Replacing a damaged, lost or stolen driving licence card 

About replacing a damaged, lost or stolen driving licence card
If your driving licence card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a new one.

You will have to apply for a temporary driving licence at an additional cost while waiting for your driving licence card to be issued.

To get a replacement card, 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 license testing centre (DLTC).


What you should do

  1. Go to the nearest DLTC with the:
    • your identity document (ID) and a copy of the ID or a valid South African passport
    • two black-and-white ID photographs
    • application fee.
  2. Complete the Application for driving licence (DL1) form.
  3. You will be required to undergo an eye test. 
  4. Alternatively, the eye test can be done at an optometrist of your choice; the results should be brought to the DLTC.

How long does it take

  • Your new driving licence should be ready within four to six weeks.
  • A temporary driving licence is issued immediately.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licencing office for the cost.


Forms to complete

The Application for driving licence form (DL1) is available at any driving licence testing centre and on the eNatis website.


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