Take a practical driving test with an authorised driving examiner

To get your P plates, you must pass your practical driving test. This step is part of getting your driver licence.

You must take the test by booking with an authorised driving examiner.

Before you book

Before booking and sitting your driving test, you:

If you want to use your own car for the test, it must be roadworthy and registered.

How to book

You can book with an authorised driving examiner in the below areas.

If you're not enrolled in DriveSafe NT, you will need to pay them a practical driving test fee.

Authorised driving examiners are approved through the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Driving examiner Contact number Testing area Use own car for the test? Is a hire car available?
Ajay Challana0400 000 575Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston 
NoYes
manual / automatic 
Allan Futuni 0423 459 405
0414 737 858
Darwin City
Casuarina
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Amandeep (Sony) Buttar0423 006 699Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
NoYes
manual / automatic
Andrew Szauer 0414 455 634 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Angela Quinn 0418 835 248 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
automatic
Be Schopfer 0421 488 217 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Dharma Velusamy 0403 419 709 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
John Schopfer 0411 609 658 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Joshua Blake 0413 198 025 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Satnam Singh Darian0470 232 257Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
YesYes
automatic
Selma Bukhari 0415 131 313 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Shyam Bubber 0406 093 985
0414 143 121 
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Marcus Mitchell 0431 061 202 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Melissa Holmes 0408 875 791 Palmerston No Yes
manual / automatic
Neranzoula (Julie) Kassiou 0421 678 512 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Raj Jassal 0415 131 313 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
No Yes
manual / automatic
Scott Watts 0400 311 755 Palmerston Yes Yes
manual
Vu (Lam) Nguyen 0437 164 600 Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
Yes Yes
manual / automatic
Will Kinslow0408 821 556Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston 
NoYes
manual / automatic
Ian Reeves0408 439 490
1300 938 506
Darwin City
Casuarina
Palmerston
NoYes
manual / automatic

Driving examiner Contact number Testing area Use own car for the test? Is a hire car available?
Adrian Couchman 08 8955 0444 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual
Andrew Szauer0414 455 634Alice SpringsNoYes
manual / automatic
Craig Pankhurst 08 8955 0444 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual
Craig Whan 08 8955 0444 Alice Springs Yes Yes
manual
Thomas Shilling0417 815 870Alice SpringsYesYes
manual / automatic

Driving examiner Contact number Testing area Use own car for the test? Is a hire car available?
Pamela Dixon 0418 851 644 Katherine No Yes
manual / automatic

The driving examiner listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to the Nhulunbuy region.

Contact the driving examiner listed below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with the driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examiner Contact number Testing area
Andrew Szauer  0414 455 634 Nhulunbuy
Shane Winderlich08 89061534Nhulunbuy

The driving examiners listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to Yulara.

Contact a driving examiner from the list below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with your selected driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examiner Contact number Testing area
Adrian Couchman 08 8955 0444 Yulara
Craig Pankhurst 08 8955 0444 Yulara
Craig Whan 08 8955 0444 Yulara

The driving examiners listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to the Tennant Creek region.

Contact the driving examiner from the list below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with the driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examiner Contact number Testing area
Thomas Shilling0417 815 870Tennant Creek

The driving examiners listed below may only be available to provide Class C driving tests during planned visits to Jabiru.

Contact a driving examiner from the list below to find out when they will be next available.

You will also need to discuss with your selected driving examiner the vehicle that will be used for your driving test.

Driving examinerContact numberTesting area
Julie Kassiou 0421 678 512 Jabiru
Joshua Blake 0413 198 025 Jabiru

Before the test

You should:

  • aim to arrive at the test location at least 10 minutes before the test
  • bring your current learner licence - if you haven’t received your driver licence in the mail, you can use your licence receipt. You must also provide your photo ID so the examiner can verify your identity.

During the test

The driving examiner will sit in the front passenger seat while you take your driving test on the road. The test will take about 40 minutes.

The driving examiner will assess your:

  • observation skills - use of mirrors, blind spot checks
  • speed management road positioning
  • decision-making response to hazards
  • vehicle control.

Recording the test

During the test, a camera will be used to record:

  • the road environment in front of the car
  • you and your driving examiner inside the vehicle.

To ensure that driving tests are conducted to the required standard, the authorised driving examiner must record all driving tests.

Your driving examiner is required to hold on to the recording for up to 6 months following your driving test.

Immediate failures

Any of the following will result in the immediate failure of your test:

  • failing to obey traffic lights, signs or road markings
  • failing to give way
  • driving without due care, attention or consideration for other road users, or in a dangerous manner
  • exceeding the speed limit
  • doing something that causes the driving examiner to intervene to prevent a crash or dangerous situation
  • failing or refusing to follow reasonable directions from the driving examiner.

Code of practice

Your examiner must follow a set of principles and guidelines known as a code of practice:

Code of practice for NT driving instructors and driving examiners PDF (758.8 KB)
Code of practice for NT driving instructors and driving examiners DOCX (656.3 KB)

After the test

The driving examiner will tell you at the end whether you have passed your driving test.

If you don't pass the test, you can re-book another test.

If you passed the test, the results will remain valid for 12 months. If you don't upgrade your learner licence within this period, you must complete another practical driving test.

Read how to get your driver licence.

Contact

To find out more, contact the MVR.


Last updated: 09 August 2022

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