Service Delivery

Ekurhuleni Grants Extension for Renewal of Licenses

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City is offering eligible drivers more time to renew their expired driver’s licenses.

Extension is granted those who possess learner’s licenses, driving license cards, temporary driving licenses and professional driving permits that expired during lockdown. Licenses that expired between 26 March and 31 August are deemed valid until 31 January 2021.

Divisional Head for Licensing Hamilton Ledwaba said, “We have extended the period for renewal of these licenses with a goal of allowing our staff to deal with the backlog that came as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. We are working with limited staff complement due to Covid-19 regulations of social distancing and having to let employees with comorbidities to stay at home.

He said, “We encourage residents to take advantage of this extended period to renew their licenses online and not wait for the deadline to approach.

“You will not be required to take a driving test when you renew your driving licence. You will undergo eye testing and your fingerprints will be taken. Alternatively, you can have your eyes tested by an optometrist and submit the report at the driving licence testing centre (DLTC). If your sight has worsened from the date on which your license was issued, new conditions will be attached to the new licence.”

Nomasonto Gwebu, a motorist from KwaThema, said her license expired in May this year and appreciated the extension that the City has granted.

“I work in the retail sector and I seldom find time off from work to visit licensing offices. With this extension I will be able to make time to renew my driver’s license,” she said.

How to renew your license?

All Gauteng residents must apply online for the renewal by visiting

  1. Complete form DL1: Application for renewal of driving license card.
  2. Complete the notification of change of address, or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form.
  3. You will do an eye test or you can do it at an optometrist of your choice and take the results to the DLTC on your appointment date.

What do I take with on appointment day?

  • Identity Document (ID) and a copy of your ID,
  • Old driving license card, or valid South African passport,
  • Four black-and-white ID photographs,
  • Proof of residential address. 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 councillor confirming your residential address,
  • Prescribed application fee.

How long does it take?

Your new driving licence will be ready for collection in four to six weeks after application.