Can you drive with a temporary drivers licence?

Yes, in South Africa, you can drive with a temporary driver’s license. A temporary driver’s license is issued to individuals who have successfully completed the learner’s license test and are awaiting the processing and issuance of their permanent driver’s license.

The temporary driver’s license allows you to legally drive a motor vehicle during the interim period while you wait for your permanent driver’s license to be processed and issued. It serves as a temporary authorization to drive, and it is valid for a specific period, typically three to six months.

It’s important to note that while driving with a temporary driver’s license, you are required to adhere to all the conditions and restrictions stated on the temporary license. This may include being accompanied by a licensed driver, displaying the temporary license in the vehicle, or adhering to specific driving hours.

Once your permanent driver’s license is ready for collection, you should visit the licensing department or testing center to receive it. At that point, you should no longer use the temporary license for driving.

It’s always advisable to review the specific conditions and guidelines provided with your temporary driver’s license and to comply with all the rules of the road while driving. If you have any doubts or questions, it’s recommended to contact your local licensing department or the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) for accurate and up-to-date information regarding temporary driver’s licenses in South Africa.