Your South African driving licence card needs to be renewed four weeks before its expiry date. If you renew it after the expiry date, you will have to apply for a temporary driving licence at an additional cost while waiting for your new driving licence to be issued.
The Automobile Association says that to apply for your new licence, you need to go to your nearest DLTC (Driving licence Testing Centre) with the following documentation:
- Your original identity document (ID) or valid South African passport, as well as a certified copy of same, and your old driving licence card
- Four black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require)
- Proof of residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit
- If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your residential address
- Prescribed application fee
You will undergo eye testing and your fingerprints will be taken. Alternatively, you can have your eyes tested by an optometrist and submit the report at the driving licence testing centre (DLTC). If your sight has worsened from the date on which your licence was issued, new conditions will be attached to your licence.
All Gauteng residents should apply online for the renewal, bookings can be done atonline.natis.gov.za, while a separate page also enables customers to download the required application forms.
Gauteng motorists can book for the renewal of a driver’s licence, or apply for a professional driving permit (PDP). Once you have completed your details and advised which type of ID documentation you will be providing, you can proceed to book a day to perform the task of applying for your licence. You can then select a time to book an appointment.
- For driver’s licence renewals, the site notes that drivers need to bring an eye test report from a registered Optometrist or Ophthalmologist on the day of your booking.
- Your new driving licence will be ready in four to six weeks.
- You can contact your local licensing office to find out the cost.