South African Drivers License -How to apply and renew

South African Drivers License how to apply and renew.



Kindly note the following before reading this notice:

  • Your South African driving licence card is your valid proof that you have a South African Driving Licence. When your driving licence card has expired, it does not mean that your driving licence has expired. Only your valid proof of such a licence has expired.
  • The process to follow in the case where a Driving Licence Card is lost or stolen is the same as for the renewal of a Driving Licence Card that is about to expire/has expired.

Renewal of Driving Licence Card for applicants who reside outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa:

Applicants should note that a Driving Licence Card cannot be renewed without the applicant applying in person as new fingerprints, photographs, signature and an eye test needs to be submitted.

Applicants planning to visit the Country are permitted to renew their licences, however, should they not be in the Country at the time of delivery, are entitled to nominate a relative or other person to collect the licence on their behalf. Such applicants must follow the procedure as referred to in Section 1 and ensure that:

  • The Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) is to be notified by the applicant when he/she goes to renew the card, that a person whom they have nominated will collect the licence in accordance of section 1.3 above.

It takes approximately six weeks for the Driving Licence Card to be delivered to the DLTC. Applicants can therefore apply for a Temporary Driving Licence and submit this together with their application for a renewal, to enable them to drive, until the card is delivered.

Applicants outside the borders of the RSA who’s Driving Licence Cards have expired or were lost / stolen and who are not in a position to return to the RSA to have the licence renewed:

The RTMC is in a position to issue a confirmation letter should such applicant have a valid licence, this will be established on the National Traffic Information System. The letter will serve as proof that the applicant has a valid licence and this will enable them to convert to a foreign driving licence in the country of current residence.

Please note that the confirmation letter cannot be interpreted as a driving licence when produced to a law enforcement official.

The process for requesting confirmation letter is a follows:

Request the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) via email: for a print out and Confirmation Letter for your driving licence. Your request must include:

  • your contact numbers (including email address)
  • a copy of your ID
  • or a copy of your driving licence


The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) will upon request, investigate, print the copy of the licence required and a Letter of Confirmation of the licence. This letter reflects the date that the licence was first issued.

Kindly note that the person collecting the letter must provide acceptable identification and may also arrange for a courier to collect.


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Location and Contacts

RTMC NaTIS facility: 13 Howick Close, Waterfall Office Park, Bekker Road, Midrand

Telephone: +27 11 266 2000

Fax: +28 86 415 9120



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