Convert a Foreign Driving Licence


You can convert your foreign driving licence to a South African (SA) one:

  • If you obtained permanent SA residency.
  • If you obtained a foreign driving licence while living abroad.

You have to convert your foreign driving licence within five years from obtaining your permanent residency or resuming your residency. This is according to the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 of South Africa.


You need the following documents to convert your foreign driving licence to a South African one:

  • Passport.
  • Foreign Driving Licence.
  • Confirmation Letter.
  • SA Identity Document (ID).
  • Traffic Register Number Certificate or Foreign Identity Document if you do not have a South African ID.
  • Permanent Residency Certificate (if applicable)

You can apply for permission to convert a foreign driving licence at the Department of Transport and Public Works’ Driving Licence Helpdesk.

Contact Details

Street Address:  Walk-in Centre, c/o Dorp and Loop Street, Cape Town 8000


  • 021 483 0520
  • 021 483 6401
  • 021 483 2469
  • 021 483 2080
  • 021 483 2078

Twitter: @WCGovTPW

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Government Body: (Western Cape Government)


R45 to obtain a temporary driving licence

The content on this page was last updated on 24 August 2018