How to get your Learners Licence
Step 1: Locate your nearest Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC):
Your Learners Licence can be obtained from your local Driving Licence Testing Centre. To find your nearest DLTC, try these links to lists of all the DLTCs in the various provinces. If you are having trouble finding your nearest licensing centre, your local driving instructor will probably be able to help you.
Once you locate your nearest driving licence testing centre, you you will need to visit there and to book a Learners Licence test. You will then need to return on the date booked to do the test.
Step 2: how do I book my Learners Licence test?
To book a Learners Licence test, you will need to bring with you:
- Your original South African identity document or temporary identity document.
- Two identical recent photographs, in either colour or in black and white (see our FAQ’s for my details).
- The booking fee (for more information, see Costs below).
- A form called an “LL1 form”. This form is available online here: http://www.enatis.com/ or from any DLTC nearest to you.
A completed form must be submitted, along with the rest of the required documents, when you visit the DLTC to book your test. Make sure that you complete the correct form; there is a different one for each category of vehicle (Form 01 is for any size of motorbike; form 02 is for light vehicles; form 03 is for heavy vehicles. (For more details about vehicle classification, see above).
- You will also have to complete an eye test. You can either do this at the DLTC when you arrive to book your Learners Licence test, or you may do it at any optometrist and take the form with you to the test centre to be approved.
Reminder: If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure to bring them with you to the DLTC for your eye test!
- What are the Costs of getting my Learners Licence?
When you visit your local DLTC to book your test for your Learners Licence, you will need to pay a booking fee. Make sure to put the receipt in a safe place! You will need to bring it with you when you return to take the test.
Once you pass the test, you will need to pay another fee for the Learners Licence itself. The cost of the booking fee and issue fee are not standardized, and they can vary greatly from one province to the next. Your driving instructor will be able to tell you about the fees at your local DLTC, but be aware that the fees are subject to change without prior notice. We recommend calling your DLTC to verify for yourself or coming with an extra amount prepared in advance.
From what we have gathered the Booking Fee varies from R85 – R165, and the Issue Fee for the actual Learners Licence varies from R35-R70.
- Our Tip: If you are late for your test for your Learners Licence, or forget your documents (see below), or if you fail the test, you will have to pay the booking fee again to book a new test. Therefore, make sure to allow plenty of time to arrive at the DLTC for your test, and it is worthwhile to wait until you feel confident that you know the material for the test before you book it.
Step 3: do the Learners Licence test?
The test for the Learners Licence is a multiple-choice theory test. It is not designed to trick you, only to check that you have the basic knowledge needed to become a safe driver. The Learners Licence test has three sections:
1. The rules of the road (30 questions);
2. The road traffic signs (30 questions);
3. The controls of a motor vehicle – depending on which type of licence you are applying for (8 questions).
To pass the test, you’ll need to get a passing mark in every section separately; it is not enough to just get an overall passing mark. To pass section 1 you’ll need to answer 22 questions correctly (74%); for section 2, 23 correct answers (77%); and for section 3 the pass mark is 6 correct answers (75%). The requirements for a passing mark do vary between the different DLTCs, so it is advisable to check with your local DLTC if you want to be certain.
What to bring to the Learners Licence Test:
When you go to the Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) for your Learners Licence test, remember to take your booking receipt that you received from your earlier visit to the DLTC book the test; your ID documentation; money for the issue fee; and don’t forget a pen or pencil!
- Our Tip: Bring something warm to wear (even in summer) seeing how there might be air-conditioning in the building. Bring something to eat or drink – we tend to do less well when we are distracted by hunger or thirst.
Step 4: And now that I’ve got my Learners Licence, what next?
Once you have your Learners Licence, it’s time to learn how to drive! You can find driving instructors by asking around for recommendations or on the Internet. or have a look at our list of instructors here or elsewhere online. You could also have your parents teach you how to drive, but bear in mind that they may not be familiar with the specific requirements of the K53 driving test. If you don’t take lessons from an instructor, it is recommended that you buy a book of the K53 driving instructions.
Your Learners Licence is your first step to becoming a legal and independent driver. While the process of tests and paperwork might seem daunting, don’t be put off. With the information provided above, you now know all you need to know about how, why, when and where to book, prepare for and obtain your Learners Licence.
Remember, the Learners Licence is there to help you and others like you to become a safe and reliable driver, to keep the roads of South Africa safe for us all.
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