Historic, left-hand drive and street rod vehicle registration

From 1 July 2022, a vehicle will be eligible as a historic or left-hand drive vehicle under the Conditional Registration Scheme if it is aged 25 years from 1 January of the year in which the vehicle was manufactured. Previously, a vehicle of this category was not eligible to enter the Scheme unless it was aged 30 years from 1 January of the year in which the vehicle was manufactured.

The Conditional Registration Scheme (the Scheme) for historic and left-hand drive vehicles offers reduced registration fees for participating vehicle enthusiasts in exchange for limited road access for their vehicles each year.

In recognition of their limited use, these vehicles are exempt from registration charges and only pay a third-party insurance premium, administration fees, and a reduced emergency services levy.

If you own a historic, left-hand drive or street rod vehicle and are a financial member of a recognised motor vehicle club you may be entitled to register your vehicle under this conditional registration scheme and obtain reduced registration fees.

The Code of Practice for Club Registration (403.1 KB PDF) for the Scheme should be read alongside the requirements of the Motor Vehicles Act 1959, the Motor Vehicles Regulations 2010, the Road Traffic Act 1961, and associated regulations and the Australian Design Rules. Copies of the South Australian legislation are available at www.legislation.sa.gov.au.

Who can apply

Applicants must be a financial member of a recognised motor vehicle club and be the registered owner of an eligible vehicle.

Conditions

The following conditions apply to vehicles registered under the conditional registration scheme for historic, left-hand drive and street rod vehicles:

  • The vehicle cannot be driven for a fee, hire or reward.
  • The owner of the vehicle must be a financial member of a recognised motor vehicle club.
  • Before the start of each journey, details of the journey must be recorded in a logbook.
  • The owner must make their vehicle available for inspection at the request of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles or their recognised motor vehicle club.
  • The vehicle can only be driven on a road for up to 90 days during any one-year period of registration.

Logbooks must be:

  • issued by recognised motor vehicle clubs
  • in a form approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles
  • carried in the vehicle at all times while being used on the road.

Definitions under the conditional registration scheme

For the purposes of section 25(1)(a) of the  Motor Vehicles Act 1959 regulation 16 of the Motor Vehicle Regulations 2010 provides the following definitions for the purpose of conditional registration.

Historic vehicle

A motor vehicle is a historic vehicle if 25 years or more have elapsed since 1 January of the year in which the vehicle was manufactured.

Prescribed left-hand drive vehicle

A motor vehicle is a left-hand drive vehicle if:

  • 25 years or more have elapsed since 1 January of the year in which the vehicle was manufactured
  • the vehicle has its steering wheel on the left of the longitudinal axis of the vehicle
  • has in force a certificate of exemption under section 163AA of the Road Traffic Act 1961 from compliance with specified Australian design rules or other vehicle standards.

A street rod vehicle

A street rod vehicle is a vehicle that:

  • has a body and frame that were manufactured before 1949, or
  • is a replica of a vehicle the body and frame of which were built before 1949

AND

  • has been modified in accordance with requirements or specifications accepted by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles – eg the ‘National Guidelines for the Construction and Modification of Street Rods in Australia’
  • has in force a certificate of exemption under section 163AA of the Road Traffic Act 1961 from compliance with specified Australian design rules or other vehicle standards.

How to apply for the conditional registration scheme

1. Complete the application form

2. Lodge the forms

Lodge the completed application forms at a Service SA customer service centre with the following:

  • The prescribed fees. The vehicle can be registered for periods of one, two or three years.
  • For a historic vehicle, any exemption issued by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Vehicle Standards, Kateena Street, Regency Park (where applicable).
  • If the vehicle is a left-hand drive, the left-hand drive exemption is issued by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Vehicle Standards, Kateena Street, Regency Park.
  • If the vehicle is a street rod vehicle, the certificate of exemption is issued by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Vehicle Standards, Kateena Street, Regency Park.

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.

Enquire now

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 7 July 2022

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Department for Infrastructure and Transport
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