Accommodate driver’s licence delays

2018-09-13 06:01

If you recently applied for the renewal of your driver’s licence or successfully completed your driver’s licence test, you may experience a delay in receiving your driving licence card.

This is as a result of industrial action at the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA) in Pretoria, said Jandré Bakker, spokesperson for the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works.

“While the processing of applications for new licence cards and renewals is decentralised, all cards are issued by the DLCA, a trading entity of the national Department of Transport,” he explained. This delay will, therefore, affect applicants all over South Africa.”

Drivers who apply for a driving licence card renewal on or before the expiry date pay R140 for the new card, and may continue driving for a maximum of three months, provided they are in possession of their application receipts and their old cards.

“Drivers who apply after their licences have expired pay R140 for the new card and must also apply for a temporary licence at an additional cost of R45,” Bakker added.

“Temporary driving licences are valid for six months.”

The department encourages drivers to apply for their replacement cards well in advance to mitigate the risk of having to obtain a temporary driver’s licence.

All application receipts and old licence cards may only be used for three months from the application date.

“Should drivers not yet have received their new licence cards at that point, they will have to obtain a temporary licence,” Bakker related.

“This is unfortunately outside the control of department. We are aware of the frustration this may cause. Despite the fact that this delay is not the fault of department or any of the local driving licence testing centres, we will keep the public informed of any further developments.

“This dispute can only be resolved at national level and the delay will persist until such time as the dispute is resolved.”

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