Transfer your interstate or overseas licence

You must transfer your interstate or overseas driver licence within three months of living in the Northern Territory (NT).

To find out more about the three month rule go to rules for new NT residents and visiting drivers.

Transfer an interstate licence

You can transfer your interstate licence in person at a Motor Vehicle Registry office (MVR) or go to your local participating Australia Post Office that provides MVR driver licence and vehicle registration services.

Before you apply for transfer

You will need all of the below:

How to transfer

Take your completed licence application form, your interstate driver licence, and your evidence of identity and residency documents to a MVR office.

You do not have to pay a fee to transfer your current interstate driver licence to the NT unless you want to renew it as well. 

Any conditions imposed on your interstate licence will be transferred to your NT licence. 

If your licence has an X condition on it, the Department of Transport will need to check it  from interstate before transferring your licence. 

Transfer an overseas licence

You can transfer your overseas driver licence or motorcycle licence to the NT. You will need to visit a MVR office.

Drivers from a recognised country

You can transfer your overseas licence to a full NT driver licence if you are from one of these countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Canada
  • Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey)
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Herzegovina
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

You will need all of the following:

Under 25 and not from a recognised country

If you are not from a recognised country you have to pass a driver theory test and a driving test to get an NT driver licence.

To organise these tests contact a MVR office.

You will need to do all of the following to transfer your licence: 

  • provide a current overseas driver licence in English; or
  • provide a current overseas driver licence not in English and one of the following documents:
    • an international driving permit
    • an official translation of the overseas licence into English by an authorised translator
    • an original letter from the licensing authority in the country of origin
  • pass an eye test at a MVR office
  • pass a driver and / or riders knowledge test
  • pass a balance and stability test or METAL basic course - Class R applicants only
  • pass a practical driver and / or riders' driving test
  • pay a licence fee.

You also need to submit proof of identity and residency and a completed licence application form.
L1  Licence application form (198.0 kb).

You will be issued with an interim licence so you can undertake a practical driving and/or riding test. Once you have been issued with an interim licence in the NT, your overseas licence is invalid for use in Australia.

Once you've received your interim licence, you will need to pass an on-road driving and/or riding practical test to receive your full C class licence.

Over 25 and not from a recognised country

If you have held your overseas driver licence for more than a year and you are 25 years or older, you can receive a full NT driver licence if you are from the following countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong*
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Republic of Serbia
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan.

*A Hong Kong licence must have been held for at least 12 months to be eligible for exchange to an NT licence.

You must do all of the following to transfer your licence: 

  • provide a current overseas driver licence in English; or
  • provide a current overseas driver licence not in English and one of the following documents:
    • an international driving permit
    • an official translation of the overseas licence into English by an authorised translator.
  • pass an eye test at an MVR office
  • pay a licence fee. 

You will also need proof of identity and residency and a completed licence application form (198.0 kb).

Last updated: 13 February 2017