Numbers run out for CA plates

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)

New Cape Town vehicle number plates will start with the letters CAA, from this weekend.

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

Vehicle owners who currently have a CA licence number will be able to transfer this number to a new vehicle they own. At the moment the available CA combinations have run out.

The first 9999 CAA numbers will be reserved as special licence numbers. The system will automatically issue numbers from CAA10000 at no additional cost, with ordinary applications.

Applications for special licence numbers will be processed at the applicable rate for certain combinations of numbers and letters.

Details of these fees can be found at