How to renew your car licence faster in South Africa

The South African Post Office (SAPO) says motorists can significantly reduce transaction times to renew motor vehicle licences at post offices by registering on the national traffic information system website (NATIS).

Motorists registered on the NATIS website will receive an SMS to remind them that they should renew their vehicle licences.

The SMS, which contains reference numbers that speed up the renewal transaction, is sent the month before the licence renewal is due. Vehicle owners can also choose to receive a reminder with the same information through email.

“Presenting the SMS or printed renewal reminder eliminates a number of steps for the renewal transaction at a Post Office counter and saves a great deal of time. To speed up the renewal process, the renewal notice can be printed by customers and presented at the Post Office when renewing the vehicle licence,” SAPO said.

To register on the NATIS website:

  • Go to;
  • Click on online services;
  • Then vehicle renewals to register;
  • Download and print the notice, or receive a renewal reminder SMS.

In KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, proof of address is required every second year, and the safest option is to bring along proof of address when renewing your vehicle licence.

“Post Office branches offer a bulk drop-off and collect service for fleet renewals. This is impractical for private motorists, however, since there may be traffic fines outstanding that have to be paid first before the system allows the licence to be renewed.

“Where a Post Office logo appears on the printed traffic fine, it can also be paid at any branch of the SA Post Office. Cards and cash are accepted as payment for motor vehicle licences.”

The Post Office said that its own online renewal facility for motor vehicle licences has been delayed by administrative and legal requirements and is expected to be launched in early 2022.

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How to renew your car licence faster in South Africa