Taxi ballots

In the Northern Territory (NT), there is a cap on the number of licence granted.

The NT Government has recently approved to remove this over the next 5 years until 2026.

If there is no further demand or eligible applicants during this period, the cap will be removed.

Otherwise, the cap is scheduled to be removed following the 2026 ballot.

To find out more, get the information pack PDF (900.1 KB).

To apply, you must:

  • have not held a taxi licence for at least 12 months
  • hold a current commercial passenger vehicle identity (CPV ID) card:
    • in line with the Commerical Passenger (Road) Transport Act 1991
  • have a satisfactory compliance history:
    • determined by the director of commercial passenger (road) transport
  • be a NT resident and have held a NT driver licence for at least 12 months
  • have current accreditation in the NT to operate a CPV.

You must also meet the tier 1 or tier 2 eligibility below. Read the information pack for more details.

Tier 1 - priority applicants

Tier 1 applicants are those who have experience driving a taxi for at least 3 years.

This means you must have driven at least 15 days per month for 9 months of every year for the last 3 years.

Tier 2 - subsequent applicants

Tier 2 applicants are those who have experience driving a taxi for at least 12 months.

This means you must have driven at least once a month for 9 out of the last 12 months.

The 2022 taxi ballot will seek to allocate 15 multiple purpose taxi (MPT) licences, including:

  • 10 in Darwin
  • 5 in Alice Springs.

It will be conducted in a 2-tiered structure, with priority given to tier 1 applicants.

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

When you apply, you must provide the following supporting documents:

  • certificate of operator accreditation and certified copy of your current CPV ID card
  • report from all taxi networks you have worked for confirming the time you’ve worked
    • they must also fill in and sign the driving experience declaration on your application
  • compliance history declaration completed and signed by all taxi networks you’ve worked for
  • evidence of your NT residency eg. certified copy of your NT driver licence.

For 2022, applications will open from 8:30am Monday 12 December 2022 until 2pm on Friday 13 January 2023.

To apply, you can request an application for your region below.

You will be assigned an unique serial number so you must provide photo ID.


Call 08 8924 7580 or email

For in-person collection, visit Level 2 Energy House, 18-20 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0800.

Alice Springs

Call 08 8951 5551 or email

To collect in person, visit Level 1 Greenwell Building, 50 Bath Street, Alice Springs NT 0870.

You can submit your application by mail or in person.

It must be the original and not any photocopies.

By mail

Ballot contact officer
Commercial Passenger Vehicles office
GPO Box 2520
Darwin NT 0801

In person

You can submit your application in person from 8:30 am to 4pm Monday to Friday to your nearest location below.


Floor 2 Energy House
18-20 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Alice Springs

Level 1 Greenwell Building
50 Bath Street
Alice Springs NT 0870

Once you’ve submitted your application, it will be assessed to ensure it meets the eligibility criteria.

You will be notified of the outcome or if more information is required.

If your application has been approved, you will be entered into the relevant ballot draw.

Each ballot draw will occur once applications have closed and they have all been assessed.

Tier 1 applicants will be drawn first, followed by tier 2.

They will be drawn at random and available licences will be offered in the order they came, with priority given to tier 1 applicants.

If you’re successful and can’t accept the licence, it will be offered to the applicant next in line.

Once the ballot draw has been finalised and all licences have been allocated, all successful applicants will be listed on this page.

If you’ve been drawn from the ballot and you accept your taxi licence, you must pay all:

  • licence fees, vehicle purchase, fit-out and registration costs
  • taxes, fees and charges related to the ongoing operation.

You must also follow all relevant legislation in the NT. This includes taxi vehicle standards.

If any licence is returned or cancelled within 6 months of the ballot draw, it will be offered to the applicant next in line.

Any licences returned or cancelled past this timeframe will be placed in future taxi ballots, should the ballot process continue.


For more information, call 08 8924 7840 or email

You can also find CPV information bulletins and forms.

Last updated: 01 December 2022

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