License Renewal Alert: Act Now to Avoid Penalties!

  • Reminder for Vehicle License Renewal: RTMC urges owners to renew vehicle licenses on time, as over 1 million expire this September.
  • Online Renewal Simplified: Streamlined online portal facilitates convenient renewal with delivery within 3-5 days.
  • Covid-19 Extensions Impact: Covid-19 extensions lead to a backlog of renewals, necessitating prompt action to avoid penalties.
Driver's Licence Renewal

As September rolls in, South African motorists are being reminded to stay ahead of the game when it comes to renewing their vehicle licenses. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has issued a call to action as more than a million vehicle licenses are scheduled to expire this month, urging vehicle owners to act promptly to avoid penalties and ensure road compliance.

Renewal Reminders via Email and SMS

The RTMC has adopted a proactive approach by sending out email and SMS reminders to vehicle owners whose licenses are set to expire in September. This service aims to keep South African motorists informed and prepared. To receive these crucial reminders, vehicle owners are encouraged to ensure their contact details, including email and phone numbers, are up to date on the online portal at

Streamlined Online Renewal Process

Renewing your vehicle license has never been easier. The online portal at allows vehicle owners to complete the renewal process conveniently and efficiently. Upon successful renewal, the new motor vehicle license will be dispatched via courier, reaching the owner within a span of three to five days.

Covid-19 Extensions Result in High Volume Renewals

The Covid-19 pandemic led to multiple extensions granted for motor vehicle license expiration dates. Consequently, a substantial number of renewals are now concentrated in the months of August, September, October, November, and December. This backlog necessitates prompt action to ensure smooth renewal processes and avoid any penalties.

September 2023 Expiration Rush

For the month of September 2023, a staggering 1,049,412 motor vehicle licenses are set to expire. It is imperative for vehicle owners to heed the RTMC’s advice and ensure their licenses are renewed before the month’s end. However, there is a silver lining in the form of a 21-day grace period after the official expiration date. This grace period allows vehicle owners to renew without incurring additional costs. Beyond this grace period, arrears and penalties for late renewal will be enforced, adding unnecessary financial burdens to motorists.

Efficient Online Renewal Process

In an effort to streamline the renewal process and minimize the time spent on administrative tasks, the RTMC is providing vehicle owners with email reminders containing MVL1 forms. These forms can be conveniently filled out online, and payments can be made from the comfort of one’s home. The result is a hassle-free renewal experience, allowing vehicle owners to stay on the right side of the law with minimal effort.

Registration for Online Renewal

To take full advantage of this user-friendly and cost-effective method of renewal, vehicle owners are encouraged to register their profiles on the online portal at Those who have already completed the registration process can log in and finalize their renewal in under 10 minutes, saving both time and effort.

The RTMC’s call to action serves as a vital reminder to South African motorists to prioritize the timely renewal of their vehicle licenses. With a substantial number of licenses expiring in September 2023, vehicle owners are urged to update their contact information, utilize the online renewal platform, and adhere to the grace period to avoid unnecessary penalties and ensure a smooth and efficient renewal process. By taking these simple steps, South African motorists can contribute to road safety and compliance while saving time and money.



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