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If this is the first time you will get your driving license, it may seem a bit overwhelming. But take heart. All you need to do is follow everything step by step, and before you know it, you’ve got your license.1The whole point of the test is not to make life difficult for you but to make sure you can drive properly and know the road rules. Then you won't endanger yourself and other motorists. Before booking for your driving license test, you need to do the following.
You can't book your driving license test without first obtaining a learner’s license. To get this license, you need to make a booking at a driving licensing testing centre (DLTC), where you must pass a theoretical test. To prepare for this test, you need to become familiar with all the road rules and understand what a K53 defensive driving system is. You need to know all the car controls, such as the gears, steering wheel, and footbrake, amongst other things. Finally, you need to know what each road sign means and the various road markings.
After obtaining your learner’s license, it’s time to hit the road, where you learn how to drive under the supervision of a licensed person. Practice makes perfect, they say. After a while, you start to feel confident to work all the car's controls and practically understand the rules of the road. Your learner’s license lasts 24 months, so there is plenty of time to learn how to drive.
Book a few lessons with a qualified instructor at a driving school, who will show you all you need to know for the test drive and warn you of any pitfalls.When you feel you are ready to go for the driving license test, it’s time to make a booking by taking the following steps.
To book your test date, you must visit the nearest DLTC, with the following documents. Bring your learner’s license, ID document and four identical black-and-white photographs. Make sure from the DLTC that four photographs are the correct number. Complete the online ‘Application for Driving License form’ (DL1), and provide proof of your postal and residential address, such as a municipal electricity account. The booking fee is about R220 – R300 but confirm with the DLTC. It's essential to keep the receipt as proof of payment and as a confirmation of the test date and time.
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