Driver’s Licence Info

Here you can find information regarding your South African Driver’s Licence.

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We try to answer a multitude of your Driver’s Licence questions such as what requirements you need to meet in order to be eligible for a Driver’s Licence, what format the practical driving test is in, and where your nearest Driving Licence Testing Centre might be. Although we try to keep this information up to date, it’s always best to double-check with a local, licenced Driving Instructor: they will always know your local Driving Licence Testing Centre better than we can, and will be aware of many small and undocumented changes these centres make. For example, the centres sometimes change the cost of licencing fees without this being published on the government services website, so we would have no way of knowing this change happened!

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If you have a question which isn’t here, you could Contact us, check the GetYourDrivers community on Facebook, or check the South African Government Services Website. We will try our best to answer you, but at times we may not be able to. If you have specific questions about the nuances of certain manoeuvres, it’s best to consult a licenced instructor on the matter.

 

 


What do LMV and HMV stand for? 

“LMV” stands for Light Motor Vehicle and refers to vehicles which do not exceed a mass of 3500kg (they will generally be cars). “HMV” stands for Heavy Motor Vehicle and refers to vehicles which exceed a mass of 3500kg (they will generally be trucks).

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What is a Drivers Licence? Why do I need one?

A Driver’s Licence is a permit that proves you can operate a motor vehicle with enough proficiency such that you are allowed to drive on South Africa’s roads. You need one in order to legally drive in South Africa.

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When can I apply for my Drivers Licence? What requirements do I need to meet?

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.

CodeA: 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 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.
  • a 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 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, minibus, 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.


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.

You need to have a valid ID document.

You need to pass an Eye Test.

You need to have a valid Learner’s Licence.

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What would stop me from qualifying or even applying for a Drivers Licence?

You cannot apply for someone else. You can only apply for yourself.

You cannot apply for a Driver’s Licence if you do not have a Learner’s Licence.

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How do I book my Drivers Licence?

Go to the nearest Driving Licensing Testing Centre (DLTC) to book a test date and confirm the booking.

Complete the Application for Driver’s Licence form (DL1), which is available at the DLTC. Make sure you keep the receipt as proof of payment and as confirmation of the test date and time – you will need to present it on the day of your test.

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Where is my nearest DLTC?

Lists of Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTC) for various provinces can be found below. If your province is not here and you wish to find out where your nearest DLTC is, we advise that you contact a local driving instructor.

DLTCs for the Western Cape

DLTCs for Kwa-Zulu Natal

Traffic Stations for Limpopo

DLTCs in Johannesburg

DLTCs in Pretoria/Tshwane

We will add more as we find them!

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What are the codes for the various types of Licence?

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 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.
  • a 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 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, minibus, 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.


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.

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What should I bring with me when I book for my Drivers Licence test at my nearest Licence testing centre?

Your ID or valid Passport.

You will need to complete a DL1 form which will be provided to you at the centre, so you should bring a pen (black or blue) to write with.

Bring two to four recent photographs, passport size, in black and white or colour (most photography centres know to take the correct size photographs).

The current cost of booking the test for your Learner’s Licence ranges from between R132 and R345, depending on which province you’re in. See the Government Services site for a breakdown of costs by province. Please note that even those figures may not be entirely accurate, as centres sometimes change costs, and this is not always reflected on the site. We advise you bring some extra money just in case, or phone the testing centre ahead of time to find out the cost.

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What should I bring with me on the day that I am scheduled to take my test?

A copy of the receipt you were given for payment when applying to write the test.

Your ID book.

Between R120 and R250 – depending in which province you are in – for the licence issuing fee if you pass your test. See the Government Services site for a breakdown of the costs by province. Please note that even those figures may not be entirely accurate, as centres sometimes change costs, and this is not always reflected on the site. We advise you bring some extra money just in case, or phone the testing centre ahead of time to find out the cost.

Note: If you are late, or if you have not brought the above documentation, you will not be able to take the test AND you will forfeit any monies paid already! So get there early!

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What does the test consist of?

Light and heavy motor vehicles

  • First part – Yard Test: A Pre-trip inspection and a yard test. During the yard test you will need to demonstrate parking manoeuvres, successful reversing and moving off on an incline without rolling.
  • Second part – Road Test: A practical driving test on the road with other traffic (out of the yard). Light motor-vehicles have 20 minutes in which to complete the Yard test, while Heavy Motor-vehicles have 30. The practical test is allotted between 20 and 45 minutes.


Motorcycles

  • First Part – Yard Test: Pre-trip inspection, and rider will need to demonstrate that they can mount and dismount the bike, start it, move off, turn the bike, control its speed, change lanes (to the right) and demonstrate moving off an incline.
  • Second Part – Riding Test: A rider will need to demonstrate moving off, judging speed while turning, perform a controlled stop, an emergency stop, and an emergency swerve at the request of the examiner. Both sections of the motorcycle practical test are done in the yard at the driving licence testing centre – no parts will be conducted in traffic. There is no time limit for the first part.

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How long after I have taken the test will it take for me to obtain my actual Drivers Licence? How long is it Valid for?

If you pass the test, you will be issued a Temporary Driving Licence immediately after the test (you must pay the issuing fee for this). You must use this temporary licence until you receive your official one, which usually takes between 4 and 6 weeks. You will be notified when your driving licence card is ready for collection. You must collect your driving licence at the DLTC where you made your application.

A Driver’s Licence is valid for 5 years. You must renew it 4 weeks before its expiration date. To renew your licence, you will not be required to take a driving 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 driving licence testing centre (DLTC). If your sight has worsened from the date on which your licence was issued, new conditions will be attached to your licence.

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

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When should I NOT attempt to drive?

If you have had alcohol to drink.

If you have taken any drugs.

If you have taken medication that leads to drowsiness (see medication information insert).

If you are very tired.

If you have just had a fight with someone and or for some other reason you are feeling very angry or upset.

If you need to talk on the cell phone, send SMS or read an SMS.

If your car has a flat tyre.

If it is raining and your windscreen wipers are defective or worn through.

If your tyres are needing to be replaced due to low tread. (Many insurance companies will not pay you out for a claim if it turns out that when you had an accident, your tyres were worn.)

If your car has any other mechanical problems. Tip: Always have your car checked if it suddenly starts making strange noises as this is often an indication of something really wrong.

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