Cancel vehicle registration

Cancel registration for your vehicle, trailer or motorbike online if you have a mySA GOV account.

To be eligible to cancel online you must declare either:

  • you will re-register the vehicle in future
  • you have sold the vehicle and do not authorise the remaining registration to be transferred to the new owner

Log in

or create an account.

To cancel online, in the Vehicles section of your account, select the registration number that you wish to cancel. Under Payments, select Cancel registration.

Other ways to apply

Email

Scan a completed application form (127.4 KB PDF) and email it to servicesa@sa.gov.au.

For the cancellation to be processed by email you must declare on the application that you will re-register the vehicle in the future.

In person

Take the completed application form (127.4 KB PDF) to a Service SA customer service centre.

Number plates must be surrendered if the vehicle will not be re-registered in the future.

By post

Send the completed application form (127.4 KB PDF) to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Number plates must be surrendered if the vehicle will not be re-registered in the future.

Cost

A $20 cancellation fee is deducted from the refund.

What happens next

A refund cheque will be posted to the registered owner.

To re-register a vehicle that has had the number plates surrendered, new number plates will be issued when applying for registration (number plate fee payable).

Refunds

  • the cancellation will be effective from the date it is processed
  • a pro-rata refund is calculated on the remaining portion of the vehicle’s registration fee, compulsory third party insurance premium and lifetime support scheme levy
  • no refund is issued on the stamp duty on the compulsory third party insurance or Emergency Services Levy
  • the administration fee charged for a renewal of registration or a new registration is non-refundable
  • a cancellation fee is deducted from the refund
  • refunds are payable to the registered owner. Requests for the refund to be paid to another party must be accompanied by approval from the registered owner in the form of a Procuration Order (356.0 KB PDF)

Wrecked and written-off vehicles

For a wrecked or written-off vehicle, a statutory declaration or letter from an insurance company is required to backdate the effective date of the cancellation.

The statutory declaration or letter from the insurance company must state that the vehicle has not been driven on public roads since the date of the incident and that the number plates have been destroyed.

If the plates were not destroyed, they must be surrendered at Service SA at the time of cancellation.

Stolen vehicles

30 days must have passed since the date the vehicle was stolen before the registration can be cancelled. The cancellation will be backdated to the date the vehicle was stolen. Applications must be submitted to a Service SA customer service centre.

Vehicles now registered interstate

If you have moved and registered your vehicle interstate, you can apply for a refund on the unexpired portion of South Australian registration.

A copy of the interstate registration certificate and the receipt for the surrender of number plates issued by the interstate authority must be included in the email.

Scan the registration certificate, plate surrender receipt and a completed application form (127.4 KB PDF) and email it to servicesa@sa.gov.au. A refund cheque will be posted to the registered owner.


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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/vehicle-registration/cancelling-vehicle-registration
Last Updated:
05/02/21
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06/03/21
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