It is necessary to obtain a learner's licence before applying for a full driving licence. Learner licences are issued by the provincial Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTC).
To obtain a learner's licence go to the nearest DLTC with:
It is also necessary to:
A learner's driving licence is issued on passing a multiple-choice theory test about vehicle controls, rules of the road and traffic signs. Valid ID and the booking fee receipt should be taken to the examination.
It is not a legal obligation to display L-plates on the vehicle.
Learner licences are issued for different types of vehicles:
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age for a Code 1 (18 if the motorcycle engine exceeds 125 cc), 17 for Code 2 licence and at least 18 years of age for Code 3 learner's licence.
Learner licences are valid for 24 months. Code 2 and Code 3 learner drivers must be accompanied by a fully licenced driver at all times.
All driving schools and instructors must be registered and approved and must hold a driving instructor's or driving school certificate.
After passing the theory exam and obtaining a learner's driving licence, the learner driver can then use their learner's permit to obtain a full driving licence. This involves taking a driving test which has two components:
The test is marked on a point system, where the loss of too many points results in a fail. If the driver is successful they are issued with a Temporary Driving Licence, which is replaced by a Permanent Driving Licence within six months.
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