What to do if my driving licence card is lost or stolen

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• If your driving licence was lost or stolen, you'll need to fill in a declaration of Lost Documents form.

• Learner or driving licence cards which expired between 26 March and 31 December 2020 have until 30 March 2022 to renew. 

• Remember, your driving licence never expires, only your card does.

• For more motoring stories, go to News24/wheels.


Several Wheels24 readers have lost or had their driving licence cards stolen during the lockdown. Here's how to go about getting a new card if you need to replace yours.

However, with that said, remember driving licences don't ever expire, only your card does. That means if your licence card expired its five-year validity status quite some time ago, you're only going to pay for a new licence card - and an additional temporary licence so you can drive around legally while you wait for your new card to arrive.

Remember, any learner or driver's licence card which expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 (and only these dates) have until 30 March 2022 to renew your lockdown expired driving licence card. 

How much does it cost to renew my expired driving licence?

The cost to renew your driving licence card is R140 in the Western Cape, but if your licence card has already expired, you'll need to pay R45 extra for a temporary licence, bringing it to a total of R185. This cost varies in different provinces, so check your local municipality website below. Renewing your driving licence in the Eastern Cape or Gauteng, and KZN costs over R200, excluding temporary licence fees. Read our licence cost article here.

So what do you need to do?

You will need to complete a Declaration of Lost Documents Form and a Driving Licence Application Form (DL1), found in the document downloads sections in your municipality website if your vehicle licence card is lost or stolen. The relevant municipality links are listed below for each province.


Alternatively, you can click on this link here and download the form which you will need to print.

You will also need to bring along your South African ID or valid RSA passport, Traffic Register Certificate, or a valid foreign ID, as well as two recent black-and-white ID-sized photographs. If you need a temporary licence, you'll need three ID-sized photos in total.

Once you have completed the form, you need to submit your completed forms and the documents above to any driving licence testing centre. Motorists will then be notified when the replacement card is ready. You will need to collect it from the same testing centre you applied at.

Who to contact

City of Tshwane
City of Cape Town
Nelson Mandela Bay
Eastern Cape municipalities
Free State municipalities
Gauteng municipalities
KwaZulu-Natal municipalities
Limpopo municipalities
Mpumalanga municipalities
North West municipalities
Northern Cape municipalities
Western Cape municipalities

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This article has been updated on 21 September 2021 after it's first publication on 13 September 2020.


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