How to renew your car licence online: City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town offers motorists the option to renew their motor vehicle licences online – thanks to its e-services portal.

“The e-services portal also allows residents the opportunity to view their rates and services accounts, enter meter readings, pay accounts, and more,” said the City.

“The City asks motorists to act proactively to ensure that the necessary arrangements are made and to renew online where possible.”

How to renew your car licence online

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the e-services button (bottom right of screen)
  3. Under the Motor Vehicle Licensing option, click on ‘register’
  4. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an e-mail with your temporary login and password
  5. Log in to the e-services site and select the service activation tab
  6. Next to the vehicle licensing field, click on ‘activate service’
  7. Complete the once-off registration fields. Then upload a copy of your identity document/passport and proof of address and submit your application
  8. Click on the motor vehicle licensing (top left of screen)
  9. Select ‘renew motor vehicle licence’
  10. Complete the vehicle owner and vehicle registration details applicable and submit
  11. You will receive an e-mail with a payment advice, reflecting the licence fee due, the City’s bank details and a nine-digit reference number within two working days
  12. You can make payment via Electronic Funds Transfer or bank deposit. Be sure to add the relevant vehicle licence renewal reference number
  13. Your licence will be posted to the address you submitted, within a minimum of 14 days

When applying to renew the motor vehicle licence online, you will need:

  • A valid e-mail address
  • Electronic copies of your identity documents/passport and proof of address
  • All vehicle registration details

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