Register your vehicle for the first time
To drive your vehicle on a Northern Territory (NT) road it must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR).
You do not need to display registration stickers on light vehicles in the NT.
Before you apply to register
You must do all of the following:
- check if your vehicle needs roadworthy inspection
- have a compliance check
- fill in and submit an R11 application to register a vehicle
- submit your application and pay your registration fee.
Look at the table on check if your vehicle needs a roadworthy inspection page.
If your vehicle is five years old or over it will need a roadworthy inspection.
If your car needs a roadworthy inspection you can go to a local authorised inspector and book a roadworthy inspection.
A compliance check is an inspection of a vehicle's identifiers by an approved person.
A vehicle's identifiers include the following:
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- date of manufacture
- Gross Vehicle Mass or Gross Combination Mass - heavy vehicles
- engine number.
You do not have to pay to get a compliance check.
How to get a compliance check
You can only get a compliance check at a vehicle inspection facility in Darwin, Alice Springs or at the Katherine weighbridge.
If you are in Darwin you must book a vehicle inspection at the test shed.
When you book online, you will need to select Interstate Transfer/ Factory New Vehicle Inspection.
If you are in a remote community you may be able to get a compliance check done at your local police station.
How to register
You should wait a day before paying your registration fee by phone on 1300 654 628 using a MasterCard or Visa.
You can pay your registration for a period of one, three, six or 12 months.
Motor Vehicle Registry
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801
You can pay your registration fee by cheque or money order to register your vehicle for a period of one, three, six or 12 months.
You can submit your application at a MVR office.
- show evidence of identity and residency in the NT
- fill in an R11 form Application to register a vehicle
- show your current registration paper from interstate
- have an inspection and compliance check if required.
You can pay your registration fee by cash, EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa or BasicsCard.
Stamp duty exemption
You may have to pay stamp duty if you have bought a car in the NT - check the stamp duty calculator.
You may be exempt from stamp duty - check the application for stamp duty exemption .
Last updated: 31 January 2020
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