How to book and apply for your South African learners license and how much it costs
If you would like to apply for a South African learners license, you first need to which one. There are three types of learners licenses:
- Code 1: This is for a motor cycle with or without a sidecar, motor tricycle or quadricycle. You must be 16 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply if the motorcycle’s engine does not exceed 125 cc and 18 years or older if it exceeds 125 cc.
- Code 2: This is for a motor vehicle, including a minibus, bus or goods vehicle, with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3 500kg. You must be 17 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply.
- Code 3: This is for a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3 500kg. You must be 18 years or older on the date of the test in order to apply.
What do you need to apply for a South African learners license:
- Go to the nearest driving licensing testing center (DLTC) to book a test date and confirm the booking.
- Take the following with you:
- A green barcoded identity document (ID) or the new smart ID card
- Four identical black-and-white ID photographs. You can take these at any Photo First or Kodak store found in most malls
- A booking fee of R108. Take more money. You never know.
- Proof of postal and residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at that address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
- If you stay in an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councilor confirming your postal and residential address
- Complete the Application for learner’s license form (LL1). You can download the form here. If you are 65 years or older, you must also complete a Medical certificate form (MC), which is also available at the DLTC. TIP: Print extra forms. You never know if you have the wrong info filled in on the first one and you don’t want to struggle to print it there.
- TAKE YOUR OWN PEN WITH YOU!! They don’t have pens there.
- You will go for an eye test at the testing center or you may have an eye test performed by a qualified optometrist and submit the form at the testing center.
- Before you write the learner’s license test, you must study road signs, motor vehicle controls and road rules to have a basic knowledge of a motor vehicle and road signs. You can study the K53 test online here.
- On the day of the test you must submit the following:
- the booking receipt
- your ID.
- TAKE YOUR OWN PEN!
- If you pass the test you must pay the issue fee of +/- R55. Take more money than that. You never know.
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