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:

Roadworthy inspection

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.

Compliance check

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

Email

Email your completed R11 form Application to register a vehicle (3.5 mb), evidence of identity and residency and roadworthy inspection report (if needed) to mvr.inspections@nt.gov.au.

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 three months, six months or 12 months.

Mail

Send your completed R11 form Application to register a vehicle (3.5 mb), evidence of identity and residency and roadworthy inspection report (if required) to:

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 three months, six months or 12 months.

In person

You can submit your application at a MVR office.

You must:

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 (194.2 kb).

Last updated: 12 September 2018

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