Expiry Date: 2007
Permanent Residence cards were first issued in 2002 and became necessary by law on Dec 31st, 2003. This means that the first set of issued cards are set to expire this year or early next. It is NEVER too early (when dealing with the government) to apply for renewal. I would recommend you start the process as soon as it is available to avoid the backlog. I almost missed having one myself when I was set to visit South Africa in 2005.