Register a new vehicle

To register a new vehicle in South Australia, you'll need to visit a customer service centre with the appropriate documents.

Light vehicles

Complete an application for registration and third party insurance (74.6 KB PDF) and provide proof of purchase. Proof of purchase can be an invoice or other evidence of purchase from a motor vehicle dealership. The invoice should outline the vehicle particulars, such as make, model etc, and must include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and correspond with the details provided in the application for registration.

If you can't provide proof of purchase, an identity inspection will be required. You will have to pay stamp duty on the vehicle value and the applicable registration fees.

Light trailers

Complete an application for registration and third party insurance (74.6 KB PDF) and provide proof of purchase of the vehicle. Proof of purchase can be in the form of an invoice or other evidence of purchase from a motor vehicle dealership. The invoice should outline the vehicle particulars, such as make, model etc, and must include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and correspond with the details provided in the application for registration.  If you can't provide proof of purchase an identity inspection will be required. In addition, if the trailer is homemade or built by a manufacturer that is not recognised on the registration and licensing system with a make code, an identity inspection will be required. You will also have to pay the applicable registration fees.

Information required on a trailer application will include the trailer's gross trailer mass (GTM) this information should be included on the trailer identification plate (previously known as a compliance plate). Refer to Light vehicle towing trailer regulations (GVM 4.5 tonnes or less) vehicle standards fact sheet (350.8 KB PDF) for information on determining the GTM of a trailer.

Heavy vehicles

Complete an application for registration and third party insurance (74.6 KB PDF) and provide proof of purchase of the vehicle. Proof of purchase can be in the form of an invoice or other evidence of purchase from a motor vehicle dealership. The invoice should outline the vehicle particulars, such as make, model etc, and must include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and correspond with the details provided in the application for registration.

If you can't provide proof of purchase, an identity inspection will be required. You will have to pay stamp duty on the vehicle value and the applicable registration fees.

Information required on a heavy trailer application will include the trailer's gross trailer mass (GTM) this information should be included on the trailer identification plate (previously known as a compliance plate).

Information on determining the GTM of a heavy trailer can be found in the Light vehicle towing trailer regulations (GVM 4.5 tonnes or less) vehicle standards fact sheet (350.8 KB PDF).

In addition, an inspection may be required where the vehicle is to be operated as a restricted access vehicle.

Contact the inspection bookings area on 13 10 84 for more information on inspection requirements.


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Page last updated 13 July 2022

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