• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

How and where to apply for PdP

Joined
Dec 30, 2017
Messages
20
Likes
3
Location
Centurion
#1
Hi

As I understand it to apply for a PDP I need:
1) EC1 license or better
2) MC medical certificate
3) PD1 application for PDP
4) criminal clearance check SAPS
5) fee

Is the above all I need and what do I ask for at my local police station (is there a form that I must have?)

Do I get all that done before going to the License department? Please suggest an ofice where I dont have to que for a day ;)

Thanks a lot.

Pieter
 
Joined
Dec 30, 2017
Messages
20
Likes
3
Location
Centurion
#2
Sorry about the very cryptic questions, it was done between two meetings. :oops:

I might have a Mog to buy but dont have a PDP to drive it home (from the Cape) and have to decide between trying to quickly get a PDP or to get a driver with one.

It looks like it could take a couple of weeks to be issued.

Could anybody give me some advice on this.

Thanks

Pieter
 

paulventer

Active Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2010
Messages
603
Likes
91
Location
Johannesburg
#6
I think you need a code10, AFAIK you only need a PDP if being paid to transport people/goods.
You need a pdp to drive any vehicle with a GVW > 3500kg - regardless of whether the vehicle is driven for commercial purposes or not :(

The only exception to this rule is a vehicle registered as a motorhome which weighs more than 3500kg (like my mog ;)). Unfortunately most traffic officers don't know about this exception, so even if your mog is registered as a motorhome it is still easier to simply maintain a valid pdp, rather than to argue at each traffic stop....

Pieter - as per our discussion last night, the procedure (in Joburg at least) is as follows (I'll document it here as the question pops up every now and again):
  1. Once you have your license, you need to apply for the pdp as a separate application
  2. First go to the traffic department and submit your pdp application. The traffic department will do an eye test and get your fingerprints
  3. The traffic department will then obtain a police clearance (can take up to 6 weeks - you will most likely have to follow up with the traffic department - they seldom notify you that your police clearance is done)
  4. Once the police clearance has been obtained, you need to go back to the traffic department with your medical certificate and finalise the application
  5. Your license is then processed and you'll have to collect the license after a couple of weeks
You pay fees at various points in the above process - I can't remember how much and at which points in the process.

The above application includes an application for a new license card - the pdp is printed on the license card (license valid for 5 years, but pdp only valid for 2 years).
 

paulventer

Active Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2010
Messages
603
Likes
91
Location
Johannesburg
#7
PS - I forgot to mention - there are three types of pdp's:
  1. Goods
  2. Passengengers
  3. Dangerous goods
For the first two categories its simply a box you tick on the application form. For dangerous goods there are additional requirements you need to comply with.

I'd recommend you tick both "goods" and "passengers" on your application as there are no cost or admin implications to choosing both instead of just one of these two categories. You most likely don't need the passenger pdp, but it can be handy if the need should arrise - say you want to help out on a school outing and they need someone to drive the school bus, etc.
 

Dawie Louw

G-Wagen Club SA
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
770
Likes
50
Location
Johannesburg
#8
I have just renewed my PDP (at age 73) and here are my criptic notes:
Get medical form at licencing office and have your GP complete it.
Have an eye test done at an opthalmogist - they should have the applicable form.
Take copy of ID and proof of address. No photos required. Queue for electronic finger prints and photo at licencing office.
Pay fees for police clearance (Its an EFT to a bank account of a company in Pretoria).
Wait two weeks. Pay cashier at licencing office R266. Wait 6 weeks, collect licence (mine was ready in 4 weeks)

PDP is required if bus carries more than 10 people, regardless of whether they paying, or non-paying passengers..
 
Joined
Dec 30, 2017
Messages
20
Likes
3
Location
Centurion
#9
Morning LHD G, NJVermaak and Paul
Thanks a lot for all the help and info, I will try to do the application this coming week.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Dec 30, 2017
Messages
20
Likes
3
Location
Centurion
#10
Hi Dawie

It seems to be less of a hassle than I initially thought.

Which office did you use and at what time do you suggest I go there to reduce the amount of hours in the que?
I am not a lot at home during the next couple of weeks and it will be difficult to spend a day in the que:rolleyes:

Thanks

Pieter
 

Dawie Louw

G-Wagen Club SA
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
770
Likes
50
Location
Johannesburg
#11
I have no idea what your options will be in Centurion. I used Langlaagte licencing office and its best to be there when they open in the morning and preferably not near month end. There also is a provincial office nearer my house off Xavier street but their ques are bad.