Replace lost or stolen number plates

If one or both of your number plates have been lost or stolen, report it to the South Australia Police (SAPOL) and ask for a report number.

To make a report, call the police assistance line on 131 444.

Your local Service SA centre can issue you with new standard issue plates. These will have a different plate number than your previous set. If your vehicle had special number plates, like custom or personalised, you may decide to replace the same number.

There is a different process if your plates are damaged or worn.

1. Complete the form

Replace number plates (64.5 KB PDF)

2. Submit the form

In person

Submit the form in person to a Service SA centre and pay the fee.


Post the form with payment by cheque or money order to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001


$32 with a police report number

$63 without a police report number

What happens next

If you apply for new standard issue plates, these will be available immediately at any Service SA centre when you attend in person.

If you are ordering replacement or new special plates, these will be available to collect from Service SA, or be posted, in approximately 10 working days. You can continue to drive your vehicle provided you keep the receipt with you when driving.

Plates will only be issued provided the registration of the vehicle is current.

Can I keep the exact same plate number

If the plates have been reported as lost or stolen to the police, it is recommended you change the plate number. As the plate number is added to the police records, use of the same number plate can trigger false police alerts.

Your local Service SA centre can issue you with new standard plates which don't incur an annual fee, or you can choose a new special plate.

In some cases you may be able to request the same plate number, for example, you have custom or personalised plates.

You will be required to sign a disclaimer on the application form if you decide to retain the plate. In these circumstances you will be charged the normal $32 replacement plate fee.

You may be questioned by the police while driving a vehicle with plates that have been reported as lost or stolen.

Need help?

Contact Service SA


Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within 3 working days.

If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, phone or visit a Service SA centre instead.

Enquire now


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

In person

Service SA centre locations and opening hours.

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