New ‘cheaper’ online licence system launched

The introduction of online payments means people can now avoid queues altogether and have their vehicle licences delivered to their homes.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) launched a new online payment system to fight long queues and high costs for people wanting to renew their vehicle licences.

The introduction of online payments means people can now avoid queues altogether and have their vehicle licences delivered to their homes.

The RTMC, in a statement on Tuesday, said the system would be “a seamless booking experience”.

The system is part of the measures implemented in response to Covid-19 in which the government imposed strict regulations to encourage members of the public to avoid crowded areas and maintain social distancing.

It said the absence of online payments made it impossible for South Africans to renew their licences without physically going to driving licence testing centres.

Here are the services that will soon be available:

Online vehicle licence renewals

Individuals and corporations will be able to register their accounts online. Thereafter, they will pay the required amount for a vehicle disc renewal online.

The payment would be allocated against their account.

“Once the payment is concluded, the vehicle licence disc will either be posted or couriered to the vehicle’s owner at an additional fee.”

Online driver licence card renewals

Motorists will soon be able to renew and pay the prescribed fee online before presenting themselves at licensing centres for fingerprints, photos and eye tests.

Online registration and notice of change of vehicle ownership

Participating financial institutions will be able to register vehicles online (as title holders). This will eliminate the process of registering at a registering authority.

The RTMC said the online vehicle registration fee would be levied on all registrations performed by financial institutions, motor dealers, insurance companies and large fleet operators.

“The online registration function will allow an approved entity the ability to register a vehicle to themselves as the titleholder.”

It said the online registration and release of the titleholder function would allow identified institutions to record the events in real-time and ensure that the integrity of NaTIS information was enhanced and maintained.

The process will also be fully automated and meant a significant saving in costs for old and new titleholders.

Payment for online crash reports

In September 2019, the RTMC developed its online crash reporting application, which allowed members of the public to report minor crashes online without having to visit a police station.

“This platform also allows members of the public to retrieve their crash information and the same applies to insurance companies.”

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