Expired Licences Are Now Valid Till March Next Year

The grace period for more than one million expired driving licences has been extended to the end of March next year, transport minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

“As we approach the end of the grace period for the renewal of driving licences on 31 August 2021, we have paid particular attention to the challenges experienced by drivers in this regard,” said Mbalula.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in restrictions that led to the closure of Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) resulting in backlogs.

The previous extensions of the validity period were meant to enable an orderly clearing of the backlog.

“We have conducted an assessment of the quantum of the backlog and evaluated the challenges motorists are experiencing in the process to renew their licences,” said the transport minister.

“We have also considered other factors such as the impact of a further extension as well as law enforcement capacity to ensure the rule of law prevails at all times.”

Nationally, 1.2 million (1,210,965) licences not yet renewed out of a total of 2.8 million (2,852,388) expired licences.

Mbalula said in order to give motorists a fair opportunity to renew their licences, “we have decided to extend further the grace period for the renewal of licences”.

He said all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expire between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2021, are deemed to be valid. 

“Their validity periods are extended for a further grace period ending on 31 March 2022,” said the minister.