Substitute Taxi Licence - Northern Territory


A substitute taxi licence is available to accredited operators who require a vehicle to be on stand-by to substitute for an existing standard taxi at times when that vehicle (the primary taxi) is being serviced, maintained, repaired, or is otherwise unavailable for use as a taxi. An operator must be accredited and must hold a current standard taxi or MPT licence.

The primary taxi must not be operated while being substituted. The primary taxi must only have one substitute taxi operating under the primary taxi licence at any one time.

In-service substitute taxis must not be older than nine years of age.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants require a current Taxi Licence.


Allow up to 10 working days for your application to be processed. Please contact the Motor Vehicle Registry on 1300 654 628 for further information.


The annual licence fee for a substitute taxi is $300 and is not transferable or refundable

Other resources

Regulation(s) name

Commercial Passenger (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2018 Northern Territory

Taxi Regulations 2018 Northern Territory

Additional information

Please contact the agency direct for application forms.

Administering agency

Passenger Transport Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Accreditation & Licensing Officer

Operating address: 2nd Floor, Energy House
18 - 20 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800
Mailing address: PO Box 2520
Darwin NT 0801
Toll Free: 1300654628
Phone: 0889247580
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