The pandemic has taught us one thing: completing everyday tasks online is vital to ensure our lives don’t come to a complete standstill if we can’t make it to a physical location.
But life has long since returned to normal and while going online isn’t necessary because we’re stuck indoors, it’s still the most convenient way to get things done.
eNATIS Drivers Licence Renewal
Thankfully, the eNATIS drivers license online booking application and renewal process gives South African drivers and learner drivers one less thing to worry about. Now, you don’t need to spend your Saturday morning visiting your nearest traffic department as you can complete some basic tasks on the eNATIS online portal.
Understanding the eNatis Portal
Before you get excited at the possibility of going digital to renew and apply for critical driving documents, it’s important to note that eNatis is only available for Gauteng residents. That’s because the system is only linked to traffic departments within the province.
Can I Renew my South African Driver’s Licence Online?
But before you get excited at the possibility of never having to step foot in a traffic department again, continue reading.
Most South Africans would love to have the option to renew their driver’s licence online. eNatis allows you to initiate the process online but still requires you to either complete the process at your nearest traffic department or, at the very least, pick up your license.
You can also book a timeslot if you have more to do at your local traffic department other than renewing your license, saving you time in the process.
How Do I Renew My Licence Online
While you can start your driver’s license renewal process online, you will still need to visit your preferred traffic department to complete the process.
Step 1: Ensure You Have an Up-to-Date Eye Test
Unlike when you’re obtaining your driver’s license, the only test necessary to renew your license is an eye test. The test is compulsory, even if you aren’t visually impaired.
When completing the renewal process, you need to upload a recent eye test from an optometrist.
If your eyesight has deteriorated since getting your license, new conditions will be attached to the license.
Step 2: Create an eNatis Profile
If you have a recent eye test, you can start by vising the eNatis online platform. From there, you’ll be able to register a new profile to access the system. To register, you’ll need to provide your ID number, full name, and contact details, including your email address and physical address. You will also be prompted to create a password.
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Step 3: Upload the Necessary Paperwork
While renewing your driver’s license online, you will be required to provide specific paperwork. This paperwork includes:
- Identification documents: copy of your ID, a copy of your old driving license card, or a valid South African passport.
- Black and white or colour ID photographs: the photographs must include your head and shoulders. You can’t be smiling in the photo, wearing a hat, or wearing sunglasses, but you can wear your spectacles.
- Proof of residential address: Documents that would be accepted are a bank statement not older than three months, a retail bill not older than three months, a utility bill, or traffic fine. If the proof of address is not in your name, you will need to provide an affidavit to prove that you reside and that address, alongside the proof of address.
Note: If you reside in an informal settlement, you need to get your ward councillor to stamp a letter that confirms your residential address.
Step 4: Pay the Renewal Fee
After uploading your documentation, you will have to pay the renewal fee. The fee differs from traffic department to traffic department, and you may pay an extra fee for completing the process online.
Nevertheless, the budget is about R250 for the fee.
You can also pay via credit or debit card through a secure payment gateway.
Step 5: Make Your Way to Your Traffic Department to Complete the Process
You will need to pick up your new driver’s license from the traffic department you’ve selected. You should get an SMS indicating that your license is ready for collection when necessary.
How Do I Know My Licence is Ready for Collection?
Your renewed driver’s license shouldn’t take more than six weeks to arrive at your traffic department. When your driver’s license is ready to be picked up, you will receive an SMS with a reference number. When completing the online renewal, you can use this reference number to pick up your driver’s license from the traffic department you selected.
Renewing Your Driver’s Licence at the Traffic Department
If you’d like to save a bit of cash 一 on eye tests and the additional R12 you pay for the convenience of completing the process online 一 you can visit your local traffic
When visiting the traffic department, you’ll need many of the same documents you do when you complete the process online:
- ID (Passport, Green-barcoded or Smart-ID, or expiring Driver’s License)
- Proof of Residence
- ID-sized photos
However, you won’t need to take an eye test before going to the traffic department as they’ll conduct one during your renewal.
To avoid standing in queues, you can book a slot to renew your driving license, following the steps below:
- Visit the eNATIS online portal.
- Scroll to “Book now for a New Driving License Card” and select “Book Now.”
- Log in using your eNATIS credentials or create a new account.
You will also need to wait approximately six weeks to pick up your new license, which you’ll receive an SMS confirming that it is ready for collection.
If you fail to renew your license before it expires or during the grace period, you will need to get a temporary license 一 at an additional cost 一 while you wait for your new license.
You can get more information on the process by calling 0861 400 800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQs About eNATIS Drivers Licence Renewal
Can I renew my SA driver’s Licence online?
Yes, you can renew your SA driver’s licence online. To do so, you will need to be a registered user on the My Licences website. You can register for an account on the website by clicking the ‘Register’ link at the top of the page and following the prompts.
Once you have registered for an account, you can log in to the website and renew your licence. To do this, click the ‘Renew Licence’ link in the ‘Licences’ menu. You will need to provide your licence number, date of birth and postal code to renew your licence.
You can also renew your licence online by clicking the ‘Renew your licence’ link on the front page of the My Licence website.
How can I book my driving licence?
There are a few ways that you can book your driving licence. You can either visit your local driving licence office and book an appointment, or you can book online.
To book an appointment at your local driving licence office, you will need to contact them directly and ask for an appointment. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, and contact information.
You must visit the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency website to book online. You will need to create an account and then provide your name, date of birth, and contact information.
Can I renew my driver’s Licence at Pick n Pay?
Yes, you can renew your driver’s licence at Pick n Pay. All you need is your ID and your driver’s licence. You can also renew your driver’s licence at the post office, but Pick n Pay is often more convenient. Just make sure you have the correct paperwork and payment ready.
What is the NaTIS driver’s licence collection fee?
The NaTIS driver’s licence collection fee is a fee charged by the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) for collecting and managing driver information. This fee is charged to all road users who need to obtain or renew a driver’s licence. The fee is used to cover the costs of maintaining the NaTIS system and is collected by the Department of Transport.