Nominate an operator

If you're registering your vehicle for the first time or renewing your registration, you must nominate an operator.

The nominated operator is the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the heavy vehicle.

A nominated operator can be:

  • the owner of the vehicle
  • an individual who is at least 18 years old
  • a representative from a body corporate or incorporated association.

If the nominated operator is not the owner, you must fill in the R13 application to nominate the operator of a vehicle PDF (886.9 KB) and submit it when you register your heavy vehicle.

Only one person or representative of a body corporate can be recorded as the nominated operator by the registered owner.

Where a heavy vehicle is registered in joint names, only one person can be the nominated operator even though both parties may be the legal owners.


The nominated operator is responsible for all of the following:

  • renewing registration
  • having the vehicle inspected
  • providing proof of the vehicle's garage address
  • any traffic infringements detected by red light or speed camera.

The nominated operator must advise the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) within 14 days if:

  • they change garage address
  • they change residential address or address for service of renewal notices
  • the vehicle is a write off
  • a change to the heavy vehicle affects its description
  • there are changes to the heavy vehicle's configuration that would require payment to upgrade its registration
  • they cease to be the nominated operator.


To change your details:

You can also send mail to:

Motor Vehicle Registry
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801

Last updated: 21 January 2021

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