Transfer your interstate vehicle registration

If your vehicle is currently registered in another state or territory, you must change over to a Northern Territory (NT) vehicle registration.

You must do this within three months of taking up residence in the NT.

You do not need to display registration stickers on light vehicles in the NT.

What you need to do

To transfer your interstate vehicle registration, you must do all of the following:

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You must provide a document that identifies the person you bought or acquired your vehicle from, and confirms the transfer of ownership.

You can use any of the following documents as proof of ownership:

  • the most recent certificate of registration, in the name of, and signed by the most recent registered owner
  • a bill of sale from a recognised auction house or a licensed motor vehicle dealer
  • a document that shows the vehicle has been passed on to you, this may include any of the following:
    • copy of a will or probate advice
    • written advice from a solicitor
    • letter from a public trustee
  • documents from a court of law allocating ownership of a vehicle
  • a letter, receipt, or notice of disposal from the last registered owner of the vehicle, clearly identifying themselves, the vehicle, and the buyer - must include the following:
    • registration number
    • vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number
    • engine number
    • date of sale
    • purchase price of the vehicle
  • a death certificate - in cases where a vehicle is registered in joint names and one of the parties dies.

A compliance check is an inspection of a vehicle's identifiers or identification numbers.

This must be done by a transport inspector in a government inspection facility.

Find a vehicle inspection facility.

You can have roadworthy inspection through either:

  • a local authorised vehicle inspector
  • at the inspection facility in Darwin - booking required
  • at the Alice Springs test shed - no booking required.

Read more about booking a vehicle inspection.

You may be exempt from stamp duty - check the application for stamp duty exemption PDF (195.5 KB).

If you have previously paid stamp duty when the vehicle was first registered in your name interstate, you don't need to pay it again when transferring the registration to the NT.

If you did not transfer the ownership of the vehicle into your name in your previous state or territory, you will need to pay the necessary stamp duty to register your vehicle in the NT.

Check the vehicle stamp duty calculator.

How to submit your application

You can submit your completed form with supporting documents at a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) office.

You can pay your registration fee by MasterCard, Visa, BasicsCard, cash or EFTPOS.

Speak to a MVR customer service officer (8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday) 1300 654 628.

Last updated: 19 May 2020

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