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LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN NUMBER PLATES

WHAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW

A Number Plate is the identification of your vehicle and is subject to the requirements of the National Road Traffic Act No: 93 of 1996 (Regulations 2000), the South African National Standards Specifications (SANS 1116) and the relevant National and Provincial legislation. 

NUMBER PLATE SIZES

There are only three legal number plate sizes, namely

  • 520 mm x 113 mm, that must be embossed with 75 mm (height) characters
  • 250 mm x  205 mm, that must be embossed with 75 mm (height) characters                          
  • 250 mm x 165 mm, that must be embossed with 60mm (height) characters

The 440 x 120 mm size number plate may not be used on vehicles that were registered for the first time on or after 1 Jan 2010. (National Road Traffic Act of 1996, Regulation 35. Display of Licence Number, Clause 10& Government Gazette No: 29865 of 4 May 2007, Clause  9(f) bl. 8).

MARK OF CERTIFICATION

South African number plate must bear a self destructive certification mark, as per the National Road Traffic Act No: 93 of 1996, Regulation 35, Display of Licence Number, Clause 2 a)The SABS sticker is applied underneath the provincial logo of the embossed number plate and the current design looks as follows:

MARKING

The SANS1116 specification states that every blank number plate must be marked with a readable and indestructible mark and must contain the following information:-

  • the name or trademark of the supplier
  • the batch number of the supplier of the blank plate
  • the mark will be applied in the left bottom corner
  • every supplier has their own series of reference numbers
  • this mark is applied on bottom left corner of the number plate by the blanker

ATTACHMENT OF A NUMBER PLATE

The attachment of the number plate is subject to Clause 7f of Regulation 35. Display of Motor Vehicle License Number of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996 and stipulated in Government Gazette no. 34407 of 29 June 2011.Afore mentioned Clause states that the number plates of all vehicle that were registered for the first time on or after 1 Jan 2010 must be attachedto the vehicle by 4mm rivets or 4mm one way self tapping screws.It can be either attached directly to the vehicle, or on an integral part thereof or onto an intermidate holding bracket, which complies to SANS 973 and approved by the National Department of Transport.

GRAPHIC DESIGN AND REFLECTIVE SHEETING

The graphic background design of South African Number plates is determined by the MEC of the relevant province.The validation mark of the supplier of the retro-reflective sheeting must form an integral part of the material and must be readable and indestructible. Please see the photos below of blank number plates, which are the only legal formats allowed for public use:-

            

EASTERN CAPE                                                                      FREE STATE

            

            GUATENG                                                                                   KWA-ZULU NATAL

            

LIMPOPO                                                                                      MPUMALANGA (Also legal without the "Rising Sun" logo)

            

        NORTH WEST                                                                          NORTHERN CAPE

        WESTERN CAPE

 

 

 

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