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New Vehicle Licence Regulations

South African vehicle owners are now required to provide a full names, identity document, proof of residential and postal addresses when applying to renew their vehicle licence. The new rule came into effect on Monday, 2 November 2015, by the National Department of Transport as part of Regulation 32A of the National Road Traffic Regulations.

Drivers, whose vehicle licences are up for renewal should take note that the issuing of a vehicle licence disc could be denied if they fail to provide proof of residence. Proof of residence may include a utility bill issued by the municipality, a telephone account and retail store account, provided that it is not older than three months. The Department of Transport says the purpose of this regulation is to ensure that everyone receive their vehicle and driving licence renewal notices and any other road traffic related communique.

The new requirements entail the provision of full names, identity document, proof of residential and postal address for verification when:

  • There is a change of the person’s particulars or change of address
  • When an application is made for a national traffic information system (NaTIS) service at the City’s Motor Vehicle Registration offices or at a driving licence testing centre.
  • When applying for a driving licence, applying for the renewal of a driving licence, applying for a learner’s licence, applying for vehicle licence disc, renewing a vehicle licence disc, and registering a vehicle.

E-TOLL: Regulations 25(7) and 59(2) of the National Road Traffic Act do not make provision for the withholding of licence discs for outstanding e-toll fees. Legislation that enables this action has not yet been gazetted.



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