Who can apply

Trade plates may be issued to:

How to apply

1. Application form

Complete an application for trade plates (155.3 KB PDF) and application for approval for issue of trade plates (132.3 KB PDF).

2. Supporting documents

The application must include the primary and secondary supporting documents listed on this page.

3. Lodge the application

Lodge your application at a Service SA customer service centre.

Supporting documents

You need to produce:

  • at least two primary documents, or
  • one primary document and three secondary documents.

You can also apply to the Motor Trade Association for a recommendation to show that you are suitable to hold a trade plate.

Primary documents

  • premises / mobile workshop inspection certificate, listing principal business activities
  • letter of membership to the Motor Trade Association
  • current RAA approved repair service agreement
  • second hand vehicle dealer's certificate
  • ASIC Business Name Extract
  • ASIC Company Extract
  • confirmation of WorkCover registration.
  • Documented evidence of being an employer in the automotive and allied trades;

Secondary documents

  • entry in the South Australian Yellow Pages
  • entry in the South Australian White Pages
  • notice of issue of an ABN from the Australian Taxation Office
  • Council approval documentation
  • certificate of registered business name or company name.

Trade plate sizes

The plate size issued depends on the type of vehicle categories that you nominate.

A motorcycle sized plate will be issued if the only category nominated is motorcycle.

All other vehicle category types and combinations will be issued a general vehicle sized trade plate.

Period of issue

A trade plate may be issued for one, two or three years. A certificate and label will be issued to you when all the requirements are completed.

Plate categories

You may apply for a trade plate to be used on vehicles belonging to one or more of the following categories.

Heavy vehicle

A motor vehicle or trailer that has a gross vehicle mass exceeding 4500kg (excluding a farm implement and farm machine or special purpose vehicle).

The heavy vehicle category does not allow the trade plate to be used for vehicles that belong to the light vehicle category. If you wish to use a trade plate for both types of vehicles, you would need to nominate both categories in your application.

Light vehicle

A motor vehicle that has a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 4500kg (excluding a motorcycle, trailer, farm machine, farm implement and special purpose vehicle).


Any motorcycle regardless of the engine capacity.


A trailer that has a gross trailer mass not exceeding 4500kg (excluding a farm implement, farm machine and special purpose vehicle).

Farm implements and farm machines

Self-propelled farm machines and towed farm implements only.

Special purpose vehicles

Any vehicle not specifically designed for the carriage of passengers or goods including farm implements and farm machines.


It is an offence to use a trade plate on a category of vehicle that is not recorded on the certificate and label that is issued to you.

The Motor Vehicle Regulations 2010 detail the purposes for which a trade plate may be used.

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Page last updated 19 March 2019

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