You need to have your own driving licence to be able to legally drive in South Africa.
Having your own permit in South Africa will give you the freedom to be able to move around freely without having to depend on someone else to drive you around.
Each category of vehicle requires a different permit.
Categories Of Driving Licence In South Africa
This category is for a motorcycle (with or without a sidecar) with an engine capacity not exceeding 125cc.
To apply for this licence you should be 17 years or older on the date of your driving test.
This category is also for a motorcycle (with or without a sidecar) but with an engine capacity exceeding 125cc.
To apply for this licence you should be 18 years and older on the date of your driving test.
This is a licence for a motor vehicle, bus, minibus and goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass up to 3500kg (a trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached).
You will need to be 18 years or older to apply for a licence in this category.
This category is for a motor vehicle, minibus, bus and goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass between 3500kg and 16000kg (a trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached).
You have to be 18 years old to apply for a licence under this category.
This category is for a motor vehicle, minibus, bus and goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass more than 16000kg (a trailer with GVM of 750 kg or less may be attached).
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- Articulated heavy motor vehicle (vehicle with a trailer[s]) with a gross combination mass between 3500kg and 16000kg.
- Combination of a motor vehicle with a tare between 3500kg and 16500kg, and a goods vehicle, bus or minibus with a gross vehicle mass not more than 3500kg and 16500kg.
You need to be 18 years old to apply for a driving licence in either of these two categories.
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This category is for articulated heavy motor vehicles (vehicles drawing a trailer[s]) with a gross combined mass more than 16000kg, or a combination of a goods vehicle or bus exceeding a gross vehicle mass of 16000kg.
These are the various types of permits you can apply for in South Africa. You will need to apply at the nearest driving licence test centre (DLTC).
You will have to produce the following documents:
- Your ID (identity document)
- 4 black and white photographs (you will need to confirm with your local DLTC how many photographs are required)
- Completed application for driving licence (form DL1)
- Booking fee
You need to be 18 years old to apply in either of these two categories.
Learners Licence Road Signs & Markings Overview
One section of the learners test consists of questions on road signs, traffic signals and road markings, a complete understanding of these is required to pass your K53 learners licence test.
Once that is done, you can focus on your driving licence.
These signs enhance road safety and knowing the purpose of these signs, signals and markings will enable you respond to them correctly when driving.
- Give instructions to road users to manage the flow of traffic
- Inform motorists about road conditions
- Give clear directions about destinations and routes
- Signals given by people or lights
- Signs mounted on poles next to the road or on overhead structures
- Markings painted on the road surface
- Warning Signs – warn of potential danger on the road. These triangular signs are white with a red border and a black word or symbol painted on it. When a warning sign is alongside the road, you need to reduce speed and proceed with caution.
- Regulatory Signs – These signs are used to control the flow of traffic; such as a stop sign. It is an offence to ignore these signs and you are liable for a fine you disobey them.
- Road Surface Markings – These are signs painted on the road surface and are classified into warning, information, and regulatory signs; for example mandatory direction arrows and pedestrian crossings. They should be regarded as the same as signs on poles or overhead structures and be obeyed at all times.
- Information Signs – These are signs that provide information to motorists about the road ahead to help drivers to be able to plan and use the correct lane accordingly.
- Temporary Warning Signs – These signs are triangles with a red border and yellow background that are placed to warn road users of danger on the road.
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