Applying for a driving instructor’s certificate | Western Cape Government

Applying for a driving instructor’s certificate

Driving InstructorDriving school instructors have the important task of training learner drivers. Therefore, by law, all instructors must be in possession of a valid instructor’s certificate issued by a Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC). An instructor’s certificate will specify the classes of vehicles that he or she is qualified to provide instruction in. It's not only unlawful to train learner drivers without such a certificate, but also to employ any person as an instructor or make use of his or her services as an instructor, without a valid instructor’s certificate. A learner driver should ask to see such certificate before lessons start .

To obtain an instructor's certificate, you are required to undergo a criminal record check, obtain a medical certificate and pass both a practical and a theoretical instructor's test.

The instructor’s certificate must be renewed on an annual basis.

How to apply:

To apply for an instructor's certificate, you need to apply at a DLTC by completing the relevant application form. The application must state which class(es) of motor vehicles you wish to register as an instructor for

The application must be accompanied by:

  • the appropriate fee 
  • 2 identical black and white identity photographs
  • a copy of your identity document and
  • a copy of your driving licence.

Licence feesIf the application is in order , you'll be required to:

  • undergo a criminal record check at the South African Police Service (SAPS).
  • obtain a medical certificate from a medical practitioner at your own cost. To this end a medical form (Form MC) can be obtained from the DLTC.

Completed forms will then be sent to the Department of Transport and Public Works for authorisation for you to be tested. You can then make an appointment at the DLTC to take the tests (practical and theory) in order to obtain a report on your competency to act as an instructor.

If you pass both tests, you'll receive your certificate upon payment of an amount of R33.

The certificate is valid for a period of 12 months after which it must be renewed annually following the same procedure.

All forms are available at the DLTC and this process can take between 6 to 8 weeks.


When you receive your certificate, you can register with the Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors (SAIDI).
Email:  or
Cell: 082 683 9292

You can also contact the Transport Administration and Licensing Helpdesk at 021 483 2080 / 2078 / 2469 or follow the Department of Transport and Public Works on twitter: @WCGovTPW.


R165 (application)  

R33 (issue of certificate)

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The content on this page was last updated on 9 July 2020