Applying for a PDP does not have to be a hustle anymore. Do you feel like you are ready to hit the road behind the wheel? Look no further as we have here a detailed account of the whole procedure and costs for each category for the PDP license.
Public Driver Permits are easier than ever to acquire. All you have to do is meet the stated requirements, pay the necessary fees after filling the application forms and you will be set to go. Why get a PDP? Well, you need one if you plan on driving passengers, goods or dangerous goods in exchange for an income. You should obtain a Professional Driver's license in order to legally let the car meet South Africa's roads.
PDP car categories
If you plan on driving any commercial vehicles, have a look at the list. PDPs cover the following car categories:
- a breakdown vehicle or a bus
- light motor vehicles, indicated in the economic sector for carrying passengers for a fee or set financial reward/benefit such as a taxi-cab
- any vehicle for which an operating license is issued
- a goods vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3,500 kg
- a minibus weighing more than 3,500 kg or designed to carry twelve or more people, including the driver
- a motor vehicle designed to carry twelve or more people
- dangerous goods vehicles such as fuel tanker or LPG tanker
In order to get your PDP South Africa or temporary PDP license, you need to meet the following criteria:
- have a valid driving license for the type of vehicle in question
- have been certified by an approved training body (only required for category D (dangerous goods) vehicles)
- have never had your driving license suspended
- have never been convicted of a criminal offense or paid an admission-of-guilt fine.
- do not have a criminal record for (in the past five years) which includes 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 and in the case of an application for a category P and D permit, an offense of which violence was an element.
Age limits for PDP application
As required by all licenses, one must have reached the legal age permissible for the document to be issued. The age limits are as follows:
- 18 years of age or older to hold a PDP for a goods vehicle
- 21 years of age or older to hold a PDP for a passenger vehicle
- 25 years of age or older to hold a PDP for a dangerous goods vehicle
PDP application form
Now that you are aware of the set limitations and categories, the next step is to start your application for the permit. Here is what you should do in order to successfully complete the application process:
- You should head down to your local Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC) and complete the PDP form. It will most likely be titled as 'Application for professional driving permit' form (PD1) Note: For residents seeking a PDP Gauteng, you should apply for the permit online.
- When going to undertake the physical application, you should take the following documents with you:
- Your Identity document (ID), valid driving license, or valid South African passport
- A valid driving license holding the same code as that of the vehicle for which you are applying
- A PDP Medical form or certificate which is only valid if it is not older than two months
- Proof of postal and residential address such as a utility account. In the case where the utility invoice is not in your name, an affidavit is required where the owner of the bill declares that you currently reside at the stated premises/address. Make sure you attach this utility bill to the signed affidavit.
- In the case that you reside in an informal settlement, you will be required to produce a letter from the ward councilor, with an official stamp and date, confirming your postal address and residential address.
- Additional professional driving permit or public driving permit that you hold
- Training certificate
- Four identical black and white photographs. Make sure you confirm with the DLTC how many photos are required before you take photographs .
- The stated fee
- Make sure you complete the notification of change of address or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form.
- An eye test will be carried out at the testing centre. Alternatively, you can have your eyes tested by a recognised ophthalmologist and hand in the form when you apply.
- 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 here
- After the payment is complete, you will be referred to your nearest police station to obtain a conviction report. Where the DLTC has a live capturing unit (LCU), there will be no need to physically go since the data will be sent electronically to the station.
- You will be informed once the PDP card is ready to be collected. Make sure you carry with you your ID when going to collect your permit. Note that after a period of 120 days, uncollected cards will be destroyed.
How long does it take to get a PDP license? Well, all permits will be available after a maximum of 12 weeks after a successful application.
PDP licence cost
Eager to know about a temporary PDP license cost or a regular PDP license cost? It is advised that you contact your local DLTC for the actual figures and fee amounts needed.
There you have it, a detailed and full proof procedure on how to apply for a PDP license. Follow each step and you will have nothing to worry about; simply smooth sailing. Enjoy your driving!
DISCLAIMER: This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility.