Become a driving instructor

A driving instructor who is being paid to teach others to drive towards gaining their licence must be authorised in the Northern Territory (NT). This is known as a driving instructor endorsement.

You can apply for a driving instructor endorsement for light vehicles and heavy vehicles from the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR).

Approval is valid for five years and all driving instructors must comply with the:

Code of practice for driving instructors in the Northern Territory (150.5 kb)
Code of practice for driving instructors in the Northern Territory (48.5 kb)

New driving instructors

To get your driving instructor endorsement you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Take a driving instructor training course.

Step 2. Submit your documents to the MVR.

Step 3. Pay for and get your driving instructor endorsement.

Read below for further information. 

Interstate driving instructors

If you hold driving instructor accreditation in another state or territory, you can apply for a NT driving instructor endorsement without the need for additional training.

You will need to give details of your last fitness to drive medical assessment and national criminal history check.

If you can't give details you will need to provide a current medical and criminal history check.

Step 1: Take a driving instructor training course

There are currently two training courses that you can take:

  • Certificate IV in transport and logistics - car driving instruction
  • Certificate IV in transport and logistics - heavy vehicle driving instruction.

Find a registered training provider that delivers the certificate IV qualification.

You must also have held the relevant class of licence for a continuous period of three years before the date of the application.

Step 2: Submit your documents to the MVR

You will need to take the following to the MVR:

Your medical assessment must not be older than six months and must show you are medically fit to drive.

Your criminal history and traffic history checks must not be older than three months.

You must also have held the relevant class of licence for a continuous period of three years before the date of your application.

Step 3: Pay for and get your driving instructor endorsement

Your driving instructor endorsement will be added to your licence once your documents have been processed and you have paid the driving instructor endorsement fee.

After you get endorsed

You will need to renew your driving instructor endorsement every five years.

When renewing you will need to provide a fitness to drive medical assessment and national criminal history check.

Last updated: 19 September 2017