The South African Police Service (SAPS) has implemented new regulations that require drivers of cars with South African-registered plates to carry certified documents proving ownership. This new requirement will be implemented at all South African border posts.
The certified documents should include a certified copy of vehicle registration / vehicle license papers which must be presented at the border posts. This must be accompanied by a letter from the bank / financing institution (as titleholder) giving authorisation to take the vehicle across the border and must indicate dates of travel. Both the bank / financing institution letter and license papers should be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths.
If the driver of the vehicle is not the owner of the vehicle, an affidavit from the police giving authorisation from the financial institution / owner to take the vehicle abroad is required. If the car is rented, the driver must have a letter from the rental company giving permission to take the vehicle out of the country. If the vehicle is not under financing, the vehicle’s original registration papers will reflect the necessary titleholder and owner details.
Regulations do change, and SA travellers are advised to check with the SA Automobile Association on border regulation updates.