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Motor vehicle owners and driving licence holders will now have to submit proof of identity and address or risk not being able to renew their car or driver’s licences.

This is part of Department of Transport amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000, gazetted on Friday. It came into effect on Sunday, and gives companies and persons who own or drive vehicles until November next year to provide the required information.

KwaZulu-Natal department of transport spokesman, Kwanele Ncalane, said this even extended to people applying for learner’s and driver’s licences.

Much like Fica and Rica in the banking and mobile telephone industries respectively, motorists are required to submit proof of full names, identity number and residential and postal addresses.

According to a statement from the department, this verification is for the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTIS) “for the purposes of ensuring everyone registered on the eNaTIS promptly and timeously receive their vehicle and driving licence renewal notices and any other road traffic-related communique”.

Ncalane said it was also in preparation for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences, the government system aimed at improving collection of traffic fines, to be implemented next year.

“Our experience previously is that people would just fill in a form and write down any address without it being verified.

“If it’s incorrect, it makes it difficult to trace that person for the enforcement of fines, warrants or possibly to locate a person using their number plates in relation to crime,” he said.

A valid South African identity document or passport may be submitted as proof of full names and identity number.

In the case of foreigners, a traffic register number certificate may be submitted.

For companies or close corporations, the full names, identity number or nationality of the proxy or manager of the company, or a person who is authorised to represent the company in all business relationships, or to enter into a transaction on behalf of the company or close corporation, together with a duly completed proof of business address by any person authorised thereto may be used.

Proof of postal and residential addresses may be any utility, clothing, cellphone or telephone account not older than three months.

Where the utility account is not issued in the person’s name, the person in whose name the utility account is issued must make an affidavit or affirmation declaring that the person resides at the address and the affidavit or affirmation must be accompanied by the utility account of such a person, read the statement.

For people living in informal settlements or rural areas, a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor or local tribal authority confirming the postal and residential address of such person, and/or an affidavit confirming proof of residential address may be used.

Failing to submit the information will result in, “non-receipt of important vehicle and driving licence renewal notices and any other road traffic-related communique which are central to efficient communication with the eNaTIS users”.

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