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Offline Nolan

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« on: May 03, 2007, 07:31:02 pm »
for how long is an international drivers license valid and do they just give you one or is there a test to do?
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2007, 10:01:06 pm »
SA sucks :tickedoff:

An international licence is valid for one year and if you are staying longer (dah!) then it must be changed in a NZ licence and yes, you need to do a test O0 It's multiple choice O0
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2007, 10:04:10 pm »
Here is one link so far ;)

I will see what else I can find for you guys O0
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2007, 11:10:54 pm »
for how long is an international drivers licence valid and do they just give you one or is there a test to do?

If you have a SA driver's licence I *think* you don't even need an International one, because you already drive on the same side of the road....  I will see what I can find out about that....  As for us coming from the USA, we may need one! 
But I even think I read somewhere (were oh where?) that I don't need one for just a holiday...
You know.... when we went over for a visit in 2003 (from the States), we didn't need an international licence at all!

Ok, now back to the ? on do they just give you one or is there a test to do?  Nolan, when we left SA back in '98, we went to get an international licence from AA and all they did was check that your SA one was valid, and you pay a fee, and they give you one... no test.   15 minutes for transaction maybe...
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2007, 11:13:41 pm »
This might also help HERE
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2007, 11:18:59 pm »
Man, Happy, you beat me to it by seconds!!!  ;D

So yes, you can drive on your current valid SA licences.  If yours isn't current (i.e. expired) then you just go there, and do their test there and get your NZ licence (stuff waiting in line in SA, Johan!) 
Unless, of course, you are afraid of getting caught in SA without one..
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007, 08:24:31 am »
Do you need a WP or PR to do the drivers test?  OR can anyone go and do it?

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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007, 08:36:42 am »
No, Badprop you do not need WP or PR. You just go into AA, fill out the form, pay the fee do the test and Voila. You get a temp licence straight away and they post the real deal within 21 days.

I have copies of quite a few of the multiple questions tests. When you get here, send me your address and I'll post you a set. By the way, I only read through the lot about 3 times and got 100%. EZPZ. If you fail, you can pay and re-write straight away.



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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2007, 09:03:36 am »
Hi guys, just did my change over to the NZ licence. You are going to pay $85, you do not have to queue, you can take this test at any accredited Land Transport outlet. I did mine at the AA. It consists of 35 questions of which 25 are standard and 10 are related to road worthy etc. It is not difficult, but you are only allowed three errors. How do you know if you are right or wrong? Its like playing the lotto scratch cards. If you scratch off the silver underneath a tick or a cross will be revealed.

Well done Eileen. Just so no one worries, I also got my full quota so lets keep the trend going. You need to just concentrate on the right of way rule. Here it is different, if you are going to turn to the left even if you are going to drive into a shopping centre and there is a vehicle approaching you from the opposite direction who wants to turn in, you have to yield and allow the vehicle to turn in first. The way to remember this is simple - if the car can hit you on your drivers side then you are in the wrong. Us South Africans find it very difficult to adapt to this ruling.

Could I suggest that you do not leave your NZ drivers licence because you have a whole year to do it. You will be amazed how much power this little card has. Now that I have the licence, the bank is more interested, I can open accounts, I can rent without a fuss and references. I am basically regarded as a Kiwi. Try placing your passport and Kiwi licence in front of the teller and they will generally go for the licence.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2007, 09:14:21 am »
You are right Charlie. It even makes it easier when you want to rent a house or furniture. Just a tip. Keep your SA licence for a year. If you get pulled over for speeding, flash the SA one. They are a little more lenient and you wont get the demerits.



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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2007, 09:31:44 am »
Thanks for the tip. Will have to find the SA one.

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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2007, 10:02:56 am »
Thanks you guys.  With a license and a 'cousin' should be fine for renting  ;)

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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2007, 10:07:19 am »
Thanks you guys.  With a license and a 'cousin' should be fine for renting  ;)
Sweet as!  O0



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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2007, 11:14:29 am »
I understand you must do a medical as well for a drivers license,

and does anyone know what the procedure is for a first time licence test,

i.e. you don't have one ?
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2007, 04:57:58 am »
Smallfly, No medical required for light motorvehicle licence. I believe you only require the medical when you apply for heavy duty vehicle licence.