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How to get your License

Car ownership starts with learning how to drive and obtaining your driver’s licence.

How to get your License

Getting your driver’s licence

 

Car ownership starts with learning how to drive and obtaining your driver’s licence. This is an issue frequently brought up by first-time drivers, who often aren’t aware of exactly how to go about this crucial and liberating process. Here is what needs to be done:

 

Get a learner’s licence:

This is the first step in gaining the legal ability to drive a car.

  • A learner’s licence gives you the legal right to drive a vehicle under the supervision of a licenced driver – you are not allowed to drive a car by yourself.
  • You need to be 17 years old to get a learner’s licence for a car.
  • A learner’s licence is valid for 24 months, after which you need to reapply and retake the test (unless you have obtained your actual driver’s licence within this period).

 

To get a learner’s licence you need to pass a written test. These are the steps involved:

  1. Book a test date at your local Driving Licensing Test Centre. To do so you will need to take your SA ID book or card, two identical black and white photos, proof of residence and the booking fee. You will need to complete a booking form at the test centre.
  2. Study the K53 Learner’s Licence study guide to learn the rules of the road and the theory behind driving a vehicle.
  3. Pass the test. You will need to take the booking receipt and your ID on the day of the test, and you will need to pay an issuing fee if you pass.
  4. Your learner’s licence will be issued on the same day.

 

Learn to drive

Once you have your learner’s licence you can legally drive on public roads, under supervision. It is now time to learn how to drive. The best way to do this is via a reputable driving teacher or school, as they will teach you both how to drive and how to pass the practical driver’s licence test.

 

Get a driver’s licence

To obtain a driver’s licence in South Africa you need to be 18 years old and pass a practical test. These are the steps involved:

  1. Book a test date at your local Driving Licensing Test Centre. To do so you will need to take your SA ID book or card, four identical black and white photos, proof of residence and the booking fee. You will need to complete a booking form at the test centre.
  2. On the day of the test, arrive at the correct time with your booking receipt and your Learner’s Licence.
  3. Pass the test.
  4. If you pass, your fingerprints will be taken and your eye’s tested. (You can alternatively take the results of an eye test performed at an optometrist.)
  5. Pay the issuing fee.
  6. A temporary driver’s licence will be issued on the day, after which you are legally allowed to drive by yourself in a car of the code for which your licence is applicable. You will need to collect your permanent driver’s licence card from the test centre when it is ready, which should be withing 6 weeks.

 

Getting your driver’s licence

 

Car ownership starts with learning how to drive and obtaining your driver’s licence. This is an issue frequently brought up by first-time drivers, who often aren’t aware of exactly how to go about this crucial and liberating process. Here is what needs to be done:

 

Get a learner’s licence:

This is the first step in gaining the legal ability to drive a car.

  • A learner’s licence gives you the legal right to drive a vehicle under the supervision of a licenced driver – you are not allowed to drive a car by yourself.
  • You need to be 17 years old to get a learner’s licence for a car.
  • A learner’s licence is valid for 24 months, after which you need to reapply and retake the test (unless you have obtained your actual driver’s licence within this period).

 

To get a learner’s licence you need to pass a written test. These are the steps involved:

  1. Book a test date at your local Driving Licensing Test Centre. To do so you will need to take your SA ID book or card, two identical black and white photos, proof of residence and the booking fee. You will need to complete a booking form at the test centre.
  2. Study the K53 Learner’s Licence study guide to learn the rules of the road and the theory behind driving a vehicle.
  3. Pass the test. You will need to take the booking receipt and your ID on the day of the test, and you will need to pay an issuing fee if you pass.
  4. Your learner’s licence will be issued on the same day.

 

Learn to drive

Once you have your learner’s licence you can legally drive on public roads, under supervision. It is now time to learn how to drive. The best way to do this is via a reputable driving teacher or school, as they will teach you both how to drive and how to pass the practical driver’s licence test.

 

Get a driver’s licence

To obtain a driver’s licence in South Africa you need to be 18 years old and pass a practical test. These are the steps involved:

  1. Book a test date at your local Driving Licensing Test Centre. To do so you will need to take your SA ID book or card, four identical black and white photos, proof of residence and the booking fee. You will need to complete a booking form at the test centre.
  2. On the day of the test, arrive at the correct time with your booking receipt and your Learner’s Licence.
  3. Pass the test.
  4. If you pass, your fingerprints will be taken and your eye’s tested. (You can alternatively take the results of an eye test performed at an optometrist.)
  5. Pay the issuing fee.
  6. A temporary driver’s licence will be issued on the day, after which you are legally allowed to drive by yourself in a car of the code for which your licence is applicable. You will need to collect your permanent driver’s licence card from the test centre when it is ready, which should be withing 6 weeks.