Licensed to Drive
Obtaining a valid Driving Licence is an important and necessary requirement if you want to drive a car in South Africa. Although the process of obtaining your licence requires time and money, it is a worthwhile investment that will allow a licence holder to navigate through all local and national road.
How to Do a Booking for a Learner’s Licence?
Go to https://online.natis.gov.za to make a booking:
- Register your profile,
- Make a booking to a Driving License Testing Centre (DLTC) stating area where you prefer to be tested,
- You must pay for your booking at the testing station at which the pre-booking was made,
- The payment must be made within three days from making the pre-booking,
- You can do an eye test on the day of the payment at the DLTC or go to a recognised eye specialist where a certificate, accepted at the testing station, will be issued,
- If the date and time that you prefer is not available, you can either defer your booking until the desired time slots become available or try a different testing station.
What Are The Minimum Age Requirements for Obtaining a Learner’s Licence?
- Motorcycles 125 cc or less (without a sidecar): 16 years of age
- Light motor vehicles not more than 3 500kg: 17 years of age
- All other vehicles (including motorcycles over 125 cc): 18 years of age
How Do I Obtain a Learner’s Licence?
Before you can obtain a valid Driver’s Licence, you need to obtain a Learner’s Licence, which are issued by the City’s Driving License Testing Centres.
To obtain a licence visit your nearest DLTC with the following:
- Proof of Identity, preferably a South African Identity Document (ID),
- Two black and white ID photographs,
- Booking fee,
- Completed form, LL1, available from DLTC,
- You will be need to complete an eye test,
- You will also be required to pass a multiple choice theory examination. The test focuses on vehicle controls, rules of the road and traffic signs.
- If you pass both the eye test and the theory examination, you will be issued with a Learner’s Licence,
- A Learner’s Licence is valid for 24 months.
*Tip: Take your ID and booking receipt with you to the examination.
What Types Of Learner Licences Are There?
There are three types of Learner Licences:
Code 1 – motorcycles,
Code 2 – vehicles (except motorcycles) including minibuses, buses and goods vehicles, weighing less than 3 500kg,
Code 3 – all vehicles (except motorcycles) weighing more than 3 500kg,
*Tip: Code 2 and Code 3 learner drivers must be accompanied by a fully licenced driver at all times while driving.
How Do I Obtain a Driver’s Licence?
Once you have obtained your Learner’s Licence, you can apply for your Driving Licence at your nearest DLTC. Here’s what you need to do: Provide your Identity Document (ID),
- Provide a valid Learner’s Licence,
- Complete form DL1, available from DLTC,
- Provide two black and white ID photographs,
- Provide the prescribed fee,
- Using the K53 method, you will be required to pass a driving test that incorporates a yard test (parking manoeuvres) and a road test,
- If you pass the driving test, you will be issued with a temporary Driver’s Licence valid for six months which will subsequently be replaced by a permanent one.
In South Africa, your driving licence is valid for a period of five years from date of issue.