Deadline Approaches for Motorists with Expired Licenses

The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula’s, grace with the 2020 driving license extension is coming to an end. The cut off date for when drivers should renew their licenses has now been issued. Read further for more details.


The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic last year forced the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, to give grace to motorists with expiring driving licenses.

The extension that was given last year for motorists to renew their licenses on time is coming to an end at the end of August 2021.

The traffic departments across the country are starting to experience long queues of motorists hoping to beat the deadline.

Applications for drivers licenses, vehicle license disks, roadworthy certificates, and permits by motorists haven’t yet been extended for a further date.

Ever since the country introduced lockdown restrictions, gatherings of all kinds have been monitored. This affected traffic departments and saw them being forced to regulate the number of applicants in their offices.

Many applicants criticized the traffic department's online platform saying that it doesn’t go all the way in assisting the applicants. The online platform is only for submitting applications and the applicant still needs to queue at traffic department offices for further services.

Mbalula raised concerns about the number of drivers on South Africa’s roads without valid licence discs or driving licences. He said that no further extensions will be given to the Covid-19 grace periods already delivered.

South Africa just came out of another lockdown which prohibited gatherings in large numbers.

In his previous speech about the issue of license renewals, Mbalula said people fail to follow orders no matter how long he extends deadlines.

The 31st of August is fast approaching, with only 31 days, motorists are required to have their licenses up to date.

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