Driver’s & Learner’s Licence
Getting a driver’s and learner’s licence is both exciting and daunting – after all, the process of applying and preparing for that big day can be really tough.
The good news is that by following these steps, you’ll make that process a lot
Applying For Your Learner’s Licence
Applying For Your Learner’s Licence
To get your learner’s licence, you’ll need to pass a multiple-choice test. This is going to test your knowledge of the rules of the road. This is an example of one of the questions included in the test:
Buy a learner’s licence prep book like the “K53 Learner’s Licence Book” from book stores or online.
Once you have studied the “K53 Learner’s Licence Book” you can take mock test to test your knowledge before writing the exam. An example of a test site is https://toda.co.za/learners-test-for-cars
In order to book your Learner’s Licence test, you’ll need:
- An ID document
- Two black and white ID photos
- A booking fee (you will need to contact your testing centre to find out how much this will cost)
- Proof of residential address (those living in an informal settlement should have their ward counsellor write a letter and ensure that it has an official stamp on it).
You will then need to complete the LL1 form (a learner’s licence application form), which you can get at the DLTC (Driver’s Licence Testing Centre). If you are over 65, you will need to complete a Medical Certificate Form (MC).
You can have your eye test done at the testing centre or have it done at a local optician and then submit the form to the testing centre.
When you arrive for your test on the day, you’ll need to make sure that you bring:
- Your booking receipt
- Proof of ID.
Applying For a Driver’s Licence
You need to be 18 years old to take your driver’s licence test.
Make sure you take driving lessons with a driving school before undertaking the K53 driving test. A school will not only prepare you for the test, but they can also help you by making your booking, as well as driving you to the testing centre on the day of your test.
To find a driving school in your area, simply Google “driving school” followed by your location. Be sure to read reviews on the driving school before you book with them – this will ensure you pick a school that offers their students the best quality service.
Drivers Licence Application Process
Go to https://online.natis.gov.za to find your nearest driving licence testing centre (DLTC) and to book a test date.
Documents to be handed to the DLTC:
- your learner’s licence.
- your identity document (ID).
- Four identical black-and-white photographs. You must first confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require before you have photos taken.
- Proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the of 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 postal and residential address.
- A booking fee.
What To Do
Complete the notification of change of address or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form.
Complete the Application for driving licence form (DL1) at the DLTC.
Keep the receipt as proof of payment and as confirmation of the test date and time.
On the date of the test, you must be at the DLTC at the specified testing time. Your receipt and learner’s licence will be verified before you proceed to the test.
You will be assessed by a qualified examiner.
If you pass the test, your fingerprints will be taken 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. You will also need to pay the issuing fee to receive a temporary driving licence, which you will use while you wait for the ordered driving licence card.
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.
How long does it take?
Your driving licence should be ready within four to six weeks. A temporary driving licence is issued immediately.
How much does it cost?
Contact your local licensing office to find out the cost.
Forms to complete
The Application for driving licence form (DL1) is available at any driving licence testing centre.