Introduction

This is a step-by-step guide to show you how to get your learner driver licence, graduating to your provisional licence and qualifying for your open driver licence.

Before you can be issued your learner driver licence, you will need to become a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Customer. 

To become a MVR customer you will need to provide evidence of your identity and evidence of your NT residency.

This guide is for people who live in major towns in the Northern Territory (NT) that are serviced by a MVR office, including Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Yulara and Alice Springs.

For information about obtaining your licence in a remote area read get your remote driver licence.

Learner driver licence

You must hold your learner licence for at least the six months before your practical test.

If your learner licence is suspended, disqualified or expires you must wait six months from when it is reactivated before you can take your practical test.

You can upgrade your learner licence to a provisional licence after you pass the practical test.

Provisional driver licence

If you are under 25

If you are under 25 years old you must hold a provisional licence for two years before you can upgrade to your open licence. 

A practical test is not required to progress past the provisional licence stage.

A zero blood alcohol content (BAC) condition is applied to your licence for three years. This condition will be removed the day after you turn 25 - unless you remain a provisional licence holder. 

If you are over 25

You must hold this licence for one year before you can upgrade to your open licence.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017