If you’ve been in search of how you can convert your foreign driving license in South Africa, then you’re at the right place.
A driving license is an official archive or document (mostly like credit cards) issued to an individual to warrant his ownership of any vehicle or to permit him to drive any vehicle without any form of query. It is illegal to call yourself a driver when you’ve not been officially issued a driving licence. Hence, every adult citizen is expected to possess a valid driving licence. For collections of driving licence, one must prove his identity by submitting a passport or a neutralization certificate.
The nature of driving licenses vary in different countries, and its application process also differs. The cost of a South African learner’s driving licence is peaked at R108 to R110 depending on the application processing time.
If you’ve been granted a South Africa permanent residence, you MUST convert your driving licence to a South African driving licence, and this must be within a year of receiving the permanent residence permit. This means if you relent efforts to convert it, it will remain invalid or not operational. You MUST also apply to convert your driving licence even if you’re not granted a residence permit, but only a diplomatic permit. However, if your licence is not in form of the official languages or lingua franca of South Africa, you will apply for a letter of translation of the licence by the administrative authority.
Note, your foreign licence will be considered for conversion if it adheres to the following criteria:
- Must carry your name, photo and signature.
- Must be accompanied by a validation letter obtained from a relevant embassy, and a translation in case it is not written in any South African languages.
- Must be translated to any of the South African official languages.
- Must be valid or operational.
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How to Convert A Foreign Driving Licence.
- Go to the driving licence testing centre (DLTC) in the province where you obtained your permanent residence, request for an exchange application form.
- Duly complete the application for a exchange of a driving licence form (DL1) at any driving licence testing centre.
- Duly complete NCP application form (person particulars form).
- You must submit the following:
- An acceptable identification as required by South African legislation (e.g. identity document (ID), temporary ID, valid South African passport, or foreign passport with permanent residence permit)
- Four black-and-white ID sized photographs
- Current foreign driving licence
- Proof of permanent residency in the Republic of South Africa
- Proof that you were not a permanent resident of South Africa at the time the foreign licence was issued (for example, you can produce a passport, permanent residence permit or visa)
- A letter of translation of the licence by a competent authority if the licence is not in one of the official languages of South Africa
- Confirmation from a driving licence issuing authority that you have a valid driving licence (stating the codes and relevant categories of vehicle that the person is permitted to drive) that has not been cancelled or suspended
- In case of an International Driving Permit (IDP), you must submit the driving licence on the authority of which the permit was issued
- Proof of residential address e.g. utility account. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit.
- If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your residential address
- The driving licence testing centre will issue the driving licence if it is approved that:
- You are the owner of the foreign driving licence
- You hand over your foreign driving licence or driving permit when you receive your South African licence.
You might not be required to undergo a driving licence examination but an eye test will be conducted on site before the exchange is finalised.
NOTE: The time-frame for exchanging the licence varies from one testing centre to another due to internal auditing processes.
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