Drive an interstate or overseas-registered vehicle

Compulsory third party insurance

It’s an offence to drive your vehicle unless it’s covered by compulsory third party insurance (CTPI).

As part of your vehicle registration fee in the Northern Territory (NT), CTPI is included and is mandatory.

Even if you have comprehensive insurance for theft, property damage and third party insurance from a service provider, you must still pay for CTPI with your registration.

This includes vehicles for hire or rental.

To find out more about CTPI in the NT, go to the Motor Accidents Compensation Commission website.

ClassVehicle type and use
AVehicle under 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass and only used for private purposes
BVehicle designed to carry goods more than 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass
CCommercial passenger vehicle eg. taxi, minibus, motor omnibus or tourist vehicle
DMotorcycle
ESelf-drive hire car, goods truck or bus
FTrailer
GMiscellaneous eg. tow truck, club registered vehicle or pastoral permit
HTraders plate
JVisiting vehicle
KTemporary licences
LVehicles registered under the interstate Road Transport Act

You can apply for CTPI for your visiting vehicle including trailers, if you don't already it on your interstate registration.

To check if they’re covered, answer the questions below.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you must:

How to apply

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in an R39 application for CTPI for a visiting vehicle or trailer PDF (221.4 KB).

Step 2. Submit your application with supporting documents at an MVR office.

You must also pay the fee by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, BasicsCard, Visa or MasterCard.

Step 3. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a receipt of your CTPI.

You must keep it with you at all times while driving in the NT.

You can apply for CTPI for your visiting vehicle if you don't already have it issued within Australia.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you must:

  • get a vehicle inspection and compliance check
  • provide a current certificate of registration:
    • from your vehicle’s registered country
    • in your name or the applicant’s
  • provide a copy of a carnet (international customs document) or Federal Office of Road Safety import approval and any other customs documents
  • provide evidence of identity.

How to apply

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the R39 application for CTPI for a visiting vehicle or trailer PDF (221.4 KB).

Step 2. Submit your application with supporting documents at an MVR office and pay the fee.

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

Step 3. Once your application has been processed, you will be given a receipt of your CPTI.

You must keep this with you at all times while driving in the NT.


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Last updated: 23 August 2022

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