The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT) urges all drivers to renew expired driver’s licences before the deadline of 31 August 2021. The DPRT encourages the public to visit their nearest Driving Licence and Testing Centres (DLTCs) to renew expired licences in advance to avoid long queues as the deadline for renewal is fast approaching.
According to the press release by the Free State DPRT, the extended grace period for learner’s licences, driver’s licence cards, temporary driver’s licences and professional driving permits that expired between 26 March 2020 and December 2020 will come to an end on 31 August 2021. It was explained that the extended grace period was introduced on 3 December 2020 to accommodate the needs of these licence holders. Covid-19 and the accompanying Lockdown periods, together with the health and safety protocols that were introduced to safeguard officials and members of the public, slowed down workflow at all DLTCs.
It is further explained that the DPRT is currently availing more capacity for the renewal of driving licences and professional driving permits to decisively address the backlogs. The press release concluded that some testing stations across the Free State Province will be opened on Saturdays. Information on these special opening hours will be communicated to the public in due course.