To drive on a public road in South Africa transporting goods, dangerous goods or passengers for an income you must have a professional driving permit (PrDP).
The permit is issued in addition to an ordinary driving licence. A PrDP applies to the following motor vehicle categories:
- a goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3 500kg
- a breakdown vehicle or a bus
- a minibus weighing more than 3 500kg or designed to carry 12 or more people (the driver included)
- light motor vehicles, indicated in the economic sector for carrying passengers for reward (taxi-cab)
- a motor vehicle designed to carry 12 or more people
- any vehicle for which an operating licence is issued
- dangerous goods vehicle (e.g. fuel tanker).
Age restrictions for the motor vehicle categories are as follows:
- you should be 18 years or older to hold a PrDP for a goods vehicle
- you should be 21 years or older to hold a PrDP for a passenger vehicle
- you should be 25 years or older to hold a PrDP for a dangerous goods vehicle.
You can only obtain a PrDP if you:
- have a valid driving licence for the type of vehicle in question
- have been certified as medically fit by a doctor
- have been certified by an approved training body [only required for category D (dangerous goods) vehicles]
- do not have a criminal record for (in the past five years):
- driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug having a narcotic effect
- driving a motor vehicle while the concentration of alcohol in your blood or breath exceeded a statutory limitation
- in the case of an application for a category P and D permit, an offence of which violence was an element.
- have never had your driving licence suspended
- have never been convicted of a criminal offence or paid an admission-of-guilt fine.
As the operator or owner of the motor vehicle for which a PrDP is required, you may not let another person drive the vehicle on a public road unless they have a valid PrDP for the appropriate category.
- Go to your nearest driving licence testing centre (DLTC) and complete the Application for professional driving permit form (PD1).
- Take the following with you:
- identity document (ID), driving licence card, or valid South African passport
- two identical black-and-white ID photographs
- a valid driving licence (same code of vehicle for which you are applying)
- training certificate (if applicable)
- medical certificate (only valid if not older than two months)
- other professional driving permit or public driving permit that you hold
- the prescribed fee.
- You will do an eye test at the testing centre. Alternatively, you may have an eye test performed by a qualified optometrist and submit the form.
- After payment, you will be referred to the nearest police station to request a conviction report. If the DLTC has a live capturing unit (LCU), the conviction report will be sent electronically to the police station.
- You must deposit the application fee in the account below before the application is processed.
Bank details for depositing application fee:
Account name: Ideco AFISwitch (Pty) Ltd
Branch: Business Banking Johannesburg North
Account Type: Cheque
Account number: 4074078548
Branch code: 630256
Reference: Fill in the ID number of the applicant as the reference.
- You will be informed once the PrDP card is ready for collection. Take identification such as an ID with you when you collect the card. Any cards not collected within 120 days will be destroyed.