Cabinet has approved the replacement of the current Driving Licence Card to a one with more secure design features. The current system has been in operation since 1998.

In a statement on Thursday, cabinet said the technology has since evolved and it is becoming expensive to maintain the current infrastructure.

“The new proposed card will make the country’s driving licence compatible with the International Information Technology Personal Identification Compliant Driving Licence (ISO18013),” cabinet said.

In February, transport minister Fikile Mbalula announced that department planned to introduce a new driving licence card in South Africa from October 2023.

Speaking in a media briefing held at the time, Mbalula said the new card would feature a number of security enhancements and international recognition – meaning it could be used as a form of identification.