Personalise your motor vehicle number plate

About personalising your number plate

You can apply to personalise your motor vehicle number plate with any combination of numeric or alpha characters of your choice [subject to the approval of the Member of the Executive Committee’s (MEC)], provided that the number is available and is not offensive.

Your chosen name/number may not exceed 7 characters [excluding the provincial mark] and must comply with the requirements of a normal number plate (e.g. it must display the logo of the province) and be displayed in the same manner as the normal number plate. The name/number you use will not be duplicated by someone else.

What you should do

Go to your nearest registering authority and complete an application form that will be provided by them.


  • a certified copy of your identity document
  • a vehicle registration certificate
  • Proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit. 
  • If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your postal and residential address

Pay the required fee.

How long does it take

The application is processed on the same day.

How much does it cost

Contact your local registering authority for the cost. The fee for each province differs.

Forms to complete

Forms are obtainable at the registering authority.

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