Register a vehicle for the first time

Available in-person only

Visit a driver and vehicle office with:

  1. Photo identification
  2. Bill of sale/transfer of ownership  
  3. New vehicle information statement (if brand new vehicle)  
  4. Proof of insurance (insurance must match the bill of sale and have an NWT address)
  5. If transferring from another jurisdiction, you must provide the previous registration

You will be issued a registration certificate along with your licence plate will be issued if you have all of the above.

NOTE: Fines must be paid and processed before a vehicle can be registered (can take 24 to 48 hours) .

Vehicles on public roads and highways in the Northwest Territories must have valid insurance and a vehicle registration certificate. Registrations are issued annually.

Vehicles that don't require registration:

  • bicycles (including e-bikes)
  • electronic bicycles
  • minibike
  • small moped
  • 3 or 4 wheeled miniature all-terrain vehicle
  • small moped (49cc or less)
  • Segway
  • golf carts
  • vehicle bought for parts 

Fees

  • Replacement of lost, damaged or defaced permit: $31.00
  • Registration - 7 months: $54.00 (seniors 60+: $28.00)
  • Registration - 8 months: $60.00 (seniors 60+: $30.00)
  • Registration - 9 months: $65.00 (seniors 60+: $33.00)
  • Registration - 10 months: $72.00 (seniors 60+: $36.00)
  • Registration - 11 months: $77.00 (seniors 60+: $39.00
  • Registration - 12 months: $83.00 (seniors 60+: $42.00)
  • Registration - 13 months: $88.00 (seniors 60+: $44.00)
  • Registration - 14 months:$95.00 (seniors 60+: $47.00)
  • Registration - 15 months: $100.00 (seniors 60+: $51.00)
  • Registration - 16 months: $106.00 (seniors 60+: $53.00)
  • Registration - 17 months: $111.00 (seniors 60+: $56.00)
  • Registration - 18 months: $118.00 (seniors 60+: $60.00)
  • Over-dimension permit: $38.00
  • Pole truck permit: $144.00
  • Special permit: $268.00
  • Dealer inventory vehicle - certificate of registration: $129.00
  • Government vehicle - certificate of registration: $31.00 (GNWT vehicles exempt)
  • Motorcycle - certificate of registration - any duration  between 7 and 12 months: $36.00 (seniors 60+: $17.00)
  • Motorcycle - certificate of registration - any duration between 13 and 18 months: $49.00 (seniors 60+: $17.00)
  • School bus - certificate of registration: $118.00
  • Rental vehicle - certificate of registration: $129.00
  • Trailer - certificate of registration - any duration between 7 and 12 months: $36.00 (seniors 60+: $19.00)
  • Trailer - certificate of registration - any duration between 13 and 18 months: $49.00 (seniors 60+: $24.00)
  • Society vehicle - certificate of registration: $42.00
  • Motorhome class A - certificate of registration: $118.00 (seniors 60+: $58.00)
  • Motorhome class B - certificate of registration: $95.00 (seniors 60+: $47.00)
  • Motorhome class C - certificate of registration: $83.00 (seniors 60+: $41.00)
  • Construction vehicle - certificate of registration: $60.00
  • Dealer inventory vehicle - certificate of registration: $129.00