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Getting a Driver's License in South Africa

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Here's a primer on how to get your driver's license in South Africa.

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Sometimes when you're new to a country a task like getting your driver's license can make you feel like you're 16 years old again trying to pass your driver's test. Here's an overview of the process of getting your driver's license in South Africa.

Foreigners who wish to drive in South Africa must meet certain requirements. Firstly, they must have a valid international driver's permit (IDP) along with their domestic driving license. The IDP should be translated into English and have a photograph and signature of the holder. Secondly, the driving license must be printed in English. If it is not, it should be accompanied by a certified translation. Thirdly, the driving license must have a photograph and signature of the holder.

It's important to note that these requirements apply throughout South Africa, regardless of the city, state, or region. South Africa has a uniform set of driving regulations that apply nationwide. However, road conditions and driving customs can vary from place to place, so it's important for foreigners to familiarize themselves with local driving conditions and rules.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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