If you commit a traffic offence anywhere in Australia, demerit points may be recorded on your traffic history.
Demerit points apply from the date you commit an offence. They are recorded once:
- you have paid the fine
- the fine has been referred to the Fines Recovery Unit
- the offence has been dealt with by a court.
Check your demerit points
You can check your demerit points online. To ensure the security of customer information, you will need to enter a range of information from your licence.
Other ways to check your demerit points
You can call the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) on 1300 654 628 to check how many demerit points you have. You will need your licence number to do this.
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.
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 once the three year anniversary of the offence is reached.
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 can apply for a 12-month good driving behaviour option.
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 Demerit point options form
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.
You can apply for an extension of time to give an undertaking about good driving behaviour by filling in the form L13 Extension of time to give undertaking to be of good driving behaviour and taking it to an MVR office.
You can apply to withdraw a good driving behaviour undertaking by filling in the form L14 Demerit points - withdrawal from good driving behaviour and taking it to an MVR office.
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 send the driver a demerit points or suspension notice.
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 there are joint registered owners of a vehicle, the traffic infringement notice and/or suspension notice 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 as to who committed the offence.
You can do this by completing the back of the infringement notice and identifying the actual driver.
Last updated: 07 September 2017