Are you ready to get behind the wheel? | Western Cape Government

Are you ready to get behind the wheel?

(The Government of South Africa)

Getting a learner’s licence is the first step you need to take before you learn to drive. Here’s what you need to know.

Applying for the Test

You need to be at least 17 years old, to apply for a code B which will allow you to drive light vehicles or a code C learner's licence, which allows you to drive heavy vehicles.

To apply for a code A learner's licence, which allows you to drive a motorcycle with a cylinder capacity of not more than 125 cubic centimetres, you must at least be 16 years old.

When you apply to write the test, you'll need to take the following to your nearest Traffic Department:

  • your official South African identity document,
  • 2 ID-sized black and white or colour photographs (35mm x 45mm),
  • the appropriatte application fee, and 
  • a proof of address. 

Once you've submitted your form, you'll be given a date for your test. You can only cancel this date if you're:

  • Sick (you'll need to provide a medical certificate).
  • Attending a funeral (you'll need to provide a death certificate).
  • Writing exams (you'll have to provide a timetable).

The payment won't be refunded if you cancel your appointment. If you're not be able to make your test, make sure to cancel as this causes a backlog in the appointment system.

Preparing for Your Test

In order to pass your learner’s test you need to study and understand the rules of the road, road markings, road signs and the controls of a vehicle.

You can study in one or more of the following ways:

  • Study the K53 book, which you can buy or borrow from one our public libraries
  • When you're out and about, try to properly identify road markings and signs. Don’t be afraid to ask a driver to explain a rule or road sign.
  • Go over practice test papers and mock tests that are available online

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When you have made your appointment and received your test date, make sure you get to the venue on time.

Remember to take:

  • your appointment sheet,
  • your official identity document, and
  • the appropriate application fee.

Once you have your learner’s licence, you may drive the type of vehicle that your licence is valid for, but you need to have a licensed driver with you at all times. 

Your learner’s licence will be valid for 2 years.

Call or visit your local traffic department to get information about the application process or read more about applying for your learner’s licence

The content on this page was last updated on 19 September 2017