Register or transfer your vehicle

If you're a Northern Territory (NT) resident, you must register your vehicle with the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR).

This applies to cars, motorcycles, trailers and other motor vehicles that are:

As part of your registration fee, it includes compulsory motor accidents compensation (MAC) insurance cover. Read more about compulsory third party insurance.

How to register

To register your vehicle for the first time, follow these steps.

You may choose a registration period of 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.

You must check if your vehicle needs an inspection.

If it needs a repair, you may get a temporary licence on a case by case basis.

You may also need to get a vehicle compliance check at a government vehicle inspection facility.

Fill in the R11 application to register a vehicle PDF (1.1 MB).

You must also attach the following supporting documents:

If you’re using your vehicle for hire or rental, you must declare this in section 8.

Submit your application with supporting documents at an MVR office.

Pay the fees for registration, number plates and stamp duty by EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, BasicsCard or cash.

Stamp duty

If you’re eligible, you may be exempt from stamp duty - check the application for stamp duty exemption PDF (195.5 KB).

If you're not eligible, check how much you must pay using the vehicle registration stamp duty calculator.


If you have any questions, email or call 1300 654 628 (8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Last updated: 23 August 2022

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