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How Much Does A Personalised Number Plate Cost In South Africa

19 February 2019 | 0 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in Petrol heads

custom number plate south africa cost

A car has become more than just a means of transportation, for many, it is an extension of their personality and why car customisation has become so popular. One of the most popular customisations has been the vanity number plate. Data from Gumtree Automotive indicates that South African motorists are spedning millions annually on wanting to add a personal touch to their vehicle.

The group has even stated that there are also some side businesses that have sprung up around personalised plates.  

To help motorists select a custom number plate, some provincial traffic departments offer an online or telephonic service to see if a number plate is available. Once you have decided on an available plate, you will then need to visit the nearest local traffic registry office and complete the application form (SLN1). As part of this process, you will need to submit a certified copy of your ID document, a vehicle registration certificate, proof of address and pay a fee. Once approved, you will receive the necessary documents for affixing the plate.

The process of registering a number plate will include:

  • An order letter for the manufacturer permitting them to make the number plate
  • A licensing letter; An SLN2 form to complete
  • A PLN2 certificate stating that you can get your custom number plate

Using the certificate and licensing letter, you can now license your car using your new number plate at the local motor vehicle registering office. Notably, the cost of the plate can also differ drastically depending on the number and type of characters you choose to include. According to the Western Cape’s pricing guidelines, a plate with six digits or letters in the province will cost R2,000. However, this rises to R10,000 for a plate with a single alpha or numeric character.

To give you an idea of costing below you can find the Western Cape’s personalised number plate fees

Personalised licence numberFeeExample
1 x alpha or numeric characterR10 0001 – WP
B – WP
2 x alpha and numeric charactersR6 00011 – WP
1A – WP
AB – WP
3 x alpha and numeric charactersR4 000111 – WP
ABC – WP
All others, up to a maximum of seven charactersR1 750JOHNNY2 – WP
RUN2ME – WP
3 x digits and lettersR10 000CA 1
4 x digits and lettersR6 000CA 11
CAW 1
6 x digits and lettersR2 000CA 1111
CAW 111
All othersR600CA 123-456
CAW 12345

How to get a personalised number plate in South Africa

1. Pick a 7-character name or number

The string will have to be unique and not in use by anyone else, and the string cannot be offensive. You won't be to restricted as there are over 70 billion different combinations you can try. If you have your heart set on owning a specific name and it is not available, you can use a Personal Registration Number brokerage that buys and resells taken vanity plate registrations for you.

Head to your nearest local traffic registry office and complete the application form (SLN1). 

You will also need to submit the following documentation:

  • A certified copy of your ID document
  • A vehicle registration certificate
  • Proof of postal/ residential address such as a utility bill

There will be a fee which differs depending on your province.

3. Once approved, you will receive the necessary documents

The process will include:

  • An order letter for the manufacturer permitting them to make the number plate
  • A licensing letter
  • An SLN2 form to complete
  • A PLN2 certificate stating that you can get the desired number plate

4. Register your car and fit the plate

Using the certificate and licensing letter, you can now license your vehicle using your new number plate at the local motor vehicle registering office. An official manufacturer must then create and fit your custom number plate. 

In addition to expressing your personal touch on your car, these plates are a great way to advertise a business.

Tell us your car story

Have you ever driven a customised your number plate? Do you think it's worth the money and effort? Leave a comment, and let us know. 

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