Driver licence rules for new NT residents and visiting drivers

You can drive in the Northern Territory (NT) with your interstate or overseas licence for up to 3 months.

You will also need to carry an international driving permit if:

  • your overseas licence is in a language other than English
  • the type of vehicle you're authorised to drive can't be easily recognised.

Under NT law, you must carry your licence with you at all times.

When to transfer your driver licence to the NT

If you're staying in the NT for a continuous period of more than 3 months, you must transfer your licence.

If you fail to transfer your licence after 3 months:

  • you must not drive a vehicle on a public street or place
  • your interstate or overseas driver licence becomes invalid.

If you're moving from any Australian state or territory, you can apply to transfer your interstate licence.

If you're moving from overseas, you can apply to transfer your overseas licence. Fees and conditions apply.

Traffic infringements and demerit points for visitors

All interstate and overseas drivers must obey the Australian Road Rules and NT road rules.

If you're given a traffic infringement notice in the NT, the offence details and demerit points will be added to the NT Demerit Point Register.

A visitor who exceeds the NT demerit point threshold will have their NT driving privilege legally withdrawn.

If you're an interstate licensed driver and you receive demerit points in the NT, your offence details and demerit point history will be sent to an authority in your home state or territory.

For more information, see demerit points and visiting drivers and traffic offences.

Last updated: 07 May 2021

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