Learners Licence in South Africa – How to Acquire Yours
What is Learners Licence
People who holds a learners licence in South Africa are allowed to drive under supervision of a qualified and licensed driver. In a case where the category of car the learner is driving will need a professional driving permit, the supervisor must also have the same professional driving permit. As such every supervisor must have the same licence qualification the learner want to learn.
Duration of the Validity of the Learners Licence
The learners licence is a permit that gives the approval that the holder has all basic idea of a motor vehicle and road safety rules that regulates all road usage. The learners licence is valid for 24 months (2years). The Licence also cannot be extended. This is an indication that the learners licence cannot be renewed.
Categories of the Learners Licence
There are exactly categories that are permitted to be issued to the learners licence applicants for motor vehicle. The following are the three categories:
- Code One : This category is for motor cycles with or without sidecar, motor tricycle (three wheels) or quadrucycles (four wheels). To qualify, the applicant must not be less than sixteen (16) years at the date of test if the motor cycle has engine capacity not more than 125 cc. However, if the engine capacity is more than 125cc, the applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years at the date of test.
- Code Two : This is permitted for motor vehicle such as minibus, bus, goods vehicle having a gross vehicle mass not more than 3500kg. The applicant must be at least seventeen (17) years at the date of the of the test.
- Code Three: This category of learners licence is permitted for motor vehicles with gross vehicle mass more than 3500kg. The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the date of test.
How and Where to Apply for the Learners Licence
Visit any nearest Driving Licensing Testing Centre (DLTC) with the following documents:
- An ID document
- Two black and white passport size ID photographs. It is advised to confirm from the DLTC with the number of photographs that has to be submitted.
- Booking fee (the fee has to be confirmed from the DLTC for the current amount)
- Proof of residential and postal. Utility account can be used in this case. If you are not the owner of the utility or the resident, the owner has to make an affidavit to declare that the applicant lives in his residence and that the applicant can attach the utility bill.
- If you live in an informal area with no proper proof, a letter signed and stamped by the ward Councillor to confirm your postal and residential address.
Read Also: Apply for Learner’s Licence on RTMC Drivers and Learners Online Portal
The following forms will be filled:
- Complete the LL1, the application for learners licence form, which is available at the DLTC. If the applicant is at least 65 years, you need to completely fill the medical certificate form (MC) which is also available at the DLTC.
- You will be required to do eye test at the testing centre or have it done it for by a qualified Optometrist and the report submitted.
- Before you write the learner’s licence, you are advised to learn about the road signs, motor vehicle controls and road rules. That will help you have basic knowledge of motor vehicles and road signs. Certainly some of the test items are from the these contents.
- At the time of the test, please come along with:
- booking receipt
- ID Document
- In case you pass the test, you will be required to pay for issue fee which will be determined by MEC of the Province where the DLTC is located.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question : How long does it take to receive the licence?
Answer: The licence is issued on the same day the test was conducted provided the applicant passed the test and the required fee is paid.
Question: How much does it cost?
Answer: The cost is available at the local DLTC Centre.
Question: What forms do I need to fill?
Answer: The Learner’s licence application form LL1 and Medical certificate forms (MC) for those who are 65 years or more. All these forms are available at the DLTC.
The following are the various centres you can contact
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Eastern Cape municipalities
- Free State municipalities
- Gauteng municipalities
- KwaZulu-Natal municipalities
- Limpopo municipalities
- Mpumalanga municipalities
- North West municipalities
- Northern Cape municipalities
- Western Cape municipalities