What do I do if I lost my drivers license in South Africa?

If you have lost your driver’s license in South Africa, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Report the loss: Contact your local South African Police Service (SAPS) station to report the loss of your driver’s license. This step is important as it helps protect you against any potential misuse of your lost license.
  2. Obtain an affidavit: Visit your nearest SAPS station and request an affidavit confirming the loss of your driver’s license. Provide them with any relevant details, such as the date and location where you believe you lost it.
  3. Visit the licensing department: Locate the nearest South African licensing department or testing center. Bring your affidavit, proof of identity (such as your South African ID card or passport), and any other supporting documents they may require.
  4. Apply for a replacement license: Fill out the necessary forms to apply for a replacement driver’s license. You may need to provide personal details, the circumstances of the loss, and pay a fee for the replacement. The licensing department will provide you with specific instructions and requirements.
  5. Complete the required tests: Depending on the circumstances and the licensing department’s policies, you may need to retake certain tests, such as a vision test or written exam. They will inform you about any additional requirements during the application process.
  6. Wait for processing: After submitting your application and fulfilling any necessary requirements, you will need to wait for the replacement license to be processed. The duration can vary, so it’s best to inquire about the estimated waiting time.
  7. Collect your replacement license: Once your replacement driver’s license is ready, return to the licensing department to collect it. You will typically need to provide proof of identification again to receive your new license.

Remember to keep your replacement license in a safe place to avoid losing it again.