SABS Approved Number Plates


All vehicles in South Africa, excluding motor cycles, are required to display a number plate on the front and the rear of the vehicle. Just recently (August 2016) there was a rumour that all number plates in South Africa were to change. This is NOT true. The Department of Transport has not made a determination, published any notice, or issued a public statement regarding the so-called new number plates. For more info click here

Motorists should know the requirements their number plates must meet to stay on the right side of the law. Here’s a checklist to help ensure your plates meet the requirements:

Only four sizes are acceptable for South African number plates

– 440mm x 113mm – 520 mm x 113 mm – 250 mm x 205 mm – 250 mm x 165 mm

Number plates must have a lifespan of five years or longer. Number plates must have an SABS stamp on them. Number plates must have the correct background according to the province’s requirements. Any form of advertising on number plates is illegal.

At BestDrive Stellenbosch:

We stock SABS approved number plates. Number plates are made and fitted while you wait at a minimal cost. We supply number plates for ALL provinces.