Driving licences must be renewed four weeks before they are due to expire. If renewed after the expiry date it is necessary to apply for a temporary driving licence while waiting for the renewal to be issued, at an additional cost.
To renew a driving licence a motorist should take the following documents to the nearest Driving Licence Testing Centre:
It is also necessary to take an eye test, and fingerprints are taken. The new driving licence is normally issued within four to six weeks and costs between R120 to R250 depending on the province, or more if the licence has already expired.
If a driving licence is damaged, lost or stolen, it is necessary to apply for a new one. A temporary driving licence is needed while waiting for the replacement.
It is not a legal requirement at present to have car insurance in South Africa. However, vehicles purchased with a bank loan are often subject to having insurance cover as part of the deal.
For those motorists who do choose to take out car insurance, the insurance industry is well regulated by independent regulatory bodies such as the Financial Services Board (FSB) and by South African law. However, car insurance can be quite expensive in South Africa.
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