Usually you will receive a renewal notice in the post, already filled in and ready to submit. But if you don’t, don’t fear. You can print out the relevant form from here:
Fill this in as legibly as you can and also get together the following:
- Green barcoded ID or new Smartcard ID
- Proof of residence such as a utility bill. If your name does not appear on the bill, you must attach an affidavit from the owner of the property. If you are unsure how to write an affidavit, you can download a template from here, and fill in the blanks.
- Moola (Cash) for the license. Fees varies from province to province, please check out the link from Driveit.co.za for the 2018 fees. Always take a little extra just in case.
Now that you have everything ready, where do you go?
You can renew your license a number of ways. You can go to the vehicle licensing department in your town, stand in line, submit your documentation, pay and get your disc. Or you can trundle off to your nearest post office and get it done so much quicker. However, some of the Provinces have yet to implement this. You can check on the SA Post office site which branches offer this service.
Bonus tip: Google your nearest post office that offers renewals. In your search results, Google will have a graph with information on when that particular Post Office will be busy
Pick a time and day when it’s a bit slower and you will be in and out in a jiffy.
There are also websites where you can renew your license online. These basically work on the principle that anyone can renew a license if they have the correct documentation. (Yes, someone else can renew your license for you). They then post the new license disk to you but also charge a handling fee. This is great for someone willing to pay the extra fees and really have no time to stand in a line.
And then for our lucky FNB readers. They have launched an app where you can renew your license from the comfort of your own home and they will post the disc to you. Handling (postage) fees will apply.
If you have outstanding fines on your drivers license you can still renew your vehicle license, but if you have any vehicles registered to you with outstanding license fees, you will have to pay these as well before you can renew just one vehicle license.
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Happy trails and drive safe! AYOBA!