Trade Plates - South Australia

Service summary

The issue of a trade plate is restricted to persons such as vehicle repairers and motor dealers wishing to drive an unregistered vehicle for limited purposes, eg delivery of a vehicle from manufacturer to a dealer or auctioneer, testing of a vehicle that has recently been repaired or test driving a new vehicle prior to sale.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


1, 2 or 3 years.


Variable depending on the type of vehicle plate to be used.

Additional information

Documents must be physically presented with payment at a Service SA Customer Service Centre for processing.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Lands, Vehicle Registration and Licensing

Act(s) name

Motor Vehicles Act 1959 (South Australia)

Contact details

General Inquiries

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has Service SA Customer Service Centres throughout South Australia which deliver Registration and Licensing services. Customer Service Centres are open for business Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Operating address:
77 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001





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