New number plates to start with CAA

South Africa - Cape Town - 27 February 2019 - Traffic congestion is most felt on the highways heading into Cape Town CBD with many people using their own vehicles instead of public transport. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

As soon as this weekend, new Cape Town vehicle number plates will start with the letters CAA.

From the time of the changeover to the new CAA licence mark, no more CA licence numbers will be issued.

Vehicle owners who currently have a CA licence number will be able to have this number transferred to another vehicle they own, or to another vehicle that is transferred into their names.

As soon as available CA combinations run out, the system will not permit new licence numbers to be issued for the rest of that day. Anyone waiting for a new licence mark will have to wait until the next business day for a CAA number to be issued.

This disruption is unavoidable for technical reasons, and the public are requested to be patient with registering authorities on the day of the changeover.

The first 9999 CAA numbers will be reserved as special licence numbers. With an ordinary application, the system will automatically issue a number starting from CAA10000 at no additional cost.

Applications for special licence numbers will be processed at the applicable fee for the combination of numbers and letters chosen by the vehicle owner.

For details of special licence number fees, visit