All You Need To Know About Obtaining Your Learner’s Licence & Driving Licence In South Africa.


Learning To Drive?
Here Are The Answers To Some Questions You May Have.

Learning to drive starts with obtaining your learner’s licence, a theory test completed at a DLTC. Your learner’s licence enables you to get behind the wheel and gather some valuable hours of practical experience on the road before you move on to obtaining your driving licence.

However, before you begin your journey on the road to obtaining your learner’s and driving licence, you may have questions – questions we are more than happy to answer.

Take a read through our frequently asked questions about driving, learner’s licence tests & bookings, driving lessons, and driving licence tests & bookings here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


Questions About Learning To Drive? Find The Answers Below!

A learner’s licence is a permit, valid for a period of 24 months, that is obtained after the completion of a hand-written or digital test at a registered test centre. It proves that you have the basic knowledge of the rules of the road. It is important to note that you must be at least 17 years old to apply for a code 8 (light motor vehicle) learner’s licence.

Once a date for the learner’s licence test has been booked via the online NaTIS system, a fee of R108 is payable upon the confirmation of the booking. This fee is payable directly to the relevant DLTC at which the booking was made. After the completion of the learner’s licence test, R60 is payable for the issuing of your learner’s licence provided you’ve passed. In the event that you failed the learner’s licence test, another booking will have to be made.

  1. Original ID.
  2. Copy of ID.
  3. Black pen.
  4. 2 x ID photo’s.
  5. Confirmation fee of R108.
  6. Eye test report – obtained from a registered optometrist.

The learner’s licence test consists of three sections.

Section 1: Road traffic signs, signals and markings.

Section 2: Rules of the road.

Section 3: Vehicle components and controls.  The aim of the learner’s licence test is to ensure that you, as a student, are comfortable and know the basics. 

You have a total of 60 minutes to complete the entire test which consists of three sections.

Firstly, congratulations on obtaining your learner’s licence, then contact Drive a Mile for driving lessons.

Yes! Only when you are in possession of a learner’s licence, can you legally drive the type of vehicle code your learner’s licence has been issued in, provided that you are accompanied by a licensed passenger.

It depends on the individual, their confidence, ability and willingness to learn.

Students with driving experience:

5-10 lessons are ideal for learners who are near test standard and just need a refresher course prior to the test.

Students with no to little driving experience.

On average it takes 15-20 lessons for a student who is inexperienced to be test ready.

Please keep in mind that driving lessons are not only about your child passing his/her driving licence test but is also an investment in your child’s safety. Our roads are dangerous, and we need to equip these young adults with the best possible skills to survive our roads.

A driving licence is an official document, issued after the completion of a practical examination, permitting the holder thereof to operate the vehicle for the code in which the driving licence was obtained.

Once an appointment has been made, a fee of R228 is payable upon the confirmation of the appointment. This fee is payable directly to the relevant DLTC at which the appointment was made. Provided you’ve passed the practical examination, R228 is payable for the issuing pf your driving licence card. This fee is payable to the relevant DLTC.

  1. Original ID.
  2. Copy of ID.
  3. Original learner’s licence.
  4. Copy of learner’s licence.
  5. 2 x ID photo’s.
  6. Black pen.
  7. Confirmation fee of R228.00.
  8. Eye test report – obtained from a registered optometrist.

Firstly, congratulations! After 4-6 weeks of passing your driving licence test you can go to the relevant DLTC at which you passed the practical examination for collection of your driving licence card. Please take a long your original ID as well as proof of payment, which was received when you paid the R228 after passing.

A pre-trip inspection of the vehicle’s roadworthiness. A yard test of your basic manoeuvring skills away from traffic.

  • Starting the engine.
  • Moving off.
  • Turning in the road, also known as the “three point turn”.
  • Alley docking: reversing into an alley and driving out again.
  • Parallel parking.
  • Stopping and moving off on an incline.


The road test is conducted on a public road and includes:

  • Obeying road traffic signs, traffic lights and traffic circles.
  • Changing lanes.
  • Overtaking.
  • Speed control.
  • Turning at intersections.
  • Proceeding through controlled and uncontrolled intersections.
  • An emergency stop.
  • Hand signals.

You have 20 minutes to conclude the pre-trip vehicle inspection and the yard test. Once you’ve passed the yard test, you will continue with the road test which will take between 20 – 45 minutes.