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Your Licence Renewal Questions Answered

Author: Compare Guru
Date: 2017-01-12
Are you constantly confused about how to go about licensing your car? Here are the 6 most popular licence renewal questions answered.
Renewing your car or drivers licence is often something met with confusion, no matter how many times we go through it.
"How long do I have to renew?" "What do I need to bring with me?"
These are just two of many questions we bombard each other with when it is time to renew. Car Insurance Comparison(2)

Take A Look At The Most Asked Questions About Licence Renewal

QUESTION 1 - When Do You Have To Renew Your Car Licence?

Motorists are required by law to renew their vehicle licence every year.

QUESTION 2 - How Long Do You Have To Renew?

You will have a 21-day grace period, which is calculated from the expiry date on your licence disk.

QUESTION 3 - What If You Forget To Renew My Licence?

If you forget to renew your car licence, even past the 21 day grace period, expect penalties. Penalties are calculated at 10% of the licence renewal fee for every month that goes by without renewing.
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QUESTION 4 - Why Do We No Longer Receive Licence Renewal Notices In The Post?

After over a year of no licence renewal reminder notices that remind motorists of when they need to renew their car licences, we ask, "what's the hold up?" The problem lies in the control of the National Traffic Information System (eNatis), which is outsourced and managed by a company called Tasima. Tasima refused to hand over the system to the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation as a result of non-payment of the post office bill. The Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation claims the five year extension of contract granted to Tasima from 2010 to 2015 was invalid. After doing some research, one citizen said they had received their licence renewal reminders, but only two days before the expiry date. The majority of the public, however, have still not received their licence renewal reminders in the past year. It seems the matter is still developing.

QUESTION 5 -  What Do You Need To Renew Your Licence?

  1. ID
  2. Proof of residence (utility bill, store or telephone account, bank statement, etc.) no older than three months
  3. Appropriate fees in cash (most licensing offices deal only in cash)
  4. Completed ALV1 (Application for Licensing of Motor Vehicle) form.
Since no one has a MLV2 form (motor vehicle licence renewal notice), you'll need to fill in an application for the licensing of a motor vehicle (ALV form). This form can be completed at the licensing office or post office. Car details required can be found on your old licence disc. Download the ALV form here.

QUESTION 6 - Can You Renew Your Car Licence Online?

This service is currently only available to Cape Town motorists on their e-services portal.
The City of Cape Town has said, “The e-services portal also allows residents the opportunity to view their rates and services accounts, enter meter readings, pay accounts, and more."
If you do live in the City of Cape Town, this is how to register your car licence online:
  1. Visit
  2. Click on the e-services button (bottom right of screen).
  3. Under the Motor Vehicle Licensing option, click on ‘register’.
  4. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an e-mail with your temporary login and password.
  5. Log in to the e-services site and select the service activation tab.
  6. Next to the vehicle licensing field, click on ‘activate service’.
  7. Complete the once-off registration fields. Then upload a copy of your identity document/passport and proof of address and submit your application.
  8. Click on the motor vehicle licensing (top left of screen).
  9. Select ‘renew motor vehicle licence’.
  10. Complete the vehicle owner and vehicle registration details applicable and submit.
  11. You will receive an e-mail with payment advice, reflecting the licence fee due, the City’s bank details, and a nine-digit reference number, to be paid within two working days.
  12. You can make the payment via Electronic Funds Transfer or bank deposit. Be sure to add the relevant vehicle licence renewal reference number.
  13. Your licence will be posted, to the address you submitted, within a minimum of 14 days.

Make sure you have the following before applying:

  • A valid e-mail address
  • Electronic copies of your identity documents/passport and proof of address
  • All vehicle registration details
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