Provided that if the examiner for driving licences is of the opinion that the photographs showing the applicant with headgear are inadequate for identification purposes, he or she may refer the photographs to an official designated by the Director-General of the Provincial Administration concerned for his or her approval or disapproval;


(aA) if the official referred to in paragraph (a)(vii) does not grant approval of the photographs, by two photographs taken in the manner agreed to in writing by such official;

  • acceptable identification of the applicant;
  • in the case of an applicant who is 65 years of age or older, by the medical certificate on form MC as shown in Schedule 2, signed by a medical practitioner or occupational health practitioner, certifying that the applicant
     is not disqualified in terms of section 15(1)(f) or (g) of the Act from obtaining a learner's or driving licence; and
  • by the appropriate fee as determined by the MEC of the province concerned.

  • (2) If the applicant--

  • is on the day determined  for any reason whatsoever, not examined and tested; and
  • is unable to satisfy the driving licence testing centre concerned that the reason for his or her not having been examined and tested is due to circumstances beyond his or her control,
  • the applicant shall again pay the fee referred to in subregulation (1)(d) if the driving licence testing centre determines another day and time on which the applicant shall present himself or herself to be examined and tested.

    (3) An application for a learner's licence shall be made to the department of State where the applicant is employed.

    Manner in and contents on which applicant for learner's licence to be tested and examined

    (1) An applicant for a learner's licence shall be examined and tested by an examiner for driving licences.

    (2) The examiner for driving licences shall satisfy himself or herself that the applicant--

  • knows and understands--
  • i. the rules of the road;

    ii. the road traffic signs; and

    iii. the controls of a motor vehicle of the class to which the application relates;

    before issuing a learner's licence.


    (3) The procedure to be followed by the examiner for driving licences in complying with subregulation (2) shall include the completion by the applicant of the

    "Theory Test for Learner drivers", of the Corporation as published by the chief executive officer.


    Once the approved learner’s licence test was passed, your learner’s licence will be valid for a period of 24 months from the day of the test.


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        Manner of application for learner's licence

    An application shall be made by the applicant at a driving licence testing centre on form LL1 as shown in Schedule 2, and shall be accompanied--

  • by two identical black and white or colour photographs of the applicant which--

  • i. shall have been recently taken;

    ii. shall be clear cut and without shadows;

    iii. shall be 40 millimetres in length and 30 millimetres in width;

    iv. shall depict only the head and shoulders of the applicant;

    v. shall show the applicant's full face;

    vi. shall, subject to item (vii), show the applicant without headgear;

    vii. may, if the applicant wears headgear required by a religion of which he or she is a bona fide member, show the applicant with such headgear:



    Issue of learner's licence

    (1) A learner's licence shall be issued on form LL2 as shown in Schedule 2, and the examiner for driving licences or a person authorised to do so shall, upon payment of the applicable fee as determined by the MEC of the province concerned--

  • complete the learner's licence, on which the date of birth of the holder shall be reflected;
  • endorse the learner's licence accordingly in the case where--
  • i. the applicant is found to be competent to drive with the aid of glasses or contact lenses, an artificial limb or other physical aid;

    ii. the applicant is a physically disabled person who has to drive a vehicle adapted for physically disabled persons, or a vehicle adapted specifically for that physically disabled applicant;

  • ensure that the applicant signs the learner's licence;
  • affix one photograph to the learner's licence and one photograph to the carbon copy, or to the application form if the learner's licence was printed by the computerised register;
  • affix one lamination strip to the learner's licence and another to the carbon copy, or to the application form, if applicable, to cover the photograph, personal particulars and the code of the learner's licence of the holder;
  • issue the learner's licence; and
  • retain the application form and, if not printed by the computerised register, the carbon copy of the learner's licence for record purposes.

    If such person is addicted to the use of any drug having a narcotic effect or the excessive use of intoxicating liquor and ;

    (2) during any period in respect of which he or she has been declared by a competent court or authority to be disqualified from obtaining or holding a licence to drive a motor vehicle, while such disqualification remains in force;

    (3) where a licence to drive a motor vehicle held by him or her has been suspended by a competent court or authority, while such suspension remains in force;

    (4) where a licence to drive a motor vehicle held by him or her has been cancelled by a competent court or authority, for such period as he or she may not apply for a licence;

    (5) if such licence relates to a class of motor vehicle which he or she may already drive under a licence held by him or her;

    (6) If suffering from one of the following diseases or disabilities:

    (7) uncontrolled epilepsy; Version Draft Copyright © 2012 by SA Department Transport 1 2 June 2012

    (8) sudden attacks of disabling giddiness or fainting due to hypertension or any other cause;

    (9) any form of mental illness to such an extent that it is necessary that he or she be detained, supervised, controlled and treated as a patient in terms of the Mental Health Act, 1973 (Act No. 18 of 1973);

    (10) any condition causing muscular in coordination;

    (11) uncontrolled diabetes mellitus;

    (12) defective vision ascertained in accordance with a prescribed standard;

    (13) any other disease or physical defect which is likely to render him or her incapable of effectively driving and controlling a motor vehicle of the class to which such licence relates without endangering the safety of the public: Provided that deafness shall not of itself be deemed to be such a defect.
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