The South African Post Office has stated that it intends to digitize the renewal of motor vehicle licenses. The procedure of renewing motor vehicle licenses will be made easier with the availability of a mobile application by October 2021.

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula declared earlier this year in August that anyone with expired vehicle and driver licenses from March 26, 2020, to August 31, 2021, has until March 31, 2022, to renew them. After it was discovered that 1.2 million motorists were still driving with an expired vehicle and driver's license, the extension was granted. There are about 900,000 car licenses that need to be renewed across the country. With 250 000 expired vehicle licenses, Gauteng Province has the highest unrenewed licenses.

Long lines are one of the most significant impediments to clearing this backlog. In the previous fiscal year, 3 million car owners utilized the Post Office to renew their vehicle licenses. The mobile application will handle the entire renewal procedure, including payment, leaving only the last step of accessing the disc. This can be done in one of two ways: the consumer can pick up the disc from a nearby SA Post Office shop, or the disc can be delivered to the customer for a reasonable delivery Fee.

Bulk motor vehicle license renewal for fleets and company employees will be another function available on the app. This innovation, which will benefit both small and large logistic companies, is likely to be a popular tool for fleet management.

“Huge winds of change are blowing within the SA Post Office, even in the face of massive financial challenges, there are equally massive opportunities for us to effect meaningful change - and deliver an institution that all South Africans can once again, be proud of,” says Nomkhita Mona, Group CEO of the SA Post Office

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