Demerit points

If you commit a traffic offence anywhere in Australia, any associated demerit points may be recorded in the Northern Territory (NT) demerit points register.

Demerit points remain active for up to three years from the date of the offence.

Find out more about the number of demerit points that apply to traffic offences in the NT.

If you commit an offence that attracts demerit points, the points will be added to the register once any of the following happens:

  • you pay the fine
  • the fine is referred to the Fines Recovery Unit
  • after the offence is dealt with in court
  • upon receipt of a notification from an interstate authority.

Check your demerit points

You can check your demerit points online. To ensure the security of customer information, you will need to enter information from your licence and your MVR customer ID number.

Check your demerit points

On the MVR website.

Other ways to check your demerit points

By phone

You can call the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) on 1300 654 628 to check how many active demerit points you have. You will need your licence number to do this.

NT Police

You can request a copy of your traffic infringement and conviction history from NT Police. The report will display history from the Northern Territory only.

Licence suspension and demerit points

If you accumulate a certain number of demerit points your licence can be suspended.

You will have your licence suspended if you have:

  • an unrestricted licence and have accumulated 12 points or more within a three-year period
  • a provisional licence and have accumulated five or more points within 12 months, or 12 points within a three-year period
  • a learner licence and have accumulated five or more points within 12 months, or 12 points within a three-year period.

How do you know if your licence is suspended

The MVR will send you a suspension notice if you reach or exceed the number of points available for your type of licence.

The suspension notice includes the date your licence suspension begins. This means you cannot drive a vehicle in the NT or apply or renew your licence during this time. It also prevents you from driving or obtaining a licence interstate or overseas during the suspension period.

When you have completed your suspension period you can start driving again as long as your NT driver licence has not expired. If it has expired, you will have to renew your licence.

Demerit points stay active on your record for three years from the date of offence. They automatically become inactive if either of the following happen:

  • the three year anniversary of the offence is reached
  • you are issued with a suspension notice for exceeding your demerit point threshold.

Licence suspension period

For unrestricted licence holders, the period of suspension depends on the number of points accumulated within a three-year period:

  • 12 to 15 points = three months
  • 16 to 19 points = four months
  • 20 or more points = five months.

For learner or provisional licence holders, if you reach five points within a 12-month period the following suspension period applies:

  • five to eight points = three months
  • nine to 12 points = four months
  • 13 or more points = five months.

Good driving behaviour option for demerit points

Instead of serving the demerit point suspension period, you may be eligible for a 12-month good driving behaviour option.

You are eligible if you meet both of the following requirements:

  • you hold a current NT driver's licence
  • you apply for the good driving behaviour option before your demerit point suspension starts.

How to apply

You must contact the MVR within at least seven days before the start date of your suspension period. This start date is shown on your suspension notice.  You will need to fill in the form L12 nomination of demerit points option form PDF (730.8 KB)

If you accumulate two or more demerit points while serving a good driving behaviour period, your licence will be suspended for double the original suspension time.

If another disqualification or suspension starts while you are on good driving behaviour, the 12-month period is paused and will not restart until the other disqualification or suspension period ends.

Body corporate and demerit points

If demerit points are recorded against a vehicle that is registered through a body corporate, the body corporate must identify who the driver was at the time of the offence. The MVR will then assign the points to the nominated driver.

If the body corporate does not identify the driver a significantly higher infringement penalty applies - five times the amount that would apply to an individual driver.

It is an offence for a body corporate to fail to identify the driver of a vehicle more than twice within a three-year period. The body corporate can be prosecuted for this offence.

Joint vehicle owners and demerit points

When a vehicle has joint registered owners traffic infringement notices will be sent to the first person named on the registration certificate.

This includes any speed or red light infringement notices.

It is the vehicle owner's responsibility to notify the appropriate authorities if they were not driving the vehicle at the time of the offence.

You can do this by following the directions found on the back of the infringement notice. You will need to identify the person using the vehicle at the time of the offence.

Last updated: 16 December 2019

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