Licences, Permits and Certificates

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Members of the public can apply to use a public road for sport and filming purposes. The permit application depends on whether a road is a municipal or a provincial road. You can contact the City of Cape Town for municipal roads or the Department of...
You have to convert your foreign driving licence within five years from obtaining your permanent residency or resuming your residency. This is according to the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 of South Africa.
As from 1 May 2003, the credit card format driving licence officially replaced the Identity Document (ID) version. You can still convert your old ID driving licence to the credit card format if you fall into one of the following categories:
If you have a disability, you can apply for a disabled parking disc from the municipality. This disc allows you to park in allocated disability parking bays and exempts you from parking provisions in certain circumstances.To qualify for a disabled...
All driving instructors are required to register. To obtain an instructor's certificate, you are required to undergo a criminal record check, obtain a medical certificate and pass an instructor's test.
Should you wish to open a driving licence testing centre, the centre needs to be registered with the Minister of Transport. Once an application has been received to open a driving testing centre, the inspectorate of driving licence testing centres will...
All South African drivers are required to have a credit card format driving licence. This is automatically issued when a new driver receives a licence. The credit card style driving licence expires five years from the date on which it was issued. The...
Manufacturers, builders and importers of vehicles, as well as motor transport contractors and motor dealers, may drive unregistered vehicles on public roads under a motor trade number. This is only permitted in order for:  
Should you need the registration information of a vehicle confirmed, you can approach a motor vehicle registration authority. The vehicle details cannot be given out but any information you have can be confirmed.
All motor vehicle testing stations need to be registered and graded before they can issue valid roadworthiness certificates.   An application will only be approved if the testing station complies with the level of technical competence required in code...
In terms of the National Road Traffic Act, anyone manufacturing or selling licence plates must be registered.
A permit is needed to transport abnormal loads and vehicles. The requirements for a permit depend on the size and nature of the load or vehicle.   The conditions applying to a permit are stipulated on the permit itself and may include traffic...
To drive certain types of vehicles, you are required to have a professional driving permit in addition to your driving licence. A professional driving permit (PrDP) is required if you drive the following vehicles:
Before you transport passengers for gain, you need to have a public operating licence.
Every manufacturer, importer or builder of motor vehicles must be registered with the Department of Transport and Public Roads (Transport Administration and Licensing) before a vehicle manufactured, imported or built is distributed or sold.
A roadworthiness certificate can be obtained from any private or public vehicle testing station. The roadworthiness test checks the following aspects of the vehicle:
Motor vehicle owners can apply for special and personalised number plates.
If your car's engine number or chassis number has changed, you are required to get a clearance certificate before you can reregister the vehicle.
Licence inspectors, vehicle examiners, driving licence examiners, traffic officers and traffic wardens need to be registered.   The minimum requirements are that you must:   have an appropriate diploma. be a fit and proper person. have undergone...
The law requires your vehicle to be licensed annually. It is your duty as the vehicle's owner, to ensure that the licence is renewed before it expires. If the licence is not renewed you are liable to pay late licensing penalties and arrears. There is a...
All vehicle title holders are required by law to register their vehicles when they finance the sale of the vehicle or buy a vehicle without external financing. The owner, as the person who will enjoy the use of the vehicle, will license the vehicle. The...
If you build a vehicle up from parts, or if the tare of the vehicle changes, you will have to obtain a weighbridge certificate before you will be able to register the vehicle...