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Hi there!

I'll try to make this as brief as possible:

Born to South African parents in South Africa, I moved to Canada in 1991 and became a Canadian citizen in 1996. Did not apply for retention of SA citizenship because I was unaware that I was able to do so.

My parents still live in SA and are getting older. I need to visit more frequently but need to be able to drive in SA.

I don't have a Canadian drivers licence so can't get an international drivers licence, unfortunately, but do still have my old green SA ID book with my old SA drivers licence.

When I am in SA can I get this renewed so that I can drive there? I have read that SA drivers licences don't lapse and can be renewed. I am not sure how I would go about this however not being resident in SA.

Thanks for any help.
 

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I'm not sure about your info that SA drivers licences don't lapse? These days we don't make use of the old license in the ID anymore. Now it's a card license that needs to be renewed every 5 years (in person, you have to pay a fee and take an eye test each time, etc.). I have a strong feeling your old one is not valid anymore, but I stand to be corrected.
 

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PEgirl, I found this information on a forum to a question about whether an old license can be renewed. It's from last year. Maybe you're in luck!

"I had one from 1979 and because I moved to Australia i did not even know there was a new system. However I was told to contact the Traffic Authorities at 44 Wale Street in Cape Town because my first License was issued in Green Point. I had to get a letter from my Australian employer to state that I had been overseas for 30 years in his employ. After getting all the details I went to 44 Wale street in Cape Town when I was on holidays over there. It all got sorted out. I was given a letter from the traffic office at 44 Wale Street and told to go to a traffic branch in the suburbs to actually renew my licence. All done now.
Any more questions contact me on*[email protected] Regards Ted"
 

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Thanks so much for that info Klipspringer, I really appreciate it! When I go to SA later this year I will pursue this and update to this forum.
 
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