Transfer vehicle registration

When you buy or acquire a vehicle (including trailers, caravans and motorcycles) that is registered in SA, you must transfer the registration within 14 days or you'll have to pay a late transfer fee of $94.

There are additional requirements for heavy vehicles and unregistered vehicles.

Transfer registration online using a mySAGOV account. Create an account if you don't already have one.

You'll need:

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

Other ways to apply


You will need to pay:

  • a transfer fee of $31
  • stamp duty - use the calculator. Stamp duty does not apply for trailers or caravans with a GTM of 4.5 tonnes or less.

Additional requirements

Heavy vehicles

If the vehicle or trailer has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or aggregate trailer mass (ATM) over 4.5 tonnes and is three years or older from date of manufacture, a change of ownership inspection will be required.

Unregistered vehicles

There are additional requirements to register an expired SA vehicle.

Conditional registration

There may be additional requirements to transfer a vehicle with conditional registration.

Proof of ownership

The registration details certificate does not prove legal ownership of a vehicle. It is recommended the buyer 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 registration number, vehicle identification number (VIN), engine number, make and model.
  • details of the sale including the date, and price paid.

Contact Service SA


Only send general enquiries online. Service SA will respond within three working days.

If the matter is urgent or is specifically about your current licence or registration, phone or visit a customer service centre instead.

Enquire now


Call Service SA between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays:

In person

Service SA Customer Service Centre locations and opening hours.

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