Renew your motor vehicle licence

About renewing your motor vehicle licence

You must renew your motor vehicle licence every year before it expires. If you fail to renew your licence, you will be liable to pay late licensing penalties and arrears.

You get a 21-day grace period if you have not renewed the expired motor vehicle licence. The grace period is calculated from the expiry date of the current licence disc. You must renew your motor vehicle licence at your relevant registering authority or at a selected post office near you.

Bi-annual motor vehicle licence renewal:
Licences for buses must be renewed every six months because their certification of roadworthiness is valid for six months only.


What you should do

  1. If your vehicle is used for public transport or is a heavy load motor vehicle, you must obtain a roadworthiness certificate.
  2. Go to your nearest registering authority or post office that issue motor vehicle licences and take the following with if your vehicle is registered in your name:
    • your identity document
    • motor vehicle licence renewal notice (MVL2). If you do not have the renewal notice, complete form ALV (Application for Licensing of Motor Vehicle)
  3. For a vehicle registered in an organisation or company's name, bring the following:
    • business certificate of the organisation or company
    • identity document of proxy
    • letter of proxy
    • Motor vehicle licence renewal notice (MVL2 (if you do not have the renewal notice, complete an Application for Licensing of Motor Vehicle form)
  4. Pay the licence fee specified on the notification.

How long does it take

The application is processed on the same day.


How much does it cost

Contact your local licensing office for the cost.


Forms to complete

The Application for motor vehicle licence (MVL1) form is available from any registering authority or selected post offices.


Last modified
10 Apr 2014