PROVINCIAL PERSONALISED LICENCE NUMBER FORMATS

1. How do I apply for a personalised licence number?

  • Consumer must apply at their local licensing office by completing the relevant provincial application form, e.g. PRN1 (Gauteng) or SLN1 (Western Cape).
  • The provincial forms make allowance for between three and five choices, in case the requested license number is already in the system, and the licensing official will immediately confirm which of option is available.
  • The customer will receive a printout similar to the standard vehicle license registration document, bearing the personalised number, which must be submitted along with acceptable identification of the owner and the vehicle, when ordering the number plates from a certified Embosser.

2. Are their character limits or restrictions?

The format for personalised licence numbers varies between provinces, as specified in the applicable Provincial Gazettes, which is as follows:-

  • Eastern Cape: a maximum of 6 letters, or 6 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics embossed in the colour black on the gazetted retro-reflective background and followed by the letters “EC”.
Personalized number plate Free state
  • Free State: a maximum of 6 letters, or 6 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics embossed in the colour green on the gazetted retro-reflective background and followed by the letters “FS”. The first 6 characters shall not consist of the combinations appearing in the Free State license number system.
Personalized numberplate Gauteng
  • Gauteng: a maximum of 7 letters or 7 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics, embossed in the colour blue on the gazetted white retro-reflective background, bearing the provincial logo and followed by the letters “GP”. The first 6 alpha-numerics shall not consist of the combinations appearing in the GP license number system.
Personalized number plates
  • KZN: a maximum of 6 letters, or 6 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics, embossed in the colour green on the gazetted white retro-reflective background with the wording “KWAZULU-NATAL” at the bottom, followed by the letters “ZN”. 3 Consecutive letters may NOT follow three consecutive numbers.
Personalized number plates limpop
  • Limpopo: a maximum of 7 letters or 7 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics, embossed in the colour black on the gazetted white retro-reflective background, bearing the baobab tree, green hills with the wording “Limpopo” at the bottom and the provincial logo, followed by the letter “L”.
Personalized number plates mpumalanga
  • Mpumalanga: 3 letters followed by 3 numbers, embossed in the colour black on the gazetted white retro-reflective background, bearing the provincial logo and followed by the letters “MP”. A maximum of 7 letters, or 7 numbers or combination thereof is allowed; the first 6 alpha-numerics shall however not consist of the combinations appearing in the MP license number system.
  • North West: a maximum of 7 letters or 7 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics, embossed in the colour green on the gazetted retro-reflective background and followed by the letters “NW”.
Personalized number plates Northen Cape
  • Northern Cape: 3 numbers followed by 3 letters or a maximum of 6 alpha-numerics, embossed in the colour green on the gazetted retro-reflective background, followed by the letters “NC”.
Personalized number plate western cape
  • Western Cape: a maximum of 7 letters or 7 numbers or a combination of alpha-numerics, embossed in the colour blue on the gazetted white retro-reflective background, followed by a hyphen and the letters “WP”.
  • Vulgar language is not allowed and the licensing officer will not allocate blatantly vulgar/ offensive personal licence numbers.
  • The Embosser is another point of control and will not emboss offensive personalised licence numbers.
  • Members of the public may also submit complaints to their local metro-police if they feel a particular personalised licence number is offensive.
  • Only alpha-numerics are allowed and any symbols, e.g. $, @, #, etc. would be illegal. Compliant embossing equipment do not contain symbol dies, the specialized tools used to cut or shape the required alpha-numerics.

3. How long is the process?

  • The personalised license number is issued immediately;
  • The process to “lift” an existing registration and allocating a personalised number between provinces can take a few days.

4. How much does a personalised number plate cost?

  • The cost of the personalised licence number varies between provinces and could be between R1000 and R6000, which excludes the cost of the set of number plates;
  • A single alpha-numeric will cost more than the maximum of seven alpha-numerics.
  • The application process for a personalised number plate is the same in each province

5. Suppose I want to sell my vehicle, will it retain the existing personalised plate or can I transfer it to a new vehicle?

  • A personalised number plate becomes the owner’s property and is transferable to a new vehicle. The applicable form must be completed and must be accompanied with acceptable identification of the motor vehicle and the user. The identification of the proxy will be required if the user is an organization.
  • A personalised number plate can also be transferred to a beneficiary in the event of the death of the original user.