South African Drivers License Renewal

What you need when renewing your South African drivers license

Last week I found out that my license expired in November so it was almost 3 months after the expiration date.

So I quickly went to the licensing station or department at Marlboro Gardens to renew my license.

There was no clear instructions or signs telling me what to do. So you sort of need to figure stuff out yourself as there isn’t really anyone to help you.

The documents and other stuff you need before you go:

  • Original ID Document.
  • Take a copy of your ID with you on an A4 paper. You need this and they don’t have a copier there.
  • Take a pen with you. They don’t have pens there.
  • Take 4 black and white ID photos with you. You need to get them before you go at any Kodak store or other photography shops. Sometimes they’ve got some dodgy guys sitting outside of the licensing station. They will only use 2 photos but take 4 just in case.
  • Take your glasses with you for the eye test.

What sections to fill in on the form

Fill in section A, B and C.

What does it cost?

For a code B license it costs R230. You will also need to get a temporary license which costs R70. So take about R400 with you just to be safe.

This article was written by Francois LaCock View Profile
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  1. Nelieta December 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Hi, thank you for the information. I live in Argentina and need to get mine done when I am in SA in Feb. Do you know what the current prices are?


  2. susy February 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks so much, so cool

  3. Y March 23, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Thanks so much!
    V V helpful

  4. Rene Vice March 28, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Dankie, dankie, dankie!

    Now I know the fee, do you need a certified ID copy?

    1. Francois March 28, 2015 at 8:19 am


      Dit is korrek. Jy kort n certified copy maar jy kan ‘soms’ een maak by die licensing department.

  5. Simone Khan May 4, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Last time I went, 2013, I didn’t need photos as the licensing department take a photo of you which goes straight to the computer

    1. Jason May 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      They staple the photo, to the place demarcated for photo, onto the DL1 application form.

  6. precious May 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    hi what i dont clearly understand is that are we suppouse to bring 4 photos n pls guys help with ths i want to knw how mch it cost for C1 pls help me,

  7. Jason May 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Just went to Randburg. You need to take along a passport type photo, certified copy of ID, existing license card and R228. If you require a temp license you will need an additional photo and R72, which will be sorted out at the cashiers. When you get there you fill in the DL1 form and head up stairs. You then sit in a queue for a while then go to another room. Then get your eyes tested, photo, fingerprints and signature taken digitally and then pay. When I arrived at 11:14 I was no 142 and when I left at 12:45 no 182 was about to go into the waiting room. Hopefully all the numbers were consecutive. :-) Cash only btw!

  8. Jax May 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Thank you……. information much appreciated.

  9. Naazim June 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Kindly advise me if I can apply for a renewal with my passport.

  10. Doctor June 24, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Tanx guys 4da in4

  11. Joesh June 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    my driver’s license expired june 2014
    what do I need to do to renew my card

  12. Alon July 1, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Thanks so much! I wish the municipal sites would have this info.
    R228 renewal and R72 temporary licence. 91/7/2015).
    Take a spare battery and a bucket of patience with you!

  13. Donovan July 6, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Is it possible to renew your license card before it expires, and how long does it take for your new card to arrive?

  14. chanel July 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    hi there! does anyone know the cost of getting your registration certificate? ive lost mine and it is no longer financed. I am the title holder.

    1. Sushi August 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I had lost mine as well, I called the bank that did the financing (absa) and had to pay about 350 Rand into an account they gave me then send proof payment along with my details via email. They posted the registration certificate to me within 7 days

  15. Thembs July 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you for the info, need to renew mine.

  16. Nick July 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Just been to Randburg License department for duplicate and temporary license . They do have a system but it does take time! Exactly @Jason said May13-2015. You can get your eyes tested at your opticians and get a paper to submit but does not really save much time as the eye test is about 2 minutes! Don’t forget it is cash only – I was there 11.35 to 13.05 Tuesday 21 July 2015. Take a book! Or start an interesting conversation!

  17. Nick July 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    SPEEDING FINES!? While waiting to pay the guy behind me mentioned that you will not get your license until you have paid your speeding fines – so check before you go – Fines are paid is in the building adjacent where you re-new your car license discs.

    1. House October 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

      @Nick is the story about the outstanding traffic fines true? Do they make you pay them?

      Because on the Arrive Alive website it says:
      “Licensing authorities MAY NOT withhold a licensing transaction because there are “outstanding traffic fines”. They may inform the alleged offender that they exist, but that’s about it.”

  18. Angela July 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I have just been to the Marionhill/Pinetown licence center to renew my drivers
    Open 7.45-14.30 week days
    I did not need photo’s, they have a camera there.
    They did not require a copy of my ID
    Process was fairly efficient, took just over an hour. Staff polite and friendly to everyone.
    Cost R250, if you need a temporary licence as well it’s an extra R90
    Apparently the process time is 8 weeks and you need to phone and see if it’s ready, NO sms sent
    If someone else is picking it up for you they will an affidavit from the police as well as both the drivers and the pick up persons ID’s
    You do need to take your old licence, ID book and a black pen to fill in the form and cash

  19. Duey Mohlala August 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Shot for this!!

  20. DJ Rautenbach September 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Guys, just read first before you reply, Francois clearly stated what is needed. Just take everything and extras. And stop asking stupid questions, its whats needed.

  21. Lerato October 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you very for the information. Interesting informative blog by the way.

  22. House October 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Roodepoort Scam!

    Be aware of the “dodgy guys” taking photos outside the Roodepoort station. I got scammed badly by them.
    I wanted to go and renew my drivers license during my lunch break. Being pressed for time, and not having photos with me, I thought I will just get it done at the station by the “dodgy guys sitting outside of the licensing station”…. I should have listened.

    You step into their booth and once the photos are done, they drop the line that they can get it done for you within 30 min, and you are out of there, no queues. Their fee, R550, includes all registration costs etc. Being in a hurry I thought great, this will save me some time and I agreed. You then hand them your photos, copy of ID, details necessary to complete the form and of course the cash. Then you wait in your car for a call to come for their guy on the inside for you to come do your fingerprints etc. So I waited 5 minutes and got a call from the guy inside. He then told me that I have outstanding fines (he knew the right amount) and that they could not go ahead unless I pay these fines, due to the ENATIS system blocking my renewal. But the sweetener is that if you pay the entire outstanding amount at once, that they will be able to give you 50% discount as they normally do if you pay within 30 days. He promised a pre and post fine statements in which you will be able to see that all your fines have been paid, proof of payment and a temporary licence… but you cannot come with as he is skipping the queue and the other people will get upset etc. Long story short, you never see your money again. You leave there empty handed, embarrassed and livid that you could have been so stupid and gullible to fall for such a scam just to save some time.

  23. simone November 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks guys this helps….is there any penalty fee your licence is like a few months expired. ..Please let me know

  24. Modise November 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you ke ya leboga

  25. Margot December 7, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Hi – just returned from attempting to get my drivers renewed in East London. I was told that they needed proof of address. It could be a mix-up as I see online that you need this only, if renewing a car licence. Can someone clear this up for me, as I have been out of the country until recently so have no proof of where I am staying. Thanks

  26. Ismail December 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Just got back from Marlboro 11:45 from 8am this morning. You need 2x photos and a copy of your id (no need to certify it) as well as your current drivers licence and original id. Fill out form DL1 (Link posted below). Go straight to queue to have eyes tested after which the same person will take your finger print, signature and another photo. Go to cashier to pay.

    1. Vice December 17, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Ismail with your info

    2. Alex January 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Did you need proof of residence as well?

  27. Shay December 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

    They have just implemented a new policy as of December 2015 – you now need your proof of residence as well!

  28. Ashley January 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Can I use the forms off ENATIS or must we use original forms from dept ?

  29. irene January 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hi there! I renewed mine last December and after 6 weeks of waiting when I went to collect my drivers license they told me it takes 8 weeks, now i’m worried because my drivers license will expire next week Friday

    1. Edward January 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Hey Francois.

      Thanks so much for this, helping people you might never even meet! Pretty hearty and awesome if you ask me…

      I also have a question: Do you know how much it costs to renew a license this year (2016)?

  30. Veronica Schute January 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    thanks for all the info and advice above this is great.
    Kind regards

  31. Karien January 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Does anyone know how it works at centurion.

  32. Jeanette January 27, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I have not had the courage to face the licencing dept and thus I am 2.5 years late. The penalty will be huge and I haven’t a clue how much money to take with me. Does anyone know it I will be able to pay by card or do they purely work on cash?

  33. Stephen January 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Just an update I renewed my drivers license at Sandton today (27 January 2016). The whole process took about 3.5 hours and the cost was R228. You can only pay by cash and if you need a temporary license you would need to pay extra.

    You do not need to show proof of address but you do need to take a copy of your ID along with your actual ID. The copy does not need to be certified. You will also need to take 2 black and white photos.

    1. Sheetal February 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Wow thats long, what time did you get there…are they done with the renovations?

  34. Kim February 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Thank you for the information Francois it is appreciated. Going today for a temp licence!

  35. Hanni Beyers February 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

    My license card was stolen along with my wallet a few months ago. So, I don’t have my existing license card to take with me or show them. How will this impact the process? Are you able to apply for a new license if you cannot produce the old one?

  36. Minky Goodbrand February 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    You also now need proof of residence.
    I went yesterday.

  37. Louis February 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Hi there. If anybody could assist I would appreciate it. I did my licence in Lydenburg and then moved to joburg 2 weeks my temp is about to expire . I can’t afford to go to lydenburg to pick it up my card. It’s about 500 km there and then 500 km back. So my question is whether I can renew my licence here in joburg if I haven’t picked it up in Lydenburg yet? Please advise.

  38. Dawie February 10, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hi, So today I went to renew my license at the Centurion Licenses offices, it expired 4 Jan 2016. It was said on this site and by many people that from December 2015 you need to have proof of residence. I sat in the queue for 3 hours and when it was my turn, I went for an eye test, fingerprints and they took the photo inside. I went to the cashier side and there I was waiting for my turn to pay. I went to the cashier and she took the DL1 application form and the two print outs from the eye test and thats it,she even asked would I like took take a temporary license as well, I took one just in case. I did not need the proof of residence maybe I was lucky.

    I took the following:

    Origian ID book, Copy of ID, 4x Black and white ID photo and R400.

    R228 for renewal
    R72 for Temp license.

    Now I have to wait 6-8 weeks for my license

    1. Dawie February 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      sorry ment original ID book

  39. debby February 16, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I have been twice to renew my license but I have an outstanding fine and they will not renew it until I go to Greenpoint or Bluedowns to sort it out, so in the meantime I am illegal :( as I do not have the R800 to pay the fine plus the R400 for the licence and temp licence.

  40. Jovis March 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Is it R400 or R300? R228 + R72 = R300

  41. Levern March 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I renewed my licence this morning at Parow licencing centre (Cape Town).
    Only needed 1 ID photo, old licence card and ID book. Cost was R140 for Code B. No copies of ID or proof of residence required. My licence expires tomorrow, but I was told that I do not need a temp licence, as my receipt is proof of renewal.

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