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Process of renewing driver’s & car license

According to the South African government, licences must be renewed four weeks before the printed expiry date. To find your expiry date, it is printed on your License card below the license number

 

 

 

You will need to bring:

  • ID book or Temporary ID document
  • A photocopy of your ID book
  • Your current about to expire driver’s license
  • 2 ID sized photos
  • R200 in cash (some places do accept cards now but this is not the norm)
  • Proof of residence not older than 3 months
  • A black pen
  • Wet wipes to clean your hands after your fingerprints are done

 

The process is pretty straight forward but can be time consuming so book out 2 – 3 hours for this.

  • Find the information or enquiries counter
  • Ask for the DL1 application form
  • Complete the form
  • Find the eye test room and join the queue (the person at the info counter will assist you)
  • Once your eye test is completed and you pass, you will be taken for fingerprints
  • You will now go and pay for your new license – if you need a temporary license you will need to pay attentional amount and tell the teller at this counter
  • You are now finished, you will receive an sms notification when your license will be ready, this can take 4-6 weeks.

 

Natis (National Traffic Information System) allows you to book your renewal of your Driving Licence Card online however you will still need to go and get an eye test done by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist and bring along your eye test report on the day of your booking. You will need to complete DL1 form and bring your Identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID with your old driving licence card

 

To renew your licence disc:

 

You can find out when your disc is going to expire by either by a notice in the mail or by looking at your disc.

You will need to bring:

  • ID book or Temporary ID document
  • A photocopy of your ID book
  • Motor Vehicle License renewal notice or a MVL2 document
  • Licensing fees (this amount will depend on a number of factors and changes regularly, most recent check, the cost was R460) Some places accept card payment
  • Proof of residence not older than 3 months
  • A black pen

 

The process:

  • Find the information or enquiries counter
  • If you don’t have an AL1 Application form already, request for one, its normally a blue form.
  • Complete the form
  • Go to the cashier
  • The cashier will go through your documents and if all is in order, process your payment and print you a new disc
  • Some departments offer you a cutting service to cut the new disc from the A4 page.

 

Some banks offer this as a service if you bank with them. You will pay extra for the service, but it will save you time. You will need the following:

 

  • ID book or Temporary ID document
  • Motor Vehicle License renewal notice or a MVL2 document
  • Proof of residence not older than 3 months

 

 

Each bank offers their own ETA on this process from a few days to 2 weeks depending on the area and couriers. The best would be to consult your banks webpage for more details.

In a busy world sometimes its great to be able to do your vehicle admin online, why go spend 2 hours at the license department when you can pay a company to do it for you.

There are companies around that offer an online service to renew your license disc online. The process is simple, assuming you own the vehicle or the vehicle is in your name: 

 

  • Take a picture of your license disc with your phone 
  • Take a picture of your driver’s license/ID document 
  • Scan your proof of residence. 

 

Then you will upload or email these documents to your preferred renewal company and they will process it and arrange a delivery date and time for you. This normally takes 3-5 working days so don’t leave your disc to expire before contacting an online renewal company.

 

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