Checkers slashes car licence renewal fees – here’s how it compares

 ·31 Oct 2023

Shoprite has announced that it is offering a discounted fee to renew vehicle licences as millions of licences expired in September and October 2023.

At the start of September, The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said that its systems show 1,049,412 licences are set to expire and warned that penalties will be incurred if they are not renewed on time.

The RTMC said that several extensions granted during the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in a significant build-up of pending licence renewals, which now fall between August and December.

In light of this, Shoprite said motorists can renew their vehicle licence for a discounted fee of R185.

“Motorists must apply online and can pay either online or in-person at the Money Market counter in any of the 1,350 Shoprite, Checkers and Usave stores nationwide,” said the retailer.

“With soaring living costs, times are tough for consumers. We hope to provide some relief by reducing the cost of car licence renewals and providing a hassle-free process that can be completed in just a few easy steps,” added Jean Olivier, General Manager of Financial Services at the Shoprite Group.

The fixed renewal fees are: 

  • Admin fee: R110.25 
  • Delivery fee: R74.75 
  • Total fee: R185 

The R185 fee is down from the R225 fee listed previously.

It must be noted that the total cost of vehicle licence discs in this article does not include the actual licence disc price, which varies by vehicle model.

Vehicle licences can also be paid for at the Money Market counters in OK Furniture, House & Home and selected OK Foods franchise outlets.

In South Africa, motorists are given a 21-day grace period to renew an expired motor vehicle licence.

The grace period is calculated from the expiry date of the current licence disc, and a late renewal penalty applies after this time. The penalty fee is calculated at 10% of the annual licencing fee every month the licence remains lapsed.

So, for example, if your annual licencing fee is R384 (as it is in Gauteng for a vehicle exceeding 750kg but not exceeding 1,000kg), the penalty for not renewing your licence would be R38.40 per month.

Cheapest options

When it comes to pricing, PayCity is the cheapest option at R113.85. However, it only offers its services to those who live in Gauteng, the City of Cape Town, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and North West.

This price is also for delivery to a main city centre, so outlying areas may result in a more expensive delivery fee.

The cheapest option offered to all South Africans across the country is the post office at R147, including delivery.

Similarly, the National Traffic Information System (Natis)’s online booking service offers the same service fee as the post office but charges more for delivery (R99), bringing the cost to R171. This is then followed by Shoprite and Checkers at R185.

Shoprite’s offering beats other retailers, such as Spar (R199) and Pick n Pay (R329.99). However, Shoprite’s special offer is available from 1 November 2023 until 31 January 2024.

The prices to renew a vehicle licence with the service providers discussed above are summarised in the table below.

Service providerAvailable provincesService feeDelivery feeTotal cost
PayCityGauteng, City of Cape Town (metro only), Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and North WestIncludedIncludedR113.85
South African Post OfficeAllR72R75R147.00
Natis Online ServicesAllR72R99R171.00
Shoprite/CheckersAll R110.25R74.75R185.00
RenewonlineGauteng, LimpopoR100R115R215.00
Pick n PayAll except Western CapeR250R79.99R329.99

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