What is microdotting and how does it affect you?Microdot technology
is a form of identification that is unique to South Africa. Microdots are minute dots containing the vehicle
identification number (VIN) or a personal identification number (PIN) in 88
different places on the vehicle. These
dots are seen as a passive means of protecting the identity of the vehicle as
well as components of a stolen vehicle.
Microdots have been
implemented by the National Road Traffic Act.
There are currently two regulations in the National Road Traffic Act
that deal with this, namely:-
56 1A requires all vehicles first registered in the Republic on or after 1
September, 2012, to be fitted with microdots. This places an obligation on the manufacturer or importer to ensure that
vehicles have microdots before being sold or made available to the public.
337 B, on the other hand, deals with vehicles requiring a police clearance
certificate. The regulation requires that the title holder ensure that the
vehicle has been microdotted, if it has not already been done by the
Given the above, this
is how microdots will affect you:
If you bought a brand new vehicle on or after the 1 September, 2012, your vehicle should have been
microdotted. Further, if your vehicle
has been stolen and recovered, deregistered or you have fitted a reconditioned
engine into your vehicle, a police clearance certificate is required, and in
order to comply with same, you will need to have your vehicle microdotted.