Vehicle registration

Registering a new vehicle

Light vehicles

To register a new light vehicle in SA you will need to attend Service SA with an application for registration and third party insurance (87.8 KB PDF) and proof of purchase of the vehicle. 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 cannot provide evidence 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

To register a new light trailer in SA you will need to attend Service SA with an application for registration and third party insurance (87.8 KB PDF) and 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 cannot provide evidence of purchase an identity inspection will be required. Additionally, if the trailer is homemade or built by a manufacturer which 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). For information on determining the GTM of a trailer refer to the Light vehicle towing trailer regulations (GVM 4.5 tonnes or less) Vehicle Standards Fact Sheet (440.9 KB PDF).

Heavy vehicles

To register a new heavy vehicle in SA you will need to attend Service SA with an application for registration and third party insurance (87.8 KB PDF) and 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 cannot provide evidence 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 (440.9 KB PDF).

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

Further information on inspection requirements can be obtained by contact the inspection bookings area on 13 10 84.


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Page last updated 24 July 2018

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Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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