Vehicle registration fees

Find out what it costs to register a vehicle. Use this process for a vehicle you already own, or one you're thinking of buying.

For a vehicle that is already registered to you, you'll need your licence or client number and the plate number.

For any other vehicle you'll need:

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

Approximate fees

These tables provide a guide to registration fees for the most common vehicle types. Actual amounts may vary slightly from the figures shown here. For exact fee information, use the calculator.

Please note:

  • a compulsory third party (CTP) insurance estimate and level 1 administration fee are included
  • concessions, stamp duty and transfer fees are not included
  • no input tax credit (ITC) entitlement is included
  • sedan/station wagon includes hatchback and SUV
  • utility/van includes small truck and vehicles used for commercial purposes.

Metropolitan rates

Vehicle type 3 mths 12 mths
4 cylinder sedan/station wagon $175$650
6 cylinder sedan/station wagon $210$790
8 cylinder sedan/station wagon $245$910
Utility/van mass less than 1500 kg $230$870
Utility/van mass between 1500 kg and 4499 kg $285$1,075
Motorcycle between 50 cc and 250 cc $85$295
Motorcycle between 251 cc and 660 cc $110$400
Trailer (includes caravan, boat trailer etc) $35$90

Country rates

Vehicle type 3 mths 12 mths
4 cylinder sedan/station wagon $145$530
6 cylinder sedan/station wagon $180$670
8 cylinder sedan/station wagon $215$790
Utility/van mass less than 1500 kg $185$690
Utility/van mass between 1500 kg and 4499 kg $240$895
Motorcycle between 50 cc and 250 cc $70$230
Motorcycle between 251 cc and 660 cc $95$345
Trailer (includes caravan, boat trailer etc) $35$90

Components of the registration fee

There are a number of components that make up the total registration fee.

Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance

CTP insurance protects the driver of a registered and insured vehicle against the financial impact of causing injury or death to other road users through the use of their vehicle anywhere in Australia. Visit the CTP Insurance Regulator website for more information.

CTP insurance is payable 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, however each insurer may charge a different premium for the same vehicle type. To help you make your choice, your registration renewal shows a comparison of each insurer's premium prices and a claimant service rating. Service ratings indicate how people injured in an accident and have made a claim rated the insurer's service.

Use the CTP premium calculator to find out the premium you will pay when you register your vehicle.

Lifetime support scheme

The Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) 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.

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 and funds the provision of emergency services in South Australia. Visit the Revenue SA website for more information.

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 Infrastructure and Transport 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.

If 'Yes' is selected on the application (ITC entitled), 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

Online

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, phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

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Phone

Call Service SA between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays:

In person

Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.


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Page last updated 8 April 2021

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