Last day of grace period to renew driving licence cards

Provincial Crime

Motorists whose driving licences, temporary driving permits and professional driving permit and learner’s licences expired between March 2020 and August 31, 2021 are reminded that the grace period ends tomorrow 05 May 2022.

TrafficRTMC chief communication cfficer Simon Zwane, said motorists who have missed the deadline are advised to obtain temporary driving licences to remain legal and compliant.

“Driving license centers in the majority of provinces are operating extended hours of service to assist motorists who wish to renew their documents. The backlog of driving licence cards that have not been renewed stood at 1.3 million at the beginning of May with the majority of non-renewals (68%) being in the group aged between 25 and 50 years” he said.

Those who have already renewed and wish to know if their licence cards have been printed are advised to forward their identity numbers to the following number 33214 via SMS to verify.

Verification can also be done by logging on individual profiles at online.natis.gov.za. The information will be on the dashboard under licensing information summary. Motorists are warned that law enforcement agencies will from this week go out to strictly apply the law against those with expired driving licences.

“No excuses will be entertained as the government has extended the validity period for these documents on numerous occasions and implemented extensive measures to assist motorists who wish to comply. Driving with expired driving licence card will also have negative consequences in case of collisions as insurance companies may decline claims made by drivers who failed to renew their cards” he said