What you need to know about the new vehicle licensing rules

Drivers licence

IN South Africa, the driving licence is the official document which authorises the holder to drive a motor vehicle on a public road.

Driving licences are issued by authorised driving licence testing centres, which are run by the municipalities under the supervision of the provincial and national Departments of Transport.

Since 1998, the driving licence has been issued in a credit card format. Before then it was included in the holder’s national identity document.

On November, 1 2015 rules regarding registering vehicles, renewing licence discs and drivers’ licences changed, and those wishing to do so now have to provide proof of both physical and postal addresses. Failure to do so may result in the licence disc not being issued.

The following information will have to produced in order to register vehicles, renew licence discs, driving licenses:

  •  Full names, date of birth, identity number and business registration number (if applicable)
  •  Any form of acceptable identification
  •  Proof of postal and residential address by means of any utility account, provided that in the case where the person is not the person in whose name the utility account is issued, the person in whose name the utility account is issued must make an affidavit or affirmation declaring that the person resides at the address and the affidavit or affirmation must be accompanied by the utility account of that person.
  • Completed application LV form (also available online from www.enatis.com )

In the case of a person who lives in an informal settlement, they need to provide a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming the postal and residential address.

These amendments would also affect persons applying for a learners licence.

And another reminder – vehicle licence renewal forms will no longer be sent out, so do keep an eye on your vehicle’s licence disc.


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Sugan Naidoo

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