Vehicle Lisense and Vehicle Lisense Renewal

Apply for a learners license

About a learner’s license

If you have a valid learner’s license you are allowed to drive only when you are supervised by a licensed driver. If the category of vehicle you are driving requires a professional driving permit, the licensed driver must also hold a professional driving permit.

A learner’s license is a permit that proves that you have basic knowledge of a motor vehicle and the rules of the road. The learner’s license is valid for 24 months and cannot be extended.

Different learner’s licenses are issued for the various categories of motor vehicle:

  • Code 1: This is for a motorcycle with or without a sidecar, motor tricycle or quadricycle. You must be 16 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply if the motorcycle’s engine does not exceed 125 cc and 18 years or older if it exceeds 125 cc.
  • Code 2: This is for a motor vehicle, including a minibus, bus or goods vehicle, with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3 500kg. You must be 17 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply.
  • Code 3: This is for a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3 500kg. You must be 18 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply.

What you should do

Go to the nearest driving licensing testing center (DLTC) to book a test date and confirm the booking.

Document to be handed to the DLTC:

  • an identity document (ID)
  • two identical black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken you should confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require)
  • a booking fee.
  • Proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the of the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
  • If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councilor confirming your postal and residential address

Manner of application

  • Complete the Application for learner’s license form (LL1), which is available at the DLTC. If you are 65 years or older, you must also complete a Medical certificate form (MC), which is also available at the driving licensing testing center.
  • You will go for an eye test at the testing center or you may have an eye test performed by a qualified optometrist and submit the form at the testing center as prove.
  • Before you write the learner’s license test, you must study road signs, motor vehicle controls and road rules to have a basic knowledge of a motor vehicle and road signs.
  • Study Materials is usually found in the K53 handbook.

On the day of the test you must submit the following:

  • the booking receipt
  • your ID.

If you pass the test you must pay the issue fee which is determined by the MEC of the Province

How long does it take

The learner’s license is issued on the same day if you passed and paid the relevant fee.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licensing office for the cost.

Forms to complete

  • Application for a learner’s license form (LL1)
  • An applicant over 65 years of age or older require a Medical certificate form (MC)

These forms are available at any driving license testing center. 

 

Drivers License Renewal

About renewing your drivers’ license

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

Note: To renew your license, You will not be required to take a driving test when you renew your driving license. 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 driving license testing center (DLTC). If your site has worsened from the date on which your license was issued, new conditions will be attached to your license.

What you should do

  1. Go to your nearest DLTC with the following:
    • Identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID, old driving license card or valid South African passport
    • Four black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require)
    • Proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the of the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
    • If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councilor confirming your postal and residential address
    • Prescribed application fee.
  2. Complete form DL1: Application for renewal of driving license card.
  3. Complete the notification of change of address or particulars of person or organization (NCP) form.
  4. You will do an eye test or you can do it at an optometrist of your choice and take your results to the DLTC.

How long does it take

Your new driving license will be ready in four to six weeks.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licensing office to find out the cost.

Forms to complete

Application for renewal of driver’s license (DL1). The form is available at the driving license testing center.

Car License Renewal

You must renew your motor vehicle license every year before it expires. If you fail to renew your license, you will be liable to pay late licensing penalties and arrears. You get a 21-day grace period if you have not renewed the expired motor vehicle license. The grace period is calculated from the expiry date of the current license disc. You must renew your motor vehicle license at your relevant registering authority or at a selected post office near you. Bi-annual motor vehicle license renewal:

Licenses for buses must be renewed every six months because their certification of roadworthiness is valid for six months only.

What you should do

  1. If your vehicle is used for public transport or is a heavy load motor vehicle, you must obtain a roadworthiness certificate.
  2. Go to your nearest registering authority or post office that issue motor vehicle licenses and take the following with if your vehicle is registered in your name:
    • your identity document
    • proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
    • if you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councilor confirming your postal and residential address
    • you must fill in a notification of change of address or particulars of person or organization (NCP) form.
    • motor vehicle license renewal notice (MVL2). If you do not have the renewal notice, complete form ALV (Application for Licensing of Motor Vehicle)
  3. For a vehicle registered in an organization or company’s name, bring the following:
    • business certificate of the organization or company
    • identity document of proxy
    • letter of proxy
    • Motor vehicle license renewal notice (MVL2). If you do not have the renewal notice, complete an Application for Licensing of Motor Vehicle form (ALV).
  4. Pay the license fee specified on the notification.

How long does it take

The application is processed on the same day.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licensing office for the cost.

Forms to complete

The Application for motor vehicle license (MVL1) form is available from any registering authority or selected post offices

Where To Pay Traffic Fines

Traffic fines can be paid at these outlets:

  • At any Pick n Pay stores countrywide
  • ABSA Bank – Any FNB ATM, cashiers and online.
  • South African Post Office – Hand over original fine and pay the cashier.
  • First National Bank (FNB) – Any FNB ATM, cashiers and online.
  • Shoprite Checkers
  • Engen Quickshops
  • Some Woolworths Stores
  • Lewis
  • Spar
  • Boxer

Or you can pay it Online: