Driver’s License Requirements

Drivers must have a valid driving license from their country of residence and must have had the license for a minimum of 3 years.


By law a foreign driving license is valid if it meets the following requirements:

– If it has been issued in one of the official languages of South Africa (i.e. English), or

– if it is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity / validity issued in an official language of South Africa by a competent authority, or if it is accompanied by an official translation of the license in one of the official languages of South Africa.

– If the license contains or have attached to it a photograph and the signature of the license holder.


It is recommended to travel with an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a foreign driving license, especially if you are a regular visitor to South Africa as it is easily identifiable and may prevent complications. An IDP can only be issued in the country the license was issued.