Cancel vehicle registration
Who is this for
Light vehicle, light trailer or motor bike owners who wish to cancel their South Australian registration.
What you need
You can cancel your registration online if you have a mySA GOV 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.
You must indicate that the vehicle will be re-registered in the future by selecting “Yes” to the question “Will you be registering the vehicle again?”
If you lodge your application at Service SA you will be required to surrender the number plates. Alternatively, a plate surrender exemption can be completed on the condition the vehicle will be re-registered within 12 months.
For more information regarding the surrender of number plates contact Service SA.
A $20 cancellation fee is deducted from the refund.
What happens next
A refund cheque will be posted to the registered owner.
The cancellation will be effective from the date it is processed. For a wrecked or written-off vehicle, a statutory declaration or letter from an insurance company is required to backdate the effective date. The statutory declaration or correspondence from the insurance company must state the vehicle has not been driven on public roads since the date of the incident.
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.
As above, a cancellation fee is deducted from any refund due.
A refund will not be issued for the cancellation of an unregistered vehicle permit.
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 . For more information contact Service SA.
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).
Wrecked or 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.
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.