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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.


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.


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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.