Applying for a professional driving permit
A professional driving permit (PrDP) is needed to drive public transport and heavy duty vehicles, for example taxis, buses and breakdown vehicles. There are some exceptions though, as you won’t need a PrDP to drive a hearse or a tractor.
Before it was called a PrDP, a professional driving permit was originally called a public drivers permit (PDP) which was issued to drivers before 1998.
If you drive any of these vehicles, you’ll need a valid professional driving permit:
If you own the motor vehicle for which a professional driving permit is required, you may not let another person drive that vehicle on a public road. But if the other person has a professional driving permit of the appropriate category, you can let them drive.
You can only get a professional driving permit if:
Your professional driving permit may be suspended or cancelled if you become medically unfit or if you’re convicted of driving under the influence, of reckless or negligent driving, or of a criminal offence.
You’ll need the following to apply for a PrDP:
For more information, contact the Transport Administration and Licensing helpdesk at Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.
In order to apply for a PrDP you’ll need to go to a driving licence testing centre and:
Once the application has been processed, your fingerprints will be taken and your driver’s licence card showing the professional driving permit will be ordered.
You’ll be informed once the card is ready for collection. You must have identification on you to collect the card. Any cards not collected within 120 days are destroyed.
You can apply for a PrDP at a driving licence testing centre near you.
The expiry date of the permit will be printed on the front part of the card, and when it expires you’ll need to apply for a new one in the same way that you applied for your first rPDP.
You can find out about PrDPs by contacting a vehicle testing centre near you, or the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works:
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government)|