There is a delay with the issuing of driving license cards because of industrial action at the offices of the Driving License Card Account (DLCA) in Pretoria. While the processing of applications for new license cards and renewals is de-centralised, ALL cards are issued by the DLCA, as trading entity of the National Department of Transport. This delay will therefore affect applicants all over South Africa.
Drivers who apply for a driving license card renewal on or before the expiry date pay R140 for the new card. They may continue to drive for a maximum of three months, provided they are in possession of their application receipts and their old cards. Drivers who apply after their licenses have expired pay R140 for the new card, and must also apply for a temporary license at an additional cost of R45. Temporary driving licenses are valid for six months. The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) encourages members of the public to apply for their replacement cards well in advance to mitigate the risk of having to obtain a temporary driving license.
DTPW is acutely aware of the frustration this may cause. Despite the fact that this delay is not the fault of DPTW or any of the local driving license testing centres, the Department 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.Last published 18 October 2018