How to Apply for a Driver’s Licence | Western Cape Government

How to Apply for a Driver’s Licence

Getting a driver's licence is necessary if you want to get behind the wheel legally. Here's what you'll need to do to apply for or renew your driver's licence.

Before you apply


  • Ensure that you're 18 years and older and have a valid learner’s licence.
  • Have your eyes tested at an optometrist or at the driving licence testing centre on the day you make your appointment.
  • Make sure you have 2 identical black and white photographs measuring 45mm x 35mm.
  • Make sure your face is clearly visible and that the background is clear with no shadows.
  • If your religion specifies that you cover your hair, you may do so, but your face must not be covered.
  • Your picture should be printed on photographic paper.
  • Ask a professional photographer to take your picture so that you get the best quality.

Where to apply

You can apply at your nearest driving licence testing centre

When you apply

  • Bring your ID, 2 x photographs and your valid learner’s licence to make your appointment.
  • You'll need to complete the DL1 form provided by the traffic department.
  • Bring a pen to complete your forms.

How much does it cost?

The cost of application is determined by the type of driver's licence you are applying for:

Heavy Motor Vehicle


  • Application: R200
  • Card Issue: R140

Light Motor Vehicle

  • Application: R135
  • Card Issue: R140


  • Application: R135
  • Card Issue: R140

A temporary driving licence costs R45.

Passing your licence

Once you've applied for your driver’s licence,  you'll need to get driving lessons to prepare for your test. You'll also need to understand the rules of the road and traffic signs, and demonstrate your ability to drive a vehicle. Once you're ready to take the test, the traffic officer will test your knowledge and skills to determine whether you’re ready to get on the road.

Collecting your licence

When you pass your test, you'll receive a temporary licence. A few weeks later you'll receive a letter to notify you to collect your driver's licence card. If you can't fetch your driver's licence, you can send someone else to get it for you. They'll need:

  • A certified copy of their ID.
  • A certified copy of your ID.
  • An affidavit stating why you can't collect the licence yourself.

Renewing your licence


You'll need to renew your driver’s licence at the traffic department every 5 years. To do this, you'll need:

  • To complete the DL1 application form.
  • Your current driving licence card.
  • Your ID.
  • One black and white or colour ID photograph if you're renewing your licence before the expiry date of your current licence or 2 photographs if you're renewing your licence after the expiry date.
  • To have your fingerprints taken.
  • To undergo an eye test.

You are not required to undergo a driver's test again.

Please note: If you're not in the country, you'll only be able to renew your licence when you return.

How much does it cost?

Driver’s licence renewals cost R140, and it will cost you an extra R45 if you need a temporary licence.

Important notice!

Motorists must verify all personal and address particulars with any motor vehicle or driving licence transaction from 1 November 2015.

This follows the promulgation of regulation 32A of the National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR) on 31 October 2014.

What this means, is that any person or body of persons (companies or organisations) must submit proof of full names, ID or business number and residential and postal address, before any registering authority can issue a motor vehicle licence disc or operator card.

New verification requirements

The content on this page was last updated on 22 January 2016