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Application For a Drivers Licence

You need a driving licence to drive legally on South African roads. Before applying for a driving licence, you must have a learners licence.

Different licences are issued for the various categories of motor vehicle:

  • Code A1: This is for a motor cycle with or without a sidecar and with an engine not exceeding 125 cc. You must be at least 17 years old on the date of the test.
  • Code A: This is for a motor cycle with or without a sidecar and with an engine that exceeds 125 cc. You must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Code B: This is for a motor vehicle, including a minibus, bus and goods vehicle, with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3 500kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Code C1: This is for a motor vehicle, a bus, minibus or goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Code C: This is for a motor vehicle, a bus or a goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 16 000kg. 
  • Code EB: This is for a:
    • light motor vehicle that is articulated (light motor vehicle drawing a trailer) with a gross combination mass not exceeding 3 500 kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply
    • combination of a motor vehicle with a tare not exceeding 3 500 kg and a minibus, bus or goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3 500 kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply. 
  • Code EC: This is for an articulated heavy motor vehicle (heavy motor vehicle drawing a trailer[s]) with a gross combination mass exceeding 16 000 kg or a combination of a bus or goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 16 000 kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Code EC1: This is for:
    • an articulated heavy motor vehicle (heavy motor vehicle drawing a trailer[s]) with a  gross combination mass between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply.
    • a combination of a motor vehicle with a tare between 3 500 kg and 16 500 kg and a minibus, midibus, bus or goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass between 3 500 kg and 16 000 kg. You must be 18 years or older to apply.

 

What you should do

Go to the Drivers Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) of your choice to book a test date with the following:

  • your learner's licence
  • your identity document (ID)
  • four identical black-and-white photographs. You must first confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require before you have photos taken 
  • a booking fee.

Keep the receipt as proof of payment and as confirmation of the test date and time.

Complete the application for driving licence form (DL1) at the DLTC.

On the date of the test, you must be at the DLTC at the allocated testing time. Your receipt and learner’s licence will be verified before you proceed to the test.

You will be assessed by a qualified examiner.

If you pass the test, they will take your fingerprints and you will undergo an eye test at the DLTC. Alternatively, you can go for an eye test at a qualified optometrist and submit the form at the DLTC.

When you pass the driving test, you must pay the issuing fee to receive a temporary driving licence, which you will use while you wait for the ordered driving licence card. When your driving licence card is ready for collection you will be notified. This must be collected at the DLTC where you made your application.

 


Timeframe

The application is processed on the same day.


How much does it cost

Please contact your local licensing office for the costs.


Renewing Your Driving Licence

How to Renew Your Driving Licence

You must renew your driver’s licence card four weeks before its expiry date. If you renew it after the expiry date, you will have to apply for a temporary driver’s licence at an additional cost while waiting for your driver’s licence to be issued

eNatis explains as follows: When your driving licence card expires, it does not mean that your driving licence has expired - only that the card serving as valid proof that you hold such a licence has expired. When you renew your card you will not be expected to undergo a driving licence test.

Note: To renew your licence, you will not be required to take a driver’s licence examination, but you will undergo eye testing and your fingerprints will be taken. Alternatively, you can have your eyes tested by an optometrist and submit the form at the traffic centre. If your sight has worsened from the date on which your licence was issued, new conditions will be attached to your licence.

What you should do

Go to your nearest Driving Licence Testing Centre with the following:

  • identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID, old driver’s licence card or valid South African passport

  • four black and white ID photographs

  • application fee.

 

Complete form DL1, Application for renewal of driver’s licence card.

You will do an eye test or you can do it at an optometrist of your choice and bring your results to the traffic centre.

Timeframe

Your new driver’s licence will be ready in four to six weeks.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licencing office to establish costs.

Forms to complete

Application for renewal of driver’s licence, DL1. The form is available from the driving licence testing centre.

 

 

 

Whilst every precaution has been taken to ensure that the above details are correct,  Patricia's Driving School does not guarantee their accuracy and will not accept any responsibility or claims of any kind for any type of losses or inconvenience caused as a result of any inaccuracy or omission in the above details.  Interested parties are strongly advised to double-check all details with the Gauteng Provincial Government contact centre (0860 Gauteng) or the testing station in question and not rely on the  details in this area when going to either confirm the test in person or do the actual driver's or learner's test.