Learning how to drive a car is becoming increasingly necessary in South Africa and the first step is often making a learner’s licence booking online.
This is because to obtain a driver’s licence, you first of all need to obtain a learner’s licence, which involves taking and passing a test on road rules and signs.
The licence is valid for 24 months and cannot be extended. It allows the holder to drive a car under the supervision of a fully licensed driver.
Learner’s licence codes in South Africa
There are three main learner’s licence codes in South Africa as listed below:
This code is for a motorcycle with or without a sidecar, motor tricycle or quadricycle. You must 16 years or older on the date of the test to apply if the motorcycle’s engine does not exceed 125cc and 18 years or older if it exceeds 125cc.
Code 2 is for a motor vehicle, including a minibus, bus or goods vehicle, with a gross vehicle mass not exceeding 3,500kg. You must be 17 years or older on the date of the test to apply.
This code is for a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3,500kg. You must be 18 years or older on the date of the test in to apply.
Learner’s licence booking online
To request a learner’s licence booking online, you need to visit the National Traffic Information System (eNatis) website here and choose your province.
Next, click “Book now for Learner’s licence test.” On the page that loads, select between “single test” and “combination test.” You also need to choose your preferred licence type i.e. code 1, 2 or 3, and provide your name, surname and ID number.
Once you have completed all the required fields, click “Next” to proceed and complete your online booking.
When you visit the Driving Licence Testing Centre on your confirmed date, you need to bring along the following documents:
- Your identity document.
- Two ID-sized black and white or colour photographs (35mm x 45mm).
- The learner’s licence fee.
- Proof of address (not older than three months).
Learner’s licence booking fee 2022
The learner’s licence booking fee 2022 varies from province to province and needs to be paid within three days of making the booking. According to the Gauteng provincial government’s website, it costs R108 while the licence issue fee (if you pass the test) costs R60.
In the Western Cape, it will cost you R68 to make a booking while the issue fee is R33. In general, the booking and issue fees range from R50 to around R200 in the rest of the provinces.