To drive an unregistered vehicle on a public road in South Africa, you must first apply for a motor trade permit and number.
A motor trade number is used by registered manufacturers, builders or importers, motor transport contractors, motor dealers or financial institutions to operate an unregistered and unlicensed motor vehicle on a public road in the course/nature of their business. Such activities include:
- selling the vehicle
- exchanging the vehicle,
- repairing the vehicle, or
- delving the vehicle to clients.
- Go to the nearest registering authority with the following:
- a copy of your identity document(ID) or a letter of proxy if you represent a company
- the business registration certificate if you represent a company
- prescribed fee.
- Complete the Application for motor trade number (MTN1) form at your local registering authority.
- Indicate why you need trade numbers and stipulate the number of trade numbers you need.
The application is processed on the same day.
Get the fees from your local registering authority.
Application for Motor Trade Number (MTN1) form.
Forms are obtainable from the registering authority or you can download them from the eNaTIS website.