Level 3: Traffic Department’s Learners, testing and renewals in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Level 3: Traffic Department
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A directive has been published by the South African Department of Transport allowing most services to resume from 1 June, services such as testing, learners’ driving schools, driving license centres and registration. Most motorists will now be able to renew the expired license disc.

You have a 90-day grace period to apply for a new licensing of the vehicle. Some regions may have limited services such as in Cape Town and Johannesburg.


Johannesburg licensing centres


In Joburg, licensing centres will gradually open and have resumed operation from 2 June. MVRA (Motor Vehicle Registering Authority ) and DLTC (Driver’s Licence Testing Centres) approved resumption of services that have met all the health measures in line with the current pandemic (COVID-19).

The centres allowed to resume service in Johannesburg are Sandton MVRA, DLTC and Mini Bulk; Roodepoort MVRA and Mini Bulk; Dube MVRA and Mini Bulk; and Wemmer Super Bulk.

The city indicated that new applications for learners or driving tests will be put on hold until full recovery.

“All new applications for learner’s or driving tests, including applications for duplicate learner’s licence will be put on hold until full recovery”

Renewal of drivers’ licences and PrDP (professional driving permits) will be prioritized. The approved centres will operate during the following hours.

  • During the week (between 8h30 and 15h00)
  • Weekends (Between 8h30 and 14h00)

The city has noted that only clients who have made an online booking for the renewal of the PrDP and Driver’s licence renewal will be served.


Cape Town licensing centres


The City of Cape Town will resume the DLTC and MVL service on 9 June. There are health measures and safety regulations that must be adhered to for services to resume. The 90-day grace period also applies in the City of Cape Town.

The 90 Day Grace Period applies to:

  • Learners’ licenses
  • Temporary Permits
  • PrDPs
  • Disc renewal and applications
  • Driving license renewal and new application

Traffic Department Nationally


Most traffic departments will resume in the month of June and the exact date is not yet clear. The Overstrand stated that ‘the National Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, announced that licensing and testing centres will open during June 2020. The exact date of the opening has not been announced.’

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