Special Motor Vehicle Number Plates


Motor vehicle owners can apply for special and personalised number plates.


Applications can be submitted directly to the Transport Management branch, or you can approach the nearest motor vehicle registering authority.

To apply for a special number plate, you need to complete and return application form SLN1, with a copy of your RSA ID.

Business applicants should provide:

  • A Traffic Register Number Certificate (issued by a motor vehicle registering authority).
  • Or a Business Registration Certificate (issued by the registrar of companies).
  • A copy of the proxy or representative's RSA ID.

Note: Motorists must verify all personal and address particulars with any motor vehicle or driving licence transaction.  These documents can be used as proof.

Application forms can be posted or faxed to the Licence Numbers section at:

PO Box 2603, Cape Town, 8000
Room 2-20, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town, 8000
Fax: 021 483 7332 or 021 483 2027

You can also go directly to the offices between 08:00 and 12:15 and 13:15 to 15:00.

Faxed applications are responded to within 24 hours. If approved, you will be issued with:

  • A letter of approval.
  • A letter requesting payment.

Once the proof of payment is submitted and processed, you will be issued with:

  • A licensing letter.
  • A SLN2 form.
  • A PLN2 certificate (for a personalised licence number).
  • An order letter for the licence plate manufacturer to enable them to manufacture the number plates.

You need to register the vehicle at a motor vehicle registering authority. The licensing letter and PLN2 certificate enables you to license your vehicle using the special vehicle licence number. The special number plates are made at the following authorised outlet.

Uniplate Group Pty Ltd
No. 10 14th Avenue

Tel: 021 593 5066
Fax: 021 593 6077
Contact Person: Ridha Abrahams
E-mail: ridha@uniplate.co.za

To keep or transfer a specialised licence number, you can send an application form to the licence number section. Applications should be accompanied by an RSA ID and a Traffic Register Number Certificate or a Business Registration Certificate, as appropriate.

Special conditions apply to the use of special number plates.

For more information:

Please visit the Western Cape Provincial Administration Personalised and Special Discrete Numbers website where you can:

  • Check to see if a licence number is available.
  • Submit an online application form.

Contact Details

Tel: 0860 212 414
SMS: 31022
Please Call Me: 079 769 1207
Fax: 021 483 7216
E-mail: service@westerncape.gov.za
Twitter: @WCGovTPW

Provided by:
Government Body: (Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government)
Personalised Licence Number Fee Example
1 x alpha or numeric character R10 000.00 1 - WP
B - WP
2 x alpha and/or numeric characters R6 000.00 11 - WP
1A - WP
3 x alpha and/or numeric characters R4 000.00 111 - WP
All others, up to a maximum of seven alpha and/or numeric characters R1 750.00 JOHNNY2 - WP
3 x digits and letters R10 000.00 CA 1
4 x digits and letters R6 000.00 CA 11
6 x digits and letters R2 000.00 CA 1111
CAW 111
All others R600.00 CA 123-456
CAW 12345


Registration fee: R69.00 for personalised and three to six digit discrete numbers.

The content on this page was last updated on 11 October 2017