Motoring in Darwin and Northern Territory

Driving in Northern Territory, Australia

Transfer your British Licence

Full UK driving Licence holders are entitled to transfer to an NT State licence without taking any test, other than an eyesight test.

Minimum driving age in Northern Territories, Australia

You can get a learner permit to drive a car when you turn 16.

To obtain your provisional driver licence you must have held the required learner licence for 6 consecutive months

Speed Limits

Some speed limits and conditions may be different in the NT compared to other Australian States:

Built-up area:

  • The speed limit in built-up areas in the Northern Territory is 60 km/h, unless a sign indicates that another speed limit applies.
  • A speed limit of 50 km/h is often found in residential areas.

Outside Built-up Areas:

  • Outside built-up areas, the default speed limit is 110 km/h. Other speed limits may apply in some areas.
  • A speed limit of 130 km/h applies on some parts of the Barkly, Stuart, Victoria and Arnhem Highways.

Mobile Phones

You must not use a hand-held mobile phone while driving (even if you are stopped at traffic lights).

You may use a hand-held mobile phone while your vehicle is parked

Learner and provisional licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone in any form whilst driving.

Full licence holders may use a mobile phone in hands-free configuration.

You must always drive carefully and should never attempt to dial a number or send or receive text or multi media messages whilst driving


Speeding Fines in Northern Territory

2010 Penalties for speeding in NT

  • Less than 15 km/h over the limit: $100
  • 16 to 30 km/h over the limit: $200
  • 31 to 45 km/h over the limit: $300
  • More than 45 km/h over the limit: $500

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