Licences, Permits & Certificates

Applications to Use a Public Road for Sport and Filming Purposes

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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 Transport and Public Works for provincial roads.

Driving Instructor's Certificate Applications

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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.

Driving Licence Testing Centre Registration

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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 evaluate the testing centre concerned and recommend an appropriate grading. The inspectorate will also conduct at least one inspection per year to monitor the standards applied at the centre and advise any driving licence testing centre on any improvement and maintenance of testing facilities and procedures that are necessary.

Driving Licences

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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 expiry date appears on the card. Before the card expires, you should apply for a new card.

Motor Trade Number Applications

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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:  

Motor Vehicle Information

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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.

Motor Vehicle Testing (Station) Centre Registration

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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 of practice SABS 0216 "Vehicle test station evaluation" and if the manner of examining and testing a motor vehicle complies with code of practice SABS 047 "The testing of motor vehicles for roadworthiness". If an application is successful, the registration certificate must be prominently displayed at all times.

Number Plate Manufacturer Registrations

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In terms of the National Road Traffic Act, anyone manufacturing or selling licence plates must be registered.

Permits for Abnormal Loads and Vehicles

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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 assistance.

Professional Driving Permit Applications

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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:

Public Operating Licence Applications

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Before you transport passengers for gain, you need to have a public operating licence.

Registration of Manufacturers, Importers and Builders of Motor Vehicles

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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.

Roadworthiness Testing

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A roadworthiness certificate can be obtained from any private or public vehicle testing station. The roadworthiness test checks the following aspects of the vehicle:

Special Motor Vehicle Number Plates

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

Vehicle Clearance Certificates

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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.

Vehicle Examiner and Driving Licences Examiner Registration

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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 training in relation to the laws applicable to the transportation of dangerous goods (traffic officer only).

Vehicle Licences

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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 grace period of 21 days after the expiry date of the vehicle's licence in which to renew the licence without incurring penalties and arrears.

Vehicle Registration

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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 vehicle registration and licensing are recorded on the National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS). A vehicle's registration is terminated:

Weighbridge Certificates

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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.