Register your vehicle for the first time
To drive your vehicle on a Northern Territory (NT) road it must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR).
Before you apply to register
You must do all of the following:
- check if your vehicle needs roadworthy inspection
- have a compliance check
- fill in and submit an R11 application to register a vehicle
- submit your application and pay your registration fee.
Look at the table on check if your vehicle needs a roadworthy inspection page.
Most vehicles more than three years old will need a roadworthy inspection.
If your car needs a roadworthy inspection you can go to a local authorised inspector and book a roadworthy inspection.
How to register
You should wait a day before paying your registration fee by phone on 1300 654 628 using a MasterCard or Visa.
You can pay your registration for a period of three months, six months or 12 months.
Department of Transport
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801
You can pay your registration fee by cheque or money order to register your vehicle for a period of three months, six months or 12 months.
You can submit your application at a MVR office.
- show evidence of identity and residency in the NT
- fill in an R11 form Application to register a vehicle
- show your current registration paper from interstate
- have an inspection and compliance check if required.
You can pay your registration fee by cash, EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa or BasicsCard.
Stamp duty exemption
You may have to pay stamp duty if you have bought a car in the NT - check the MVR stamp duty calculator.
You may be exempt from stamp duty - check the application for stamp duty exemption .
Last updated: 26 July 2017