Register as driving instructor

About
What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact

 

 

About registering as a driving instructor

To become a legally recognised driving instructor in South Africa, you must be registered with the provincial department of transport. Driving instructors are required to have a certificate specifying the grade or the class of vehicle in which they are qualified to instruct learners.

Instructors are graded as follows:

  • Grade A - instructor is competent to train a person for a driving licence of any code and such instructor holds a code EC driving licence for a manual transmission and a code A driving licence;
  • Grade B - instructor is competent to train a person for a driving licence of the code B, C1, C, EB, EC1 and EC, and such instructor holds a code EC driving licence for a manual transmission;
  • Grade C - instructor is competent to train a person for a driving licence of the code A1, A and B, and such instructor holds a code EB driving licence for a manual transmission and a code A driving licence;
  • Grade D - instructor is competent to train a person for a driving licence of the code B, and such instructor holds a code EB driving licence for a manual transmission; or
  • Grade L - instructor is competent to train a person for a learner’s licence of any code.

To apply, go to any driving licence testing centre (DLTC) where you will be given a date to write a training test. If you pass the test, you will be given a certificate indicating the vehicle class or classes in which you are authorised to instruct learners.

You will deal only with the class of motor vehicles for which you are licensed. The instructor’s certificate is valid for one year.

What you should do

  1. Go to the nearest driving licence testing centre with your medical certificate form (MC) to book a test date.
  2. Complete an Application for registration as a driving instructor form (RI).
  3. You will be referred to a police station to obtain a clearance certificate.
  4. On the date given for the test, you will write the test. If you pass, you must pay the prescribed fee.
  5. The testing centre will refer your application to the Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) of the province for approval or rejection. If approved, the testing centre will issue the permit.

How long does it take
The permit may be ready in six to eight weeks.

How much does it cost
Contact your local licensing office for the cost.

Forms to complete

  • Application for registration as driving instructor (RI)
  • Medical certificate  (MC)

The forms are available at any driving licence testing centres or  on the eNatis website.