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DriveSafe NT is a Northern Territory Government Driver Education and Licensing Program that is available to any Territory resident
over the age of 16.

In the Northern Territory, 6 months is the minimum amount of time you are required to hold a learner licence.

We service Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, as well as remote locations and communities.

What is included in DriveSafe?

As a student in the DriveSafe NT program, you will receive education and training by qualified driving instructors and assessors as well as more than $600 in subsidies towards obtaining a drivers licence, including:

  • A DriveSafe NT participant pack inclusive of all course materials;
  • Access to theory classes and road safety education lessons;
  • Learner (L) and Provisional (P) licence and test fees;
  • Subsidised driving lessons or access to trained supervising drivers;
  • Two attempts at the practical driving assessment; and
  • Driver First Aid St John Ambulance NT online course.

​Enrol Now

Ready to buckle up and start your journey? Follow these steps:

Step 1. Get evidence of identity and residency

Step 2. Fill in a DriveSafe NT enrolment form

Step 3. Fill in a licence application form 

Step 4. Submit your forms together with your enrolment fee of $110 at your local Motor Vehicle Registry office.

Step 5. Upon enrolment, you will receive a unique MVR customer number and a PIN number for login which will automatically be sent to your preferred contact details. You will also receive a pack with program information.

Please call 1800 121 411 if you have any questions or live in a remote area.

Download a copy of the Road User Handbook for your use.

MORE enquire about a visit from drivesafe

Online Learning

Click play to be taken to the online learning materials. The aim of these modules is for people to work independantly through the content required, supported by voice over.

Play module in englishPlay module with instruction in Walpiri, Yolngu Matha, MURIN PATHA and Kriol

Become a Safe Driver

Watch some videos of key things to know about driving safe on the roads...

Blind Spots

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol?

To enrol in the DriveSafe NT program you will need to provide the following documents:

  1. Evidence of Identity and Evidence of Residency documents
  2. Application for a Licence in the NT (L1)
  3. DriveSafe NT enrolment form

Do you live in or near Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Yulara and Alice Springs? Take these documents with you to a Motor Vehicle Registry office.

Do you live outside of these areas? Click here for more information or call 1800 141 211 to speak to one of our friendly DriveSafe NT staff members.


How long does it take to complete DriveSafe?

The DriveSafe program has been designed so that all the elements of the program can be completed over six months in line with the current legislated minimum learner licence holding period.

DriveSafe participants are encouraged to take their time and get as much learning and driving practise as they can before advancing to their provisional licence and completing the program.

What are Evidence of Identity & Residency Documents?

In the Northern Territory you must present documents to prove your identity and residency when you apply for your licence.

 Click here to find out what documents are accepted.

What is a fine?

If you break the law you can be fined. A fine can stop you getting a licence. 

This short clip gives more information about fines.

This page will tell you how much you will be required to pay for an offence.

If you do not pay your fine before the due date, the matter will be referred to the Fines Recovery Unit (FRU).

To contact FRU call 1800 111 530.

What is the Fines Recovery Unit (FRU)?

The FRU manages all aspects of fine recovery.

Recovery of fines may include:

  • Taking payments
  • Making payment plans
  • Enforcement orders including licence suspension

Click here to read more about FRU or call 1800 111 530.

Can I enrol if I have been charged with drink/drug driving?

Drink and/or drug driving is dangerous and illegal. It is everyone's responsibility to drive safely on our roads.

If you have been charged for drink/drug driving, you may not be eligible for a licence.

Contact the Motor Vehicle Registry to check if you can join the DriveSafe NT program or if you are required to attend a Drink and Drug Driver Education Course.

Drink driving penalties and drug driving penalties can be very serious and can result in imprisonment.

What is a demerit point?

Demerit points are recorded against your licence for a range of different offences such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt or using your phone while driving, just to name a few.

If you get too many demerit points, your licence could be suspended. Check how many points you have here.

There are different demerit point limits depending on the type of licence you hold e.g. learner licence, provisional licence.

To see the number of demerit points linked to an offence, click here or watch this video for more information.

What driving school can I use?

Most driving schools are registered in the DriveSafe NT program.

View the full list of approved driving schools and instructors you can use.


Drink driving campaign

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Enough’s enough
Enough's enough video

Contact Us

Have a question? Talk to one of our friendly DriveSafe staff members.


Phone: 1800 121 411