Short-term unregistered vehicle permits

If you need to drive an unregistered vehicle on the road for a special reason such as a vehicle inspection, for repairs or to attend a car event or rally, you may need an unregistered vehicle permit.

Apply online if you have a mySA GOV account.

You'll need:

  • number plate details
  • vehicle identification number (VIN) or engine number
  • type and make of vehicle
  • reason for the permit
  • the route and specific time to be driven
  • access to a printer.

Some permits can't be issued online - eg left-hand drive vehicle permits that require a left-hand drive exemption certificate, or defected vehicles with a lift and tow restriction.

Cost

Check unregistered vehicle permit fees

Other ways to apply

If you can't apply online, complete an application form (307.6 KB PDF), and take it to a Service SA customer service centre with the appropriate fee.

What happens next

The permit must be attached to the windscreen of your vehicle, or if the vehicle does not have a windscreen, the permit must be carried with you while driving the vehicle.

Permits may be granted for a maximum of three days but are usually only issued for as long as necessary - eg one day for a vehicle inspection.

No refund is paid if a permit is cancelled.

Lost or damaged permit

If an unregistered vehicle permit is lost or damaged, access the permit and print a free replacement from a mySA GOV account providing the permit is not expired.

To access the permit:

  • log in to your mySA GOV account:
  • under the My services menu select View My Documents
  • select Download Document to access a PDF copy of the permit.

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 5 February 2021

Provided by:
Department for Infrastructure and Transport
URL:
https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/registration/conditional-registration/unregistered-vehicle-permits
Last Updated:
05/02/21
Printed on:
14/04/21
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