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Renewing or Replacing a Driving Licence

Find out how to go about renewing an expired licence or replacing one that has been lost or stolen…

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:

  • The old driving licence or valid ID
  • Four black and white ID photographs
  • The application fee and completed application form DL1

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.

  • For more about renewing a driving licence, including fees: Click here

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.

  • For details and costs involved in applying for a temporary driving licence: Click here
  • For more details about replacing a lost or stolen licence: Click here

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.

  • For more information about car insurance in South Africa: Click here
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