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The recent COVID 19 pandemic stopped a lot of things dead in their tracks. Live events were canceled, businesses closed down and even schools came to a halt. The South African Licensing Department is slow on a good day but, with recent events, motorists around the nation have been scrambling to get their driver’s licenses renewed.

The Department of Transport has reported staggering numbers of licenses that still need to be printed as a result of the influx of motorists who needed to have their licenses renewed after South Africa’s hard lockdown between the 26th of March 2020 and the 31st of August 2021. Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport, has given the final notice that the grace period for the renewal of all licenses ended on the 5th of May 2022.

Here are some things you need to know now that the grace period is over:

- With Mbalula’s statement that disciplinary action would be taken against motorists who are yet to renew their licenses after this time, law enforcement has warned that they would be more vigilant.

- Motorists will be permitted to keep their expired licenses on hand for three months regarding they can produce their receipt as proof that they have indeed applied for a new license.

- All those failing to apply for a renewal of their license before the 5th of May 2022 will be made to take a temporary driver’s license test.

If you are unsure of your status as an insured client because of the status of your license, please feel free to contact us.

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