Taxi Licence - Northern Territory


This licence permits an accredited operator to operate a taxi in the Northern Territory. e.g. If you apply to operate a Taxi in Darwin you are only permitted to operate that Taxi in Darwin.

A Taxi is a vehicle approved by the Director of Commercial Passenger (Road) Transport that is fitted, equipped or constructed to carry up to 11 passengers, unless exempted by the Director.

A Taxi is used to carry passengers for the purpose of hire or reward with the services of a driver.

The fare charged for using a Taxi is calculated by an approved and certified meter when engaged on a hiring. A taxi may respond to ad hoc hails, rank at approved locations, or may be pre-booked.

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

Government has imposed a ratio on the maximum number of taxi licences per head of population for Darwin and Alice Springs. For more details on Taxi licences please contact the Accreditation & Licensing Officer Officer CPV Unit or contact your local MVR office in the Northern Territory.

A $1 per trip levy applies to all point-to-point transport services (taxis, minibuses, private hire cars and rideshare). The levy must be paid to the NT Government by the operator on a monthly basis.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To operate a taxi licence, the operator must hold accreditation.


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 fee for a taxi licence varies from region to region, the current licence fees for each region are:
??? Darwin $5,000
??? Alice Springs $4,000
??? Katherine $2,500
??? Tennant Creek $1,500
??? Nhulunbuy $1,500
??? Jabiru $1,500
??? Yulara $1,500

Regulation(s) name

Commercial Passenger (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2018 Northern Territory

Taxi Regulations 2018 Northern Territory

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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