Some users in Johannesburg and Pretoria have mentioned on this blog’s comments that they were unable to renew their Drivers Licence due to outstanding fines. This is due to the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) testing integration with the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) integration into their systems.

AARTO has been successfully tested in Tshwane and Joburg.

What is RTIA?

RTIA is a government agency that encourages the execution of traffic fines and discourages motorists breaking road traffic laws. It enforces penalties against motorists issued with traffic fines and provides specialised prosecution support services. It also aims to educate the public on their rights and options as individuals with regard to traffic violations.

Who does AARTO stand for?

AARTO is the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences.

National AARTO rollout to proceed as soon as the AARTO Amendment Bill is passed. This has been tabled in parliament by Minister Blade Nzimande.

Then all Road Traffic Inspectorate testing centres will be connected to the national fines database and you will not be able to renew your licence without settling your outstanding fines first.

You can query outstanding fines on the AARTO database here: (this is an external service!)


You should not enter your personal details into any site that does not secure the transmission of secure data through SSL. Nonetheless, I took one for the team and entered my ID number and drivers licence number into the search. It couldn’t find my driver’s licence number. Hopefully, that is a good sign!


I contacted the RTIA on Twitter to ask what the best way is to query outstanding fines. This is what they said:

Dispute a traffic fine

If you believe your traffic fine was in error or that the amount should be reduced, you should read this post on how to dispute a traffic fine.


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