
    • phone - landline only
    • pay TV
    • Austar
    • internet
  • current council rate notice identifying you and your residential address
  • formal NT Government correspondence identifying you and your residential address dated within the last 12 months
  • formal Australian Government correspondence identifying you and your residential address dated within the last 12 months
  • Australian Taxation Office assessment from the last or current financial year identifying you and your residential address
  • document from an Australian educational institution identifying you and your residential address
  • completed parental or guardian evidence of residency verification form PDF (454.6 KB) dated within the last three months.

If you can't provide any of these documents, call the MVR on 1300 654 628 for more information.

Find out how to change your name and contact details on your driver licence or how to change your name on your registration.

You must present all of the following:

  • evidence of identity – this can be either:
    • one category A document
    • or category B document with a photo
  • a letter of authority to act as a representative on behalf of the company or association (if applicable)
  • current copy of the company extract from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) (if applicable)
    • must include the list of directors behind the company
  • Certificate of Incorporation from the relevant issuing authority (if applicable)
    • must provide a list (on letterhead) of appointed office bearers or public officers
  • proof of garage address in the NT.

Proof of garage address

You can use any of the following as proof of garage address:

  • certificate of Land Title of land ownership for the premises
  • lease agreement, written authorisation from  land owner, or rent book showing address of the property
  • taxation assessment notice in relation to the premises
  • council rate notice
  • utility (power, water and sewerage) accounts relating to the premises.

Representatives or agents of the owners

A representative or agent is anyone who conducts business on behalf of another person or body corporate.

You must advise MVR if there is a change of director or public officer in your company or association by presenting the requirements mentioned above.

Representatives or agents can register a vehicle if they provide all of the below:

  • evidence of identity
  • written authority to act on behalf of the company or association.

If you can't provide any category A or B identity documents

If you are unable to find at least three documents from the lists above, you need to:

Last updated: 06 May 2020

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