Vehicle Standards Exemption Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit if you own or operate a heavy vehicle and intend to be exempt certain vehicle standards compliance requirements. A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes.

This permit will be issued if:

  • vehicle standards would prevent the heavy vehicle from operating for the purpose for which it was built
  • the heavy vehicle is an experimental, prototype or similar vehicle that cannot be reasonably expected to comply with vehicle standards
  • the heavy vehicle does not need to comply with similar vehicle standards prior to the commencement of the national law.

This exemption permit may apply to one or more heavy vehicles.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All NHVR Portal (Opens in new window)

Additional information

Do not apply for this permit if you have completed a modification application.

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Vehicle Standards Unit

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Mailing address: PO BOX 492
Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006
Phone: 1300 696 487
Fax: 1300 736 798
Website: About Vehicle Standards (Opens in new window)