Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions about Your K53 learners license test?
If you have any questions about how to apply for your test, what the test actually involves or more about My-K53, then please browse our FAQ’s below.
K53, what is it?
There is a method of driving called ‘defensive driving’. This method is what is known as K53.
K53 defensive driving was designed to keep all road users safe and is important to know and understand for your learners license test.
According to Arrive Alive K53 is the term used for the current drivers license test.
The number was given to the test based on proposals submitted in the 1980s and then the reworked versions were upgraded numerically.
Test number K53 was finally accepted as the way to test aspirant drivers. This test fully involved the system of vehicle control. The K53 test is, in fact, a copy of what was done in the UK in the 1980s.
Why do I need a learner's license?
You need to have a learner’s license as it is a permit that proves you have the basic knowledge of the motor vehicle and controls, the K53 rules of the road, road signs, road markings and traffic signals.
You cannot obtain a drivers license without first having a valid learners license.
How do I book for my learner's license test?
To book for your K53 learners license test you need to:
1. Go to the nearest driving license testing centre (there is a link to each at the bottom) to book a test date and confirm the booking).
Take the following with you when booking:
- Green barcoded ID book or ID card.
- Two identical black and white ID photographs.
- The booking fee (contact your local licensing office for the cost).
- Proof of postal and residential address – if the proof is not in your name the owner must attach an affidavit stipulating that you live there.
- If you stay in an informal settlement you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your postal and residential address.
All Gauteng residents can apply online here https://online.natis.gov.za/#/.
2. Complete the application form for your learner’s license test, form (LL1), available at the testing centre.
3. You will have an eye test at the testing centre or, you may bring a completed eye test performed by a qualified optometrist.
4. IMPORTANT:On the day of the test you must submit your ID and your booking receipt (so keep this in a safe place).
5. If you pass the test you must pay the issuing fee.
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What is in the K53 test?
To have the best chance of passing your learner’s license test first time you need to know the following:
- The controls of your vehicle and how they work together
- The K53 defensive driving system
- You need to know the rules of the road
- And lastly, you need to know the meaning of road signs, road markings and traffic signals
When you write your learners license test you will be asked questions in a multiple choice format.
The tests are randomised and can be in electronic format or on paper.
How much do I need to score to pass the learners license test?
Can I drive with a learner's license?
If you hold a valid learner’s license you are allowed to drive on any road in South Africa but only when you are supervised by a driver who has a drivers license for the same class of vehicle.
For how long is a learner's license valid?
A learner’s license is valid for 24 months and cannot be extended.
Where can I book a driving instructor?
You can find driving instructors on social media platforms. However, try this website out – https://www.idrive.co.za/
How do I prepare for my drivers license?
Everything you need to know in preparation for your drivers license can be found here.
We have animated videos that take you through your internal vehicle inspection, your external vehicle inspection, the yard test, parallel parking, alley docking and the road test.