Transferring vehicle registration

If you sell or otherwise dispose of a vehicle that has previously been registered in South Australia you must lodge a disposal notice within 14 days.

If you buy a registered vehicle in South Australia and the vehicle will be garaged in South Australia, the vehicle registration must be transferred into your name within 14 days.

The transfer fee and stamp duty must be paid to register the vehicle in the new owner's name.

If you have a mySA GOV account, you can log in and complete the transfer of vehicle registration or the disposal notice without having to go in to Service SA customer service centre. For disposal notices, the person you sold the vehicle to must have a South Australian driver's licence or client number.

If you don't have an account you'll need your client or licence number and a registration renewal document to create one.

Buying a vehicle

1. Check the vehicle registration before you purchase

Before you buy a vehicle, you should check the vehicle's registration.

You should also check whether the vehicle is recorded as stolen, written off or has money owing on it. This can be done by using the personal property securities register.

If the vehicle doesn't have current registration you will need to complete an application to register (see below)

2. Get a purchase receipt

The SA government registration and licensing system does not hold information about legal ownership of a vehicle. It is recommended that you (as the buyer) get a receipt as proof that you have bought the vehicle. The receipt should include:

  • your name, address and signature
  • the seller's name, address and signature,
  • the vehicle’s details such as vehicle identification number (VIN), engine number, make and model.
  • details of the sale including the date and price paid.

3. Complete transfer paperwork

The seller will need to provide the registration details certificate to complete the notice of disposal and application for transfer of registration.

If they do not have a registration details certificate for the vehicle they will need to obtain a replacement certificate.

You must complete the back of the vehicle's registration details certificate. The registration details certificate showing the seller's name as the registered owner must be provided by the seller.

There are two sections:

  1. the disposal notice (the responsibility of the seller)
  2. application for transfer of registration (the responsibility of the buyer).

If the seller has agreed to transfer the remaining registration, both the buyer and the seller must sign the application for transfer of registration.

4. Pay the transfer fee and stamp duty

To complete this transaction you must lodge the application for transfer of registration with 14 days or a late transfer fee may apply.

If you or the seller don't have a South Australian client or licence number you will need to take your paperwork to a Service SA customer service centre. You will also need to bring evidence of identity.

The total amount payable can be calculated by using the online stamp duty calculator or you can phone 13 10 84. A registration transfer fee applies.

Online

MySA GOV account holders can complete the notice online.

Login

In person

Take the completed and signed application for transfer of registration to a Service SA Customer Service Centre.

If the vehicle is unregistered you will also need to complete an MR1 Application for registration and third party insurance (67.1 KB PDF). Use the information on the registration details certificate to complete the application

You will need:

  • your licence or client number
  • name and address of the person you bought the vehicle from
  • vehicle registration (plate) number
  • engine number
  • vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number
  • vehicle details including make, type and year of manufacture.

The Heavy vehicle configuration information sheet (405.6 KB PDF) has information that may help you register a vehicle if the vehicle has a GVM/GTM exceeding 4,500 kg.

You can pay using a credit card, cash, cheque or money order.

By post

Mail the completed and signed application for transfer of registration along with the correct fee to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

The stamp duty payable can be calculated by using the online stamp duty calculator or you can phone 13 10 84. Please note a registration transfer fee applies.

If the vehicle is unregistered you will also need to complete an application for registration and third party insurance. Use the information on the registration details certificate to complete the application

You will need:

  • your name, address and date of birth
  • your licence or client number
  • name and address of the person you bought the vehicle from
  • vehicle registration (plate) number
  • engine number
  • vehicle identification number (VIN) or chassis number
  • vehicle details including make, type and year of manufacture.

The Heavy vehicle configuration information sheet (405.6 KB PDF) has information that may help you register a vehicle if the vehicle has a GVM/GTM exceeding 4,500 kg.

Selling a vehicle

1. Find the vehicle's registration details certificate

The transfer paperwork can be found on the back of the vehicle’s registration details certificate. If you don't have your vehicle's registration certificate you will need to arrange a replacement certificate.

2. Give the buyer a purchase receipt

The SA government registration and licensing system does not hold information about legal ownership of a vehicle. It is recommended that you (as the seller) provide the buyer with a receipt as proof that you have sold the vehicle and you no longer have ownership. The receipt should include:

  • your name, address and signature
  • buyer's name, address and signature
  • vehicle’s details such as vehicle identification number (VIN), engine number, make and model.
  • details of the sale including the date and price paid.

3. Complete transfer paperwork with the buyer

Complete the back of the vehicle’s registration details certificate. The certificate must be provided by the seller.

  1. the disposal notice (the responsibility of the seller)
  2. application for transfer of registration (the responsibility of the buyer)

As the seller, you can authorise the transfer of the remaining registration by signing the application to transfer registration and giving it to the buyer. This needs both signatures.

If you don't intend to transfer the registration, do not sign the transfer papers.

If you (as the seller) don’t want to authorise the transfer of registration, you must cancel the registration within seven days of sale.

The buyer then has to lodge the application to transfer registration within 14 days.

4. Notify the sale of the vehicle

Online

MySA GOV account holders can complete the notice online. The person you sold the vehicle to must have a South Australian driver's licence or client number.

Login

In person

Take the notice to a Service SA Customer Service Centre.

Post

Mail the notice to:

Service SA
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

The question 'are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?' is a routine question that Service SA staff ask you when registering a vehicle in your name for the first time.

Your answer is used for road safety statistical analysis only and is not disclosed to any other authorities.

MR1492 Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin? (525.9 KB PDF) (525.9 KB PDF)


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Page last updated 27 February 2019

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