Drivers License

2 Feb 2018 01:18: -


7 months ago

Follow these Steps when applying for your Drivers License: List of Driving Licence Testing Centres...

Applying for a driver's licence

Before you apply:

  • Ensure that you are 18 years and older and have a valid learner’s licence. However, you can apply for a licence to drive a motorcycle (up to 125 CC) if you are over the age of 16.
  • Have your eyes tested at the driving licence testing centre on the day you make your appointment.
  • Make sure you have two identical black and white photographs measuring 45mm x 35mm.
  • Make sure your face is clearly

    visible and that the background is clear, with no shadows.

  • If your religion specifies that you cover your hair, you may do so, but your face must not be covered.
  • Your picture should be printed on photographic paper.
  • Ask a professional photographer to take your picture so that you get the best quality.
  • Bring the required fee.

Where to apply

You can apply at your nearest driving licence testing centre

When you apply, you should:

  • bring your ID,
  • four photographs and valid learner’s licence to make your appointment,
  • complete the green colour-coded form, DL1 provided by the traffic department,
  • bring a pen to complete your forms, and
  • a proof of address. 

Your application will specify, in accordance with your learner's licence, which type of vehicle you would like to drive (motorcycle, car, minibus etc).

Once you have applied for the licence and have passed the eye test, a date will be set for your driving test.

The driving test uses the K53 method and the examiner for driving licences will ensure that you:

  • Have a valid learner's licence.
  • Know and understand the road traffic signs.
  • Have a sound knowledge of the rules of the road and the different signals which a driver of a vehicle is required to give when driving on a public road.
  • Are generally capable of driving the type of vehicle specified on the application.

Study materials are available at libraries or can be bought at various shops to help you prepare for your driving test. Many people hire a driving instructor.

Once you have passed the driving test, you will be issued with a temporary driving licence while your credit card format driving licence is prepared.

Once the credit card format licence is ready for collection, you will be notified in the post. When you collect the licence, you need to produce your ID. Licences that are not collected in 120 days are destroyed.

If another person is set to collect the driving licence, the person collecting the licence will need to have:

  • a certified copy of their ID,
  • a certified copy of the driver's ID, and
  • an affidavit stating why the driver cannot collect the licence himself/herself which also states the name and ID number of the person collecting the licence.

How much does it cost?

The cost of application is determined by the type of driver's licence you are applying for:

Heavy Motor Vehicle:

  • Application: R200
  • Card Issue: R140

Light Motor Vehicle:

  • Application: R135
  • Card Issue: R140

Motorcycle:

  • Application: R135
  • Card Issue: R140

A temporary driving licence costs R45.

Passing your licence

Once you've applied for your driver’s licence,  you will need to get driving lessons to prepare for your test. You will also need to understand the rules of the road and traffic signs, and demonstrate your ability to drive a vehicle. Once you are ready to take the test, the traffic officer will test your knowledge and skills to determine whether you’re ready to get on the road.

Collecting your licence

When you pass your test, you will receive a temporary licence. A few weeks later you will receive a letter to notify you to collect your driver's licence card. If you cannot fetch your driver's licence, you can send someone else to get it for you.

They will need:

  • their ID,
  • a certified copy of your ID, and
  • an affidavit stating why you cannot collect the licence yourself.