Letter of authority in respect of a motor vehicle  

About applying for a letter of authority in respect of a motor vehicle

If you intend to import a new or used vehicle, goods vehicle or trailer, or a built (manufactured) or modified vehicle, you must first obtain a letter of authority.

You must have the letter of authority irrespective of whether the vehicle was built in South Africa or in a foreign country. Types of vehicle for which you require a letter of authority are:

  • cars, buses and motorcycles
  • goods vehicles (trucks or vans)
  • trailers
  • special vehicles such as mobile cranes, tractors and harvesters.

All motor vehicles, whether manufactured in South Africa or imported, must conform to the requirements as set out in the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act 93 of 1996). Importers must also submit proof of conformity to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

Only the person in whose name the vehicle will be registered may complete the application form.

What you should do

  1. Obtain the South African Bureau of Standards Application for letter of authority – LoA1 form from the SABS or download it.
  2. Complete the form and attach the following:
    • certified identity document (ID) of applicant, or ID of proxy if the applicant is a company
    • affidavit for the built-up motor vehicle from the South African Police Service (SAPS). This should include the engine and chassis numbers, full details of the work carried out and source of major (especially safety-critical) components(SOA-Form)
    • SAPS clearance certificate
    • roadworthy certificate
    • weigh-bridge certificate
    • two photographs of the motor vehicle.
  3. Pay the required fee.

How long does it take

Your letter of authority should be ready within four to six days.


Forms to complete

(Forms are provided in PDF format. To open PDF documents, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher installed on your computer.)

South African Bureau of Standards Application for letter of authority – LoA1


Who to contact

Sifiso Phakathi
Tel: 012 428 6534
E-mail: phakatsz@nrcs.org.za

Charlotte Makou
Tel: 012 428 6891

Call Centre
Tel: 012 428 5000


Last modified
10 Apr 2014