Transportation

Commercial Drivers 

Commercial carriers are a vital part of the Northwest Territories economy. 

The Department of Transportation provides many services to commercial carriers operating in the NWT. All legal loads in transit to the NWT must purchase fuel tax and registration permits before entering the territory. Information on purchasing permits can be found here.
NSC applications                                             All base plated carriers in the NWT must have an active NSC number issued to them. Any commercial vehicle weighing more than 4,500 kilograms or any bus with a seating capacity greater than 10 (including the driver) must be registered. Complete the NSC Application and send to the address on the last page. 
Extension of hours permits  Any carrier requiring an extension of hours permit can complete the Extension of Hours Application and send it to the address at the top right corner of the form. 
Other permit applications  All permits, including over-dimensional, over-weight, extended length, special, annual, pole truck, fuel tax and registration must be purchased before entering the NWT. Contact any scale for information and to purchase these permits.

Commercial permitting FAQs 

When do I need a permit?
A permit authorizes the operation of a commercial vehicle on a highway in the Northwest Territories (NWT).  Any commercial vehicle over 4,500 kilograms, including a bus with a seating capacity greater than 10 (including driver), needs to obtain a registration permit in NWT.
How can I purchase a permit?
You can purchase permits online at https://www.idmv.dot.gov.nt.ca/  or contact the permit centre at 1-866-225-3505. Commercial carriers may also establish a business relationship with a third party permit issuer.
Where can I get help with purchasing a permit?
Our online commercial permitting site, https://www.idmv.dot.gov.nt.ca/ , has help features you can access. You can also contact 1-844-DMV-GNWT or visit or call your local issuing office.
Can I use my Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) account to purchase online permits?
All permits purchased online must be paid online using a major credit card (AMEX, MasterCard or VISA).
When do I need a toll permit?

All northbound commercial vehicles over 4,500 kilograms, including a bus with a seating capacity greater than 10 (including driver), crossing the Deh Cho Bridge will be subject to a toll. Compliance will be monitored through on-road patrols and an electronic toll monitoring system, which will include high-resolution cameras for capturing images of all bridge traffic.

You must purchase a toll permit when crossing the Deh Cho Bridge northbound if:
  • you are not a toll remitter
  • you are a toll remitter, but the vehicle does not have a transponder
What is a toll remitter?

Carriers have the option of applying to use the monthly remittance method instead of purchasing single-use toll permits in advance. The benefits of the remittance method are numerous. By remitting a single payment for all crossings in a given month, accounting and payment procedures will be simplified. Further, remittance users will enjoy considerable savings compared to purchasers of single-use toll permits. Click here for more information.

To apply, complete the remittance application in full and return to the Department of Transportation. Once an application is approved, carriers using the monthly remittance method must report all northbound trips. Approved carriers must also register and install an approved transponder in every vehicle crossing the bridge. Transponders must be obtained from International Road Dynamics (IRD) by calling toll-free at 1 (866) 903-0333 or by email to Transponder.

Remittance Applications can be sent by e-mail to Toll Admin or by mail to:

Remittance Agreement Finance Office 

Department of Transportation - South Slave Region

Suite 201 - 76 Capital Drive

Hay River, NT X0E 1G2

Where are the Government of the Northwest Territories weigh scales located?

NWT Scale Locations 

From Alberta on Highway 1

This scale is located in the settlement of Enterprise, 84 kilometres from the NWT/Alberta border.

Enterprise Weigh Scale
76 Capital Drive, Suite 201
Hay River NT  X0E 1G2
PH: (867) 984-3341
FX: (867) 984-3401

From the Yukon on Highway 8 
This scale is located 6 kilometres south of the town of Inuvik.

Inuvik Weigh Scale
P.O. Box 2038
Inuvik NT  X0E 0T0                    
PH: (867) 777-7283
FX: (867) 777-4265 

NWT Self-Weigh Scale Locations 

This scale is located near the village of Fort Simpson.

Hwy. #1 KM 460, near Fort Simpson

This scale is located near the town of Hay River.

Hwy. #5 KM 1, near Hay River

This scale is located 6 kilometres south of the town of Inuvik.

Hwy. #8 KM 250, Inuvik Weigh Scale

 

Do I need a National Safety Code (NSC) Certification?
All base plated carriers in the NWT must have an active NSC number issued to them. Any commercial vehicle weighing more than 4,500 kilograms or any bus with a seating capacity greater than 10 (including the driver) must be registered. Complete the NSC Application and send to the address on the last page.
Are there any special conditions to be aware of?
Any commercial vehicle over 4,500 kilograms requires a fuel tax permit if they cross into the Northwest Territories. You can find information on fuel tax here: http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/services/fuel-tax
What is a fuel tax remitter?
A fuel tax remitter is a carrier who has obtained authorization to track their territorial fuel consumption and report on a monthly or quarterly basis to the Department of Finance.  A fuel tax remitter is not required to purchase a fuel tax on single trip permit. Any carriers wishing to become monthly fuel tax reporters may do so by contacting the Department of Finance at (867) 767-9177 ext. 15272.  Fuel tax and charge request forms can be filled out and returned to the Department of Finance by following this link http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/services/fuel-tax.
What is winter load tolerance?

The ‘winter load tolerance’ allowance gives the trucking industry the opportunity to increase load capacity by 500 kilograms per axle not including steering axles, for snow and ice accumulation. This allowance does not permit for any accumulative overweight on: A-train, B-train, C-train or Super B-train truck and trailer configurations. The table below gives estimates for the winter load tolerances.

Vehicle Configuration, with regulated weights GVW, kg WLT, kg
Single Axle Straight Truck 16,400 16,900
Tandem Axle Straight Truck 24,300 25,300
Tridem Axle Straight Truck 31,300 32,800
Straight Truck Combination Full Trailer 53,500 57,000
Tandem Axle Semi-Trailer/Truck Tractor 39,500 41,500
Tridem Axle Semi-Trailer/Truck Tractor 46,500 49,000
A-Train Truck and Trailer 53,500 53,500
B-Train Truck and Trailer Combinations 63,500 63,500
C-Train Truck 58,500 58,500
What do I need to know about the Northwest Territories’ highways?