How to apply for your personalized license plate

13 years ago today businessman Afzal Khan paid R8-million rand for a personalized license plate that used one letter and one number: F1. He’s currently trying to resell it for a cool R360-million.

Personalized or “vanity” number plates are big business. Kwazulu-Natal’s Department of Transport announced that they’ve seen a 39% increase in the number of vanity plates created over the last few years, earning the province a cool R2.3 million per year! (There are more than double the amount of PRNs in Kwazulu-Natal than there is in Gauteng!)

Generally considered a luxury accessory, they may or may not be for you, but if you would like to make use of one, here’s what to do:

  1. Pick a 7-character (or less) name or number.

This will have to be unique and not in use by anyone else. It also cannot be offensive in nature. But don’t worry, there are over 70 billion different combinations you can try.  And if your desired name is not available, you can use a Personal Registration Number brokerage that buys and resells popular vanity plate registrations for you…Pricing can be as high as R20,000 though!

  1. Go to your nearest local traffic registry office and complete the application form (SLN1)

You will also need to submit:

  • A certified copy of your ID document
  • A vehicle registration certificate
  • Proof of postal/residential address such as a utility bill

There will be a fee that needs to be paid. The plates cost around about R1500, but the fee differs between provinces.

  1. Once approved, you will receive the necessary documents

This will include:

  • An order letter for the manufacturer giving them permission to make the number plate
  • A licensing letter
  • A SLN2 form to complete
  • A PLN2 certificate stating that you are able to get your desired number plate
  1. Register your car and fit the plate

Using the certificate and licensing letter, you can now license your car using your new number plate at the local motor vehicle registering office. An official manufacturer must then create and fit your new number plate.

Why do it? In addition to expressing your individuality (and letting the world know that you are a SEXYMOM – WP or SHARK – KZN), these plates are a great way to advertise a business. And you’ll be doing your bit for our roads too…Kwazulu-Natal has managed to build 55 bridges and 14 schools with the cash from vanity plates alone!