Taxi ballots

You can apply for a Northern Territory (NT) taxi licence through the taxi ballot system.

Applications for the Darwin and Alice Springs taxi ballots open Thursday 1 August 2019 and close 2pm central standard time on Friday 30 August 2019.

There are four licences available:

  • two multiple purpose taxi (MPT) licences in Darwin
  • two MPT licences in Alice Springs.

You can only enter one ballot draw. You can’t submit multiple applications.


To be eligible for the taxi ballot you must meet all of the below criteria.

  • Have current accreditation as a commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) operator or be able to get it by 2pm Friday 30 August 2019. Read about the requirements for CPV operator accreditation.
  • Not already hold a licence to operate a taxi. This includes interest as a director or shareholder of a body corporate that holds one or more current taxi licences in the NT.
  • Hold a current CPV identity card that:
    • Has been in force for a minimum of the last five years.
    • Has been actively used during this time through a demonstrated history in regularly driving a taxi. For example, you must have driven a taxi in the NT at least once a month for nine months of each year for the last five years.
  • Have a demonstrated history of good compliance. This will be determined using the below guidelines:
    • any substantiated complaints
    • your driving history and whether there is a pattern of offending
    • court matters
    • warnings and other administrative actions taken against you
    • any other matter relevant in determining your character.
  • Be a resident of the NT.

To enter the ballot you must complete the below steps.

Step 1. Get an application

You can get an application pack starting Thursday 1 August 2019.

Review the sample ballot application (194.9 kb).

Applications for the Darwin ballot

Level 2 Energy House
18-20 Cavenagh Street

You can also get an application by calling 08 8924 7580 or emailing

Applications for the Alice Springs ballot

Level 1 Greenwell Building
50 Bath Street

You can also get an application by calling 08 8951 5551 or emailing

Proof of identity

Each application is recorded against an individual.

You must supply evidence of your identity when you request an application.

Step 2. Fill in the form

Complete the application and attach supporting documentation.

Step 3. Submit

You must mail or personally deliver your completed application.

Only original ballot applications will be accepted.


Ballot Contact Officer
Commercial Passenger Vehicles Branch
GPO Box 2520
Darwin NT 0801

In person

Commercial Passenger Vehicles Branch
2nd Floor Energy House
18-20 Cavenagh Street, Darwin

Open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

The ballot draw date will be determined once the application period closes.

Both ballots will be held in Alice Springs.

The successful applicants for the new taxi licences will be listed on this webpage once the ballot has been finalised.

Taxi licences that are returned or cancelled in the 12 month period after the ballot will be reallocated.

Any available licences may be offered to the next listed applicant from the same licence ballot draw.

Last updated: 23 July 2019


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