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.

The total fee will be shown at the bottom of the page when you use the fee calculator.

Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance

You pay for your CTP insurance at the same time as you renew your vehicle registration.

You have the freedom to choose one of the four CTP Insurers that best meets your personal needs, each time your registration renewal is due.

Each insurer’s policy coverage is the same. To help you make your choice, your renewal notice or MySA GOV account shows a comparison of each insurer’s premium prices and a claimant service rating, which shows how injured people who have made a claim rated the insurer’s service.

The premium is shown as part of the total fee when you use the calculator. You can also find out the premium you’ll pay when you register your vehicle using the CTP premium calculator.

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

The emergency services levy is part of the total registration fee.

Use the registration fee calculator to find out how much this is.

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.

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Stamp duty calculator - Revenue SA

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