Transfer a vehicle registration

When you are the new owner or buyer of an SA registered vehicle (including a car, caravan, motorcycle or trailer), you must transfer the registration within 14 days or you may have to pay a late transfer fee of $102.

There is a different process if you are the seller of a vehicle.

Circumstances where you can't transfer online - for example, the vehicle is unregistered.

Transfer online

You can transfer registration online if you have a mySAGOV account.

You'll need:

  • the plate number
  • the seller’s SA driver’s licence or client number
  • the seller’s name.

Other ways to apply


You will need to pay:

Stamp duty doesn't apply for trailers or caravans with a GTM of 4.5 tonnes or less.

Reasons you can't transfer online

To transfer registration online you must have a mySAGOV account.

Online transfer isn't available if:

See other ways to apply

Proof of ownership

The registration certificate does not prove legal ownership of a vehicle. If you are the buyer of a vehicle, it is recommended you obtain a receipt as proof the vehicle has been purchased. The receipt should include:

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

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