Roadworthiness

Roadworthiness certificate

About a roadworthy certificate

You must have your motor vehicle tested for roadworthiness before you register it in your name. If your motor vehicle is used for public transport or is a heavy-load vehicle (excluding buses), you must take it to be tested for roadworthiness every year before you renew the motor vehicle licence. A bus must be tested for roadworthiness every six months.

It is your responsibility as the owner of a vehicle to have your vehicle tested. You can take it to a private or public vehicle testing station.

At the end of the roadworthy test, if passed, a notice is issued.

What you should do

Go to the nearest vehicle testing station with the following:

  • vehicle’s registration certificate
  • identity document (ID)
  • prescribed fee. 

Complete the Application for certification of roadworthiness (ACR) form.

How long does it take

The application is processed on the same day.

How much does it cost

Contact the relevant testing station.

Forms to complete

Forms are obtainable at your nearest testing station.

Temporary or special motor vehicle permit

About temporary or special motor vehicle permit

A temporary motor vehicle permit is valid for 21 days and is used for a motor vehicle that is registered, licenced and roadworthy.

A temporary permit is used under the following circumstances:

  • Delivering the vehicle within the Republic to the owner,
  • Delivering the vehicle within the Republic by or to a motor dealer, or
  • Registering and licensing purposes
  • Only one permit is issued per vehicle ownership.

A special motor vehicle permit is valid for three days only.

A special motor vehicle permit is used under the following circumstances:

  • Testing such motor vehicle;
  • Proceeding to or returning from a place within the Republic where repairs are to be or have been effected to such motor vehicle;
  • Reaching an examiner of vehicles or mass measuring apparatus; or
  • Repossessing such motor vehicle as contemplated in regulation 69

It is important to note that a vehicle with a special permit may not carry goods or passengers. There is no limit to the number of permits that can be issued per ownership.

What you should do

Go to the nearest registering authority with the following:

  • a copy of your identity document
  • the prescribed fee.

Complete an Application for a Temporary/Special Permit (TSP1) form.

How long does it take

The application is processed on the same day.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licencing office for the cost.

Forms to complete

Application for Temporary/Special Permit form (TSP1) which is available from the registering authority.

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