A driver’s licence is valid for five years before it has to be renewed. On the licence card, the date of expiry will show below your licence number. According to the South African government, licences must be renewed four weeks before the printed expiry date.
The government requires that drivers apply for a new license card four weeks before the expiry date. Drivers who miss the deadline, will not be legally allowed to drive and run the risk of having their Car Insurance claim denied if their car is involved in an accident. In this case, they must obtain a temporary driver’s licence at an additional cost while waiting for their official licence to be issued.
Making a booking online is free of charge, however, drivers must pay the applicable renewal fee. There’s an option to have the new license delivered via courier, which varies according to region. Drivers should take note that their driving skills won’t be re-evaluated when renewing their license; however, they must get their eyes tested and their fingerprints taken at the appointment centre. Another option is to go for an eye test at an optometrist and bring the report with them.
What are the challenges in this new system?
A lot of people will struggle to find an available testing centre within the timeline of their expiry date. The best way to handle this is to phone their helpline with your query 0861400800.