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:

Roadworthy inspection

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

Email

Email your completed R11 form Application to register a vehicle (3.5 mb), evidence of identity and residency and roadworthy inspection report (if needed) to mvr.inspections@nt.gov.au.

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.

Mail

Send your completed R11 form Application to register a vehicle (3.5 mb), evidence of identity and residency and roadworthy inspection report (if required) to:

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.

In person

You can submit your application at a MVR office

You must:

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 (194.2 kb).

Last updated: 26 July 2017