Short-term unregistered vehicle permits

Apply for a short-term unregistered vehicle permit through mySA GOV.

Who is this for

If you want to drive your 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.

What you'll need

A mySA GOV account

You will need the following details:

  • 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.

You will need 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.


Check unregistered vehicle permit fees

Other ways to apply

If you are unable to apply online, you can 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


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.

Enquire now


Call Service SA Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays on:

In person

Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.

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