Number plates: apply or transfer plates

Apply for personalised plates

Personalised or special number plates are available in different sizes and colours.

You will have to pay a fee to apply for these plates.

Before you apply

You can apply for personalised number plates for all privately-registered vehicles.

You will need to create a combination of characters for your number plate.

Your plate must not have characters that contain any of the following:

  • obscene, blasphemous, offensive, sexually explicit, violent or discriminatory characters
  • a combination where the number 1 or 0 can be mistaken for the character I or O or vice versa
  • any combination of numbers or letters or substitution of numbers or letters where there is the potential for misrepresentation or any possibility of the plate being mistaken for another plate – eg: 5 substituted for S or 1 for I
  • interstate names and initials – eg: NSW
  • names of countries – eg: USA
  • a combination of letters that represent government departments and authorities – eg: POLICE
  • a combination of letters forming MVR plate prefixes – eg: TAXI, TV
  • a diamond character that leads or ends the plate
  • registered trademark or company name, unless you have the authority to display
  • any combination restricted by law including Australian Defence Force
  • other restrictions determined by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Conditions for personalised plates

The following conditions apply to all personalised plates:

  1. All number plates remain the property of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. You are paying a fee for the right to display particular or personalised number plates only, and not for the purchase of the number plates.
  2. All plates ordered must be fitted to a current NT registered vehicle within 12 months of notification that the plates are available for collection. Your right to display may be withdrawn if the plates are not fitted to an NT registered vehicle within the 12 month period following notification.
  3. If the registration of the vehicle is allowed to lapse, you will retain the right to display the plate for a period of 12 months. Your right to display may expire if the plates are not fitted to an NT registered vehicle within the 12 month period immediately following the last day of registration.
  4. All plate applications are accepted subject to final approval by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.
  5. Where an application for a specific sequence has been rejected, the applicant may either apply for a fee refund or submit an alternative choice.
  6. The reasons a customer gives for wanting a certain plate are completely irrelevant as to whether or not the plate is acceptable.
  7. If complaints are received regarding a personalised number plate then the Registrar may choose to withdraw the plate from circulation and offer the owner an alternative number.

How to apply

You can apply through any of the below.


Go to MVR plates online.

On the online system, you can't make the following plate orders:

  • remakes of standard issue plates - lost, missing or stolen
  • souvenir plates
  • remakes of special series, commemorative plates and so on
  • Commercial Passenger Vehicles (CPV) - taxi, substitute taxi, minibus, motor omnibus, limousine, special passenger vehicle, private hire and tourist vehicle
  • pastoral car and pastoral motorcycle
  • consular plates.

In person

Fill in an R1 application for personalised plate form PDF (572.0 KB) and submit it in person at an MVR office.

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

After you apply

It takes about six weeks for your plates to be ready. The Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) will let you know when to collect them from your chosen MVR office.

Once you receive your plates, you must fix them to your vehicle as soon as possible.

More information

To find out more, contact the MVR.

For more information, read V24 vehicle number plates PDF (447.1 KB).

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Last updated: 07 May 2021

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