Demerit points

All drivers starts with zero demerit points.

If you commit a traffic offence anywhere in Australia, demerit points are added to your driving record as penalties.

They remain active for up to three years unless you reach or exceed your demerit points limit.

If you reach or exceed your demerit points limit, your driver licence will be suspended.

Instead of completing a suspension period, you may be eligible to complete a 12 month good driving behaviour option.

Find out more about the number of demerit points that apply to traffic offences and penalties.

For demerit points recorded against body corporate or joint owner vehicles, read more on shared vehicles.

How to check your demerit points

You can check your demerit points using any of the below options.

Online

You can check your demerit points online. You will need your:

  • NT licence number
  • licence card number
  • MVR customer ID number.

Check your demerit points

Phone

You can check your demerit points by calling the MVR on 1300 654 628. You will need your driver licence number.

NT Police

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

Demerit points limit and suspension periods

Your demerit points limit and suspension period depends on what type of driver licence you have.

If you reach or exceed your demerit points limit, the MVR will send you a suspension notice with the date your suspension period begins.

During your suspension period, you will not be able to:

  • drive a vehicle, or
  • apply for or renew your driver licence in the NT, interstate and overseas.

Instead of completing a demerit points suspension period, you may be eligible to complete a 12 month good driving behaviour option.

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Your open driver licence will be suspended if you reach 12 demerit points or more in any three-year period.

The following timeframes will apply to your suspension period.

If you reach:

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

Your learner or provisional licence will be suspended if you reach:

  • five or more demerit points in any 12 month period, or
  • 12 demerit points in any three-year period.

The following timeframes will apply to your suspension period.

If you reach:

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

Your right to drive in the NT may be withdrawn if you reach:

  • 12 demerit points in any three-year period, and
  • hold an interstate or overseas driver licence.

After the suspension period

Once the suspension period is over, you can start driving again as long as your NT driver licence has not expired.

If it has expired, you must renew your licence.

Last updated: 21 September 2020

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