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Vehicle Registration Rules South Australia (SA)

Vehicle Registration Rules South Australia (SA)

Quick Answer: In South Australia, you don’t need an annual inspection – all you just need to do is make sure you pay your rego renewal on time.

In this guide, we’ll give you an overview of the registration rules that relate to motor vehicles in South Australia. We’ll also provide links the the relevant pages on the Government of South Australia website so you have all the resources to hand so you can register your vehicle if required.

Vehicle Registration Requirements South Australia

All vehicles driven on South Australian roads must be registered, with exceptions for specific circumstances like temporary permits or unregistered vehicles being towed.

  • Who Can Register: Registration can be done by individuals or businesses who are the registered operators of the vehicle.
  • Brand New Vehicle Registration: If you buy a new car, you typically have 14 days (excluding public holidays) to register it in your name. Proof of purchase and an identity check are usually required.
  • Used Vehicle Registration: When buying a used car already registered in South Australia, you have 14 days to transfer the registration to your name.
  • Moving to South Australia: If you’re moving to South Australia from another state or territory and bringing your registered car, you have 90 days to register it in South Australia.
  • Fees: Registration fees depend on vehicle type, emissions, chosen registration period, and any concessions you might be eligible for (e.g., electric vehicles).
  • Inspections: In some cases, vehicle inspections (roadworthiness) might be required before registration.

When is a vehicle inspection needed?

In South Australia, roadworthiness inspections are not mandatory for most vehicle registrations. However, there are some exceptions where an inspection might be required:

  • Vehicles with a Major Defect Notice: If your car has been issued a major defect notice during a previous inspection, it will need to pass a roadworthiness inspection before being re-registered.
  • Modified Vehicles: Vehicles with significant modifications (engine swaps, suspension changes, etc.) might require an inspection to ensure they comply with safety regulations.
  • Imported Vehicles: Vehicles imported from overseas will typically need a roadworthiness inspection before registration.
  • Certain Vehicle Types: Some vehicle types, like buses and taxis, are subject to regular roadworthiness inspections.

Here’s what a roadworthiness inspection in South Australia might typically cover:

    • Brakes: Functionality, wear and tear on pads and discs/drums.
    • Steering and Suspension: Condition of components, alignment, any leaks.
    • Tyres: Tread depth, overall condition, correct inflation pressure.
    • Lights and Indicators: Operation of headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights.
    • Windscreen and Windows: Cracks, chips, visibility issues.
    • Seatbelts: Functionality and proper operation.
    • Body and Chassis: Rust, damage, leaks, modifications that might affect safety.
    • Fluid Levels: Engine oil, brake fluid, coolant.
    • Emissions (in some cases):

Tip: If buying a second hand car, make sure you get a Pre-purchase Inspection to make sure the car is accident free and not in need of major mechancal work/

Get quotes now from local mechanics for your next vehicle inspection.

Important Resources:

This is a general overview. It’s always recommended to consult the official South Australian government resources for the latest information and any specific requirements that might apply to your situation.

If you have specific questions about vehicles and registration in South Australia, you might want to explore mylicence.sa.gov.au. The .gov site covers further information about number plates, finding an approved insurer, penalties that can apply for breaking rules, and the rules that apply to visiting motorists.

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