Renewing your driver’s licence? Here’s how to take the hassle out of it


Jade Poole from I Write Words


Every 5 years you dread having to renew your licence, that’s why we have put together the ultimate guide to getting it done right and getting it done quickly

The best part about having a driver's licence is the freedom and independence that comes with it. The worst part is having to renew it every 5 years.

Just the thought of having to do it seems like an admin nightmare full of long queues, paperwork and hours of effort and waiting around.

But, the point of the matter is that you have to do it.

Driving around with an expired driver’s licence is as bad as driving around without one at all, not to mention that if you have car insurance (which you should really have), your insurer will not cover you for the costs of an accident if your licence is not valid.

But fear not our fine-driving friends, we have put together the ultimate list of hacks (thanks to our friends over at Wheels24) to make sure your next licence renewal is hassle-free!

Some things to keep in mind

Set a reminder

Check to see when your licence is expiring and set a reminder in your phone or diary to alert you to get a new one at least a month before it expires.

Book online (Hooray!)

Thanks to recent updates, you can now book to renew your licence online at The National Traffic Information System.

Here’s how it works:

Click on the link above and enter your details.

Complete the notification of change of address or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form.

Confirm which type of ID document you will be bringing with you and then you can book a day to perform the required tasks.

Select a day and time that suit you (and that that DLTC have free, otherwise try another centre).

Your booking will then be confirmed.

Say cheese

Pop into your local printing shop or photo store and ask them if they do ID photos. You will need to take the required photos with you before you go to the Licence Centre.

You won’t have to take another driving test! Phew!

Regular licence renewal does not require you to take another driving test.

And you also won’t have to pay a fine if you are late for renewing your licence, but you will if the cops catch you driving with an expired licence!

Here’s what you need if your licence is expiring soon but is still valid:

●     Your SA ID book or passport

●     Your valid driver’s licence card

●     A copy of your ID document

●     Four black-and-white ID photographs

●     Proof of residence (a utility bill works great!)

●     Renewal fee - you will need cash for this!

Here’s what you need if your licence has already expired:

●     All the docs listed above AND

●     Four black-and-white ID photographs

●     Renewal fee and temporary licence fee in cash

Here’s what you need if your licence is lost or stolen:

●     Four black-and-white ID photographs

●     An affidavit from your local police station stating it was stolen or lost

●     Replacement fee and temporary licence fee in cash

How to apply for your licence at the licence centre:

First things first, you will need to walk to the Enquiries desk and ask a staff member for a DL1 application form. Fill this form in - it might be a good idea to take a pen with you in case they do not have one there.

Then, you will need to join the queue in the waiting room for you to have an eye test done.


If you like, you can also visit your optometrist for him or her to test your eyes, you will then be given a certificate which you will need to bring with you to the licence centre.

If you pass the eye test, then someone will help you scan your fingerprints and put these on the system. If your eyesight has gotten worse over the years and you now wear glasses, then certain conditions might apply.

You will then pay the final amount - don’t forget to bring cash as NO cards are accepted.

Head’s up - it takes about 6 to 8 weeks for your renewal to be processed. You will then get an SMS or email informing you that you can collect your licence from the centre. If you have not heard anything back after 8 weeks, then phone the centre to find out why.

If someone is collecting your licence for you then they will need:

●      Copy of your ID

●     Certified copy of their ID

●     Affidavit giving them permission to collect this

And finally, make sure you have car insurance to cover you for the expected, unexpected and everything in between. Getting in an accident can cost a lot of money, don’t go into debt because you weren’t insured.

Yours in uncomplicated car insurance,


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