Fikile Mbalula licence

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As the deadline approaches, ‘Mr Fix’ will provide update on licence renewals

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula will provide an update and ‘a way forward’ on the deadline for the extension of license validity.

Fikile Mbalula licence

Photo: GCIS/ Flickr

The Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula will provide an update on the deadline for the extension of license validity on Thursday, 31 March – the day the grace period is expected to come to an end.

MBALULA TO PROVIDE ‘WAY FORWARD’

“In August 2021, the Department of Transport announced the extension of learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits for a grace period ending on 31 March 22 as part of government measures in response to lockdowns in the management of COVID-19,” said the government in a statement on Wednesday.

Mbalula is expected to address the country on the ongoing developments and “provide a way forward” at 10:00 on Thursday.

Last week – on 24 March – the Department of Transport’s spokesperson, Collen Msibi, said the ministry is on track with the outstanding driving license cards.

South Africa experienced a backlog in license printing when the machine was out of action – it turns out the country only has one such printer.

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Msibi said the November to January 2021 backlog should be cleared by the end of April. However, the backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic grace period will probably only be cleared by September 2022.

As previously reported, in the meantime, the following regulations will apply:

Motorists who apply to renew their license before 31 March 2022 will have the validity of their cards extended for a further three months – but only if they are in possession of their old cards.

“They must also have proof of fees paid for the application to renew in a form of a receipt,” said the spokesperson.

The three months extension also applies to motorists who applied to renew their licenses between 25 February and 31 March.

The Department of Transport said if motorists apply after the expiry date they will be required to pay for a temporary driving license.