Driving an unregistered car in South Africa is illegal. According to SA laws, all drivers are mandated to move with car plates showing as proof of registration.

In South Africa, all vehicles, except motorcycles, must have a number plate displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle. With permission from the registering authority, a plate with smaller dimensions can be fitted to vehicles that can’t fit a full size plate in front.

This article shows the simple steps to register a car plate in South Africa.

Steps to register a car plate in South Africa

Step 1: Go to your local registering authority and fill out an application form that they will offer.

Step 2: Submit the documents below;

  • a certified copy of your driver’s license.
  • a certificate of car registration.
  • proof of residential address, such as an electricity bill.

NB: If the utility bill is not in your name, the bill’s owner must sign an affidavit stating that you live at the address and attaching the utility bill to the affidavit.

If you live in an informal settlement, you must provide a letter from your ward councilor stating your residence address with an official date stamp.

Step 3: Make the needed payment.

Right after your registration, you will be given a your South African car plate.

FAQs

How much time does it take?

You will be given your South African number plate on the same day the application is processed.

How much does it cost?

To find out how much it costs, contact your local registering authority. Each province has its own cost.

How do I get forms to fill for car plate in South Africa?

The registering authority can provide you with the necessary forms.