Apply for a trader's plate

Trader's plates are available for businesses or drivers in the vehicle industry.

These plates allow car yard staff or mechanics to test drive vehicles.

Before you apply

You can apply for trader's plates if you fit one of the following:

  • you're in the trade of manufacturing, selling or repairing vehicles
  • you're not using the vehicle for hire
  • the vehicle is only being driven by the trader, employee, prospective buyer or agent.

You will need to fill in  the R3 application for trader's plate form PDF (259.6 KB) and submit to the MVR including all of the below:

  • your business name
  • ACN or association number
  • ARBN number.

How to apply


Email your completed application for trader's plate to

The MVR will call you for payment of the trader's plate fee by MasterCard or Visa card.


You can send your application to:

Motor Vehicle Registry
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801

You can send a cheque or money order to pay your fee, or you can ring the MVR to pay by MasterCard or Visa card once the form is received.

In person

You can submit your application at a MVR office. You can pay your fee by MasterCard, Visa, BasicsCard, cash or EFTPOS.

Collecting your plates

Your plates should be ready for you to collect from a MVR office once they are approved.

You will need to pay for the plate at the MVR office where you will receive a register book to go with the plate.

You must also:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is only being driven by the trader, employee or prospective buyer or agent who hold a current driver licence.
  2. Keep a trader's plate register - a driving log book including the date, plate number, make of vehicle, purpose of the trip, trip times, driver's name, address, licence number and signature of the driver.

If you sell or cease to continue your business, you must within 14 days of the sale or disposal notify the MVR in writing and return any trader's plates to the MVR.

To find out more, contact the MVR.

Last updated: 14 June 2018

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