Vehicle registration fees

Find out what it costs to register a vehicle.

The total fee shown will include all the components that make up the cost of registration.

Who is this for

People who want to find out the cost to renew a registration.

People who want to work out registration costs of another vehicle, such as one they may be thinking of buying.

What you'll need

For a vehicle that is already registered to you, you'll need your licence number and registration details.

Several factors affect the cost of registration. For a vehicle not yet registered to you, the vehicle details you need are:

  • vehicle and body type
  • where the vehicle will be garaged
  • what the vehicle will be used for
  • the number of cylinders the vehicle has.

Registration components

In addition to the vehicle details, other components that affect the total registration fee are:

  • transfer fees and stamp duty for new owners
  • the period of registration
  • the commencement date of the registration period
  • the CTP insurer chosen
  • any concessions available.

Use the Calculate Registration Fee tool, and enter the required details. The total fee will be shown at the bottom of the page.

Compulsory third party insurance

You are given a choice of Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance provider.

When you receive your vehicle’s registration renewal, you’ll be able to choose your CTP insurance from four government-approved insurers. Each insurer offers identical policy coverage. There will be an updated section on your renewal form with pricing and a claimant service rating for each insurer to allow you to compare. You can choose a policy based on premium price and how people who have made an injury claim rate the insurer’s service. Once you have chosen your insurer and ticked the box, you pay for your registration and CTP insurance in one easy transaction.

For more information please visit the CTP Insurance Regulator's website.

To find out the amount of your CTP insurance premium that you pay when you register your vehicle use the Calculate Registration Fee link. The CTP insurance premium is included in the total fee.

Lifetime support scheme

The Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) levy was applied to all South Australian motor vehicle registrations except trailers from July 2014. While the levy represented a new cost in registering a motor vehicle, this has been offset by significant reductions in CTP insurance premiums from July 2013. The combined cost of the annual CTP insurance premium and the new levy is about 10% less for an average vehicle than it would have been if there had been no reforms.

The levy is used to provide ongoing treatment, care and support for anyone who suffers a serious lifelong disability from a motor vehicle accident in South Australia. Some examples of the disabilities covered include paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain injuries, whole limb amputations, severe burns and blindness.

This new approach to personal injury insurance expands cover to everyone who suffers these injuries in car accidents after 1 July 2014, regardless of who is at fault. The LSS provides a level of care that previously did not exist. People who sustained these injuries in a motor vehicle accident before the LSS was introduced may not have received any compensation, or the compensation they received may have been inadequate to pay for the care and support needed.

The amount of the levy is determined annually and is based on the estimated lifetime costs of providing treatment, care and support to people who are seriously injured in that year.

The amount you pay is based on the CTP category of your vehicle. There is no concession applied to this component of overall registration costs because it applies to a class of vehicle rather than to the owner.

The Lifetime Support Authority website has information about eligibility, the type of support available and how to access the scheme.

Emergency services levy

To find out the amount of your emergency services levy that you pay when you register your vehicle use the Calculate Registration Fee link. The emergency services levy is included in the total fee.

Goods and services tax

Transport fees in South Australia that attract goods and services tax (GST) include:

  • CTP insurance premiums
  • various miscellaneous payment transactions
  • commercial driving hour log books.

GST is not payable on:

  • the registration fee or stamp duty when making a registration payment
  • number plates
  • driver licences.

The receipts issued from the various payments that attract GST meet the requirements of a tax invoice. These receipts show the ABN of the department, the words 'tax invoice' and the amount of GST paid.

For more information contact the Australian Taxation Office Tax Reform Infoline on 13 24 78.

The Australian Business Number (ABN) for the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is 92 366 288 135.

Input Tax Credits

Registered businesses can claim an Input Tax Credit (ITC) for GST amounts paid on CTP premiums.

When registering or renewing a registration, indicate whether the vehicle will be used for any purpose that entitles the owner to ITC.

This is a Yes/No question on the application. If 'Yes' (ITC entitled) is selected a tax invoice will automatically be provided on the receipt for payment of registration and CTP insurance (Certificate of Registration).

For more information contact the Australian Taxation Office Tax Reform Infoline on 13 24 78.

Contact Service SA


Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within three working days.

If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, please phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

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