Drive an interstate or overseas-registered vehicle

Interstate registered vehicles

You can drive your interstate vehicle in the Northern Territory (NT) if:

  • it is in the NT for less than 3 months.
  • it has current number plates and has current interstate registration for the length of its stay in the NT.
  • it has compulsory third party insurance (CTPI) within Australia
    • you can apply for CTPI for your visiting vehicle if you don't already have this insurance on your interstate registration. Find out how to apply for CTPI.

You must drive your interstate vehicle on a public road or street under the same conditions, restrictions or limitations that are placed on your interstate registration.

If you plan to drive in the NT for more than 3 months

You must transfer your vehicle if you will drive your interstate vehicle for more than 3 months. Otherwise, it may be deemed unregistered and uninsured even if it has current registration interstate.

NT residents driving interstate registered vehicles

If you have applied for or have a current NT driver licence, you must transfer your interstate vehicle within 28 days of arriving in the NT.

Towing interstate trailers

If you also have a trailer registered interstate, you can apply for CTPI if you don’t already have one.

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Last updated: 19 July 2022

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