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Apply for a new or replacement driver's licence<h2 class="sectHeading">Apply for a driver's licence</h2><p>To apply for a driver’s licence you need to already be in possession of a <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/transport-and-vehicles/vehicles-and-driving/learner-and-drivers-licenses">valid learner’s licence</a> for the code for which you are applying, as well as have access to your own roadworthy vehicle for the test.</p><p>Download and complete the Driver's Licence Application form in our document downloads section and book an appointment at your nearest <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/see-all-city-facilities/our-service-facilities/Drivers%20licence%20testing%20centres/">driving licence testing centre</a>; these are at central locations throughout the city. </p><div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>To make the appointment, please bring:</b></p><ul><li>acceptable identification (official ID book/card or a valid RSA passport, Traffic Register Certificate or valid foreign ID and a valid visa/permit);</li><li>a valid learner’s licence;</li><li>two recent identical ID photographs;</li><li>the appointment fee, which is R135 for light vehicles and motorcycles and R200 for heavy vehicles; and</li><li>proof of address (e.g. a utility bill not older than 3 months).</li></ul></div></div>​​​​​​ <p>For a complete list of documents accepted as identification/proof of address, visit the <a href="https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/verification-requirements-motor-vehicle-or-driving-licence-transactions" target="_blank">Western Cape Government website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/FICA%20Documents%20Guideline.pdf" target="_blank">Verification Documents Guideline</a>.</p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Day of appointment​​​​​​​</h2></span>​ <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>​​​​​​On the day of the appointment, please bring:</b></p><ul><li>Acceptable identification</li><li>An appointment receipt</li><li>A roadworthy vehicle</li><li>A valid learners licence</li><li>R140 to issue your licence when you pass</li></ul></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Renew your driver's licence card</h2> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>grace period</h4><p>Driving licence cards and temporary licences that expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 August 2020, remain valid and the grace period for renewals has been extended to 31 August 2021.</p></div></div></span> <p>A driver’s licence is valid for five years, after which you will have to renew it. Download and complete the Driver's Licence Application Form (a DL1 form) from the document downloads section, and submit the form and supporting documents at any <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Drivers%20licence%20testing%20centres">driving licence testing centre</a>. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> <b></b>If you do not collect your card within 120 days, the card will be destroyed. </p></div></div></span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>Additional documents to bring:</b></p><ul><li>Acceptable identification (official ID book/ card or valid RSA passport, Traffic Register Certificate or valid foreign ID and a valid visa/permit)</li><li>Current driver's licence</li><li>One recent ID photograph (two recent identical photographs, if your licence has already expired)</li><li>R140 for the issuing of the licence (R185 if your licence has already expired)</li><li>Proof of address<br></li></ul></div></div><p>For a complete list of documents accepted as identification/proof of address, visit the <a href="https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/verification-requirements-motor-vehicle-or-driving-licence-transactions" target="_blank">Western Cape Government website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/FICA%20Documents%20Guideline.pdf" target="_blank">Verification Documents Guideline</a>.</p> ​​​​​​ <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> If you are overseas at the time that your driving licence expires, you can only renew it when you return to the country. At present, there are no penalties for late renewal.</p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Replace a lost or stolen driver's licence card</h2><p>You will need to complete a Declaration of Lost Documents Form and a Driver's Licence Application Form (DL1), found in the document downloads sections below.</p> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>Additional documents to bring: </b></p><ul><li>Acceptable identification (official SA ID or valid RSA passport, or a valid RSA temporary ID, Traffic Register Certificate or valid foreign ID and a valid visa/permit)</li><li>R185 to issue the replacement licence  </li><li>Two recent identical ID-sized photographs</li></ul></div></div></span> <p>For a complete list of documents accepted as identification/proof of address, visit the <a href="https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/verification-requirements-motor-vehicle-or-driving-licence-transactions" target="_blank">Western Cape Government website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/FICA%20Documents%20Guideline.pdf" target="_blank">Verification Documents Guideline</a>.</p><p>Submit your completed forms and the documents above to any <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Drivers%20licence%20testing%20centres">driving licence testing centre</a>. We will notify you when your replacement card is ready. You will need to collect it from the same testing centre you applied at. </p><h2 class="sectHeading">Temporary driving licence</h2><p>When you pass your driving test, you will receive a temporary licence to use until your licence card is ready for collection. </p><p>If your driving licence card has expired, or it has been lost or stolen, you'll be issued with a temporary driving licence. A temporary licence is valid for six months or until the new/replacement driving licence card is issued </p><p>A temporary licence costs R45.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Convert a foreign licence</h2><h4>Requirements:</h4><ul><li>The exchange must be done within five years of receiving permanent residency in South Africa.</li><li>Your foreign licence must be valid (a photo of you and your signature must be visible on the licence).</li><li> If your licence is not in one of the official languages of South Africa, you must get a letter of translation by a competent authority. </li><li>You must first get permission from the Department of Transport to convert your foreign licence, before applying at one of our driving licence testing centres.</li></ul> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>diplomatic permit</h4><p>You can also apply to convert your licence if you hold a diplomatic permit but don’t have a permanent residency certificate. However, the licence must be accompanied by a letter of validity from the relevant embassy. </p></div></div></span> <h4> How to apply</h4><p> <strong>Step 1:</strong> Visit the Driving Licence Helpdesk, at the<a href="https://www.westerncape.gov.za/facility/department-transport-and-public-works-walk-centre" target="_blank"> Department of Transport<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>, for permission to convert your foreign driving licence. </p> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>​​​​​​Documents you’ll need to bring with you:</b></p><ul><li>Confirmation letter; </li><li>Foreign Driving Licence;</li><li>Passport;</li><li>Proof of Permanent Residency Certificate; and</li><li>SA identity document. </li></ul></div></div></span> <p> <strong>Step 2: </strong>Download and complete the Driver's Licence Application Form (DL1) and the notification of change of address or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form from the document downloads section below. </p> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>​​​​​​What you need to bring with you: </b></p><ul><li>Permission from the Department of Transport</li><li>An acceptable identification document (RSA ID book/card; valid temporary ID; valid RSA passport)</li><li>Two recent identical photographs (colour or black and white)</li><li>Confirmation letter from a driving licence issuing authority that your foreign licence is valid</li><li>Current foreign driving licence </li><li>Letter of translation for the licence by a competent authority (if applicable) </li><li>Proof of permanent residency certificate</li><li>Proof of postal and residential address </li><li>R140 for the issuing of the licence</li></ul></div></div></span> <p>For a complete list of documents accepted as identification/proof of address, visit the <a href="https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/verification-requirements-motor-vehicle-or-driving-licence-transactions" target="_blank">Western Cape Government website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/FICA%20Documents%20Guideline.pdf" target="_blank">Verification Documents Guideline</a>.</p><p> <strong>Step 3:</strong> Submit the completed forms and all supporting documents at a <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Drivers%20licence%20testing%20centres">driving licence testing centre</a> near you.</p><p>For more information or assistance, call the <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Drivers%20licence%20testing%20centres">driving licence testing centre</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Contact us​​​​​</h2> <span> <div class="contact"><h4>​Traffic Services</h4><address><ul><li>Email: <br> <a title="title" href="mailto:0traffic.services@capetown.gov.za">traffic.services@capetown.gov.za</a></li></ul></address></div></span>GP0|#c6262b03-de2e-4afb-a302-1f8b76bf2536;L0|#0c6262b03-de2e-4afb-a302-1f8b76bf2536|Driving and vehicles;GTSet|#a7cfb90d-44ad-4426-98ce-565f79932396;GPP|#4fafd405-ee2c-4ec8-87ee-79828064c3d1;GPP|#54dbab3a-0b2f-4602-8af5-3d651c59a5f4You can apply for your driver’s licence at traffic centres around the City of Cape Town.0

 

 

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