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What is a traffic register?

Posted by Sue-Allan Mehl

The South African licencing system (enatis) does not recognize passport numbers, only identity numbers.

Unfortunately, foreign identity numbers, in most cases, are not recognized. Your traffic register is your identity on the enatis system.

Why do I need a traffic register? You need a traffic register in order to:

  • Write your learner’s licence test

  • Conduct a driving test

  • Register and licence a vehicle in South Africa should you wish to purchase a vehicle

What is required to apply for a traffic register?
  • 2 ID colour passport photos

  • Proof of address in South Africa

  • Valid South African visa

  • A letter from the Department of Home Affairs – which can be obtained by your immigration officer confirming that your visa is valid

  • Your original passport – which is required on the day of submission and will be returned to you shortly after submission

  • The ABR form – which needs to be signed by the applicant

How long does the process take?

The application process takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

Am I required to appear in person?

No, not for the submission process but you are required to collect the traffic register in person.

Should you require any further information on a traffic register or the process thereof, please reach out to us via our Contact Form on www.movingsouthimmigration.com. Alternatively, we can be reached on +2773 5357 534 or [email protected]


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