Motorists are advised to check the status of their application at the centre where they applied.
Alternatively, they can check their driving licence card status by sending their ID number via SMS to 33214.
The Transport Department says motorists will experience a “significantly slower turn-around time” for the issuing of driving licences.
This is due to an ongoing strike involving employees at the department’s Driving Licensing Card Account (DLCA).
DLCA employees apparently want permanent positions and want to be insourced by the department in order to receive employment benefits.
Department spokesperson Jandré Bakker says the ongoing industrial action has affected issuing centres nationwide.
Bakker says drivers who apply for a driving licence card renewal prior to the expiry date can use their application receipts and their old cards for a maximum of three months.
Those who apply after their licences have expired will be issued a temporary licence, at an extra fee, which will be valid for six months.