Abandoned and stolen vehicles
Find previous owner of vehicle
The MVR cannot release a person's information without their permission unless the law authorises the release.
However, under the Uncollected Goods Act, you can apply to find the contact details of a vehicle owner to return or dispose of an abandoned vehicle that has been left:
- on your private property
- on your property as the person responsible for repair or works on the vehicle - eg a mechanical workshop.
Read the Uncollected Goods Act 2004.
To get a summary of the act, go to the Northern Territory Consumer Affairs website.
The MVR can only release contact details if the vehicle was last registered in the Northern Territory.
How to apply
To apply, follow these steps:
Step 1. Complete the steps required in the Uncollected Goods Act.
Step 2. Fill in the R32 application for search pursuant to the Uncollected Goods Act.
You will need to provide all of the following:
- make of the vehicle
- model and body type
- engine number
- VIN/chassis/serial number
- assessment of estimated value
- time the vehicle has been in your possession
- your evidence of identity.
Step 3. Submit your application and supporting documents to the MVR by email, mail or in person.
You will also need to pay the search for last registered owner of abandoned vehicle fee.
Email your completed application to search for abandoned vehicle details and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can pay the fee using Visa or MasterCard by calling 1300 654 628.
You can submit your application in person at an MVR office.
You can pay the fee using Visa or MasterCard, EFTPOS, cash, cheque or BasicsCard.
Send your application to:
Motor Vehicle Registry
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801
You can pay the fee by sending your Visa or MasterCard details, cheque or money order.
After you apply
The MVR will assess your application. If it is approved, the MVR will provide you with the contact details of the last registered owner.
Last updated: 17 February 2020
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