How to Check RICA Status on Vodacom South Africa

Do you wish to find out how to check the RICA status on your Vodacom South Africa SIM? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Vodacom is South Africa’s biggest mobile communication services provider. If you are one of their customers, you may be looking to check your RICA registration status in line with the requirements of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA). So, how do you do it? And is it possible to view your Vodacom RICA status online?

How can I check my Vodacom RICA status

To check your RICA status on Vodacom South Africa, you need to take the following steps;

  1. Open Messages on your phone.
  2. Create a new Message.
  3. Type in the word RICA.
  4. Send the SMS to 31050.
  5. You will get notification telling you whether or not your Vodacom SIM is registered. Check the full message below.
  6. Alternatively, you can dial 082 111 to get your RICA status.

Full SMS response to RICA status check request

When you send the above SMS, you get the following notification;

0820000000 is registered in terms of RICA. For more information, call Vodacom Customer Care on 135 (FREE from your Vodacom cellphone)

Will I be charged anything?

No. Vodacom customers can check their RICA status free of charge.

How to check Vodacom RICA status online: Is it possible?

Most people are looking for information on how to view their Vodacom SIMs RICA status online. That would be a lot easier than all the other steps given here. But is it possible? Can you check your Vodacom RICA status online?

The answer is no. The Vodacom website does not have the functionality to allow people to view their registration status online. So, you will have to use the method given above if you wish to find out whether or not your SIM is registered. That’s actually too bad, considering that MTN does allow people to view their registration status online.

Is this information still relevant?

Some people may be wondering whether or not this information is still relevant, considering that the deadline to register all SIMs expired on 30 June 2011. So, by now everybody should be registered right? Well, certainly. But you will still find a few people looking to confirm their RICA status. Perhaps you have a SIM that you are looking to resurrect. In that case, it would be prudent to see whether or not it’s registered.

Anyway, feel free to check out our article on how to RICA your Vodacom SIM online. Also read our article on how to transfer Vodacom airtime.

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