Interstate-registered vehicles

If you live in South Australia and own or acquire a vehicle (including trailers, caravans and motorcycles) that is registered in another state or territory, you'll need to apply for registration in South Australia.

Visitors can drive an interstate-registered vehicle for up to 90 days.

How to apply

Interstate registration is in your name

If you have moved to South Australia and own a vehicle registered in another state or territory, you must apply for SA registration within 3 months.

What you'll need

Take the following to a Service SA customer service centre:

Identity inspection

An identity inspection is required if:

  • the registration has been expired for more than three months
  • there is a change to the registered ownership details.


You will need to pay:

Stamp duty will also be payable if there are any changes to the ownership details or you do not have an interstate registration certificate.

Vehicle acquired from interstate

If you are a South Australian resident and acquire a vehicle registered interstate, you should apply for SA registration as soon as practicable.

What you'll need

Take these documents to a Service SA customer service centre:


You will need to pay:

What happens next

When you pay the registration you will be issued a set of number plates. You must affix them to your vehicle on the day you receive them.

Surrender your interstate number plates at any Service SA customer service centre.

Refund of interstate registration

If the interstate registration was in your name, you can apply to the interstate authority for a refund on any unexpired portion of registration once the plates have been surrendered.

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