Renew your driver's licence 

About renewing your drivers' licence
You must renew your driving licence card 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 driving licence to be issued.

Note: To renew your licence, you will not be required to take a driving licence examination, but you will undergo eye testing and your fingerprints will be taken. Alternatively, you can have your eyes tested by an optometrist and submit the form 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.


What you should do

  1. Go to your nearest DLTC with the following:
    • identity document (ID) and a copy of your ID, old driving licence card or valid South African passport
    • four black-and-white ID photographs (before you have photographs taken confirm with the DLTC how many photos they require))
    • prescribed application fee.
  2. Complete form DL1: Application for renewal of driving licence card.
  3. You will do an eye test or you can do it at an optometrist of your choice and take your results to the DLTC.

How long does it take

Your new driving licence will be ready in four to six weeks.


How much does it cost

Contact your local licencing office to find out the cost.


Forms to complete

Application for renewal of driver’s licence (DL1). The form is available at the driving licence testing centre.

Who to contact

  1. City of Johannesburg
  2. City of Tshwane
  3. City of Cape Town
  4. Buffalo City
  5. Nelson Mandela Bay

Provincial departments of transport

  1. Eastern Cape
  2. Free State
  3. Gauteng
  4. KwaZulu-Natal
  5. Limpopo
  6. Mpumalanga
  7. Northern Cape
  8. North West
  9. Western Cape



Last modified
10 Sep 2014