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Driver's License in South Africa

If your driver’s license is not in English or doesn’t have a stamped photograph, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required together with the original driver’s license.

For driver's licenses from countries not part of the international driver's license treaty, an official translation of the license in English must be presented with the original license.

The license should be held for at least 2 years with no major endorsements.



When renting in South Africa, all drivers with a UK licence issued in Great Britain (except Northern Ireland) will need to provide evidence of any driving endorsements. This also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998. You can get and print the DVLA endorsement record in  DVLA* website.


If you hold a Driver's License issued in Vietnam, you need to present the original license together with an authorized translation issued by the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport. If both documents are presented at time of rental these licences are acceptable worldwide.


Age Requirement

The minimum age to rent a car in South Africa is 23 years (age may vary by car category and car rental company). If you're under 25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.


*Attention! Some car rental companies would have different requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions during the booking process.

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