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Manner of application for driving licence
 

(1) An application for a driving licence shall be made by the applicant at a driving licence testing centre on form DL1 as shown in Schedule 2, and shall be accompanied by--

  • acceptable identification of the applicant;
  • every licence which authorises the applicant to drive a motor vehicle;
  • four photographs of the applicant, and
  • the appropriate fee as determined by the MEC of the province concerned.

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

    (3) (a) The holder of a driving licence issued by a department of State prior to 1 January 1993, mayapply for a driving licence in the manner referred to in subregulation (1), and the application shall further be accompanied by--

    i. the licence held by the applicant; and

    ii.an official letter from the department of State concerned--

    certifying that the licence held by the applicant is valid;

    indicating the equivalent category of the licence   and

    indicating any conditions and limitations applicable to the licence.

    Upon receipt of an application contemplated in paragraph (a), an examiner for driving licences shall, if he or she is satisfied that the documents referred to in paragraph (a)(i) and (ii) are valid and relate to the category of driving licence for which the applicant applied, issue a driving licence, but the licence which was issued by the department of State shall not be cancelled and shall be handed back to the applicant.

    (4) An application for a driving licence shall be made to the department of State where the applicant is employed.




    Manner and contents on which applicant for driving licence to be examined

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


    (2)
    The examiner for driving licences shall by observation, inquiry and practical test, satisfy himself or herself that the applicant--

    holds a learner's licence which authorises him or her to drive the class of motor vehicle to which his or her application relates; knows and understands the road traffic signs; has a sound knowledge of the rules of the road and the different signals which a driver of a motor vehicle is required to give when driving on a public road; is not subject to any disqualification referred to in section 15 of the Act read with regulation 102; and is generally capable of driving a motor vehicle of the class to which the application relates.
     

    (3) In the case where a person applies for a driving licence which authorises him or her to drive an articulated motor vehicle, or a combination of a motor vehicle and trailer, the practical test shall be conducted while the semi-trailer is attached to the truck-tractor, or the trailer is attached to the drawing vehicle, whichever the case may be.

    (4) For the purposes of subregulation

    (2) an applicant shall not be required to undergo a written test.

     



    Manner of issue of driving licence

    (1) An examiner for driving licences shall, upon receipt of the fee for the issuance of a driving licence as determined by the MEC of the province concerned, if such fee has not already been paid for the simultaneous issue of a driving licence with a different code, and if he or she is satisfied that the applicant shall be issued with a driving licence--

    Complete the authorisation to issue the driving licence on form DL1, as shown in Schedule 2 and record the authorisation on the register of driving licences; indicate in the authorisation referred to in paragraph (a) whether the driving licence card should reflect an endorsement; take an imprint of the left thumb and right thumb of the applicant on the image scanning sheet (form ISS) and the duplicate of it, and should the applicant not have a left or right thumb, an imprint of such fingers as specified on the ISS form, the identification of which shall be noted on the image scanning sheet; affix one photograph of the applicant to the image scanning sheet (form ISS) and one photograph to the duplicate thereof; ensure that the same bar code number appears on form ISS and the duplicate of it; ensure that the applicant signsform ISS and the duplicate of it; retain the duplicate of form ISS for record purposes; record the barcode number of the image scanning sheet (form ISS) on the application form submitted in terms of regulation (1) and on the register of driving licences; and order the driving licence card on which the driving licence appears from the Card Production Facility and send form ISS to that facility not later than two working days after the date of the authorisation referred to in paragraph (a).

    (1A) The driving licence testing centre shall pay over to the Card Production Facility such part of the fee, referred to in subregulation (1), payable in accordance with the agreement between that Facility and the Corporation, the amount of which shall be published by the chief executive officer by notice in the Gazette.



     (2) (a) On receipt of form ISS as shown in Schedule 2 and the order for the driving licence card, the Card Production Facility shall, if the image scanning sheet is accepted--

    i. personalise and produce the driving licence card on form DL3 as shown in Schedule 2; and

    ii. forward the driving licence card and notice NCD as shown in Schedule 2 to the driving licence testing centre concerned.

  • If the image scanning sheet is not accepted by the Card Production Facility, the applicant shall submit a further two photographs of himself or herself upon receipt of which the examiner for driving licences shall complete a new image scanning sheet.





  •  (3) On receipt of the driving licence card referred to in subregulation (2), the driving licence testing centre shall--

  • record the receipt of the driving licence card on which the driving licence appears in the register of driving licences;
  • notify the applicant on form NCD as shown in Schedule 2, to collect the driving licence card at the centre;
  • after presentation of the applicant's acceptable identification and the submission of every licence and professional driving permit held by the applicant, issue such driving licence card to the applicant;
  • if the applicant so requires, stamp and sign a copy of the previous licence, which is submitted with form NCD as shown in Schedule 2, so that it may be retained by the applicant as proof of the previous licence and the date of issue of it;
  • ensure that the applicant acknowledges receipt of the driving licence card on form DL1 as shown in Schedule 2; and
  • update the register of driving licences accordingly to reflect the issue of the driving licence card.




  •  Authorisation to allow person to receive driving licence card on behalf of another person

    (1) Notwithstanding regulation

  • if an applicant knows that he or she will be unable to receive the driving licence card in person at the driving licence testing centre--

  • i. the application shall be accompanied by--

    aa. certified copy of the identity document of the person who will receive the card on the applicant's behalf; and

    bbb. an affidavit made by the applicant stating the reason why he or she will be unable to receive the card in person, and the name and identification number of the person who will receive the card on his or her behalf; and

    ii. the person whose name and identification number appears on the affidavit shall receive the card on behalf of the applicant and shall present his or her identity document upon such receipt; or

  • if an applicant is unable to receive the card in person due to unforeseen circumstances, the person who receives the card on behalf of the applicant shall submit--
  • i. his or her identity document and a certified copy thereof;

    ii. a certified copy of the identity document of the applicant; and

    iii. an affidavit made by the applicant which contains an explanation of the unforeseen circumstances preventing him or her from receiving the card in person and the name and identification number of the person who will receive the card on his or her behalf.

    (2) The driving licence testing centre shall upon submission of the said documents issue the card to the said person.

     
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    A PERSON IS DISQUALIFIED FROM OBTAINING OR HOLDING A DRIVING LICENCE:

    (1)
    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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