Time is running out and there is only a week left until the end of the licence renewal grace period.

Motorists, whose license cards expired during the hard lockdown, have only a few days left, in which to renew their licences.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula said the deadline, for those whose licence cards expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021, will not be extended again. He confirmed that the country currently has a backlog of 1.3-million expired licence cards that have yet to be renewed.

Drivers’ licence offices will, for the next few days, be open for an extra two hours daily. This is in a bid to allow motorists to renew their licences before the 5th of May cut-off date.

Mbalula yesterday says several measures have been implemented at traffic offices to assist those, whose licences expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021, renew their licence cards in time.

Mbalula says offices will also be open on weekends, on both Saturdays and Sundays.


The Western Cape Department of Transport has urged the province’s motorists to renew their licences before the 31 March deadline.

To date, only 78% of motorists already renewed drivers’ licences as the deadline looms.

MEC Daylin Mitchell urges residents to use the remaining two weeks to renew their driving licences before the end of the month to avoid long queues and increasingly difficult time pressures.

Of the 327295 drivers’ licences from the Western Cape that should have been renewed from August 2021, 255551 have been renewed leaving 71744 to be renewed.

This means 78.1% of motorists have renewed their licences for the period under review.

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