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Driving Licence
How to Obtain a Botswana Driving Licence?
  • Complete form DL1 and provide your ID omang/ passport and resident permit for expatriates.
  • Pay and book for a theory test (fee P40.00)
  • After passing your theory test, undergo eye screening and apply for a provisional (learners) licence. (fee P30.00)
  • Proceed to practice for your practical driving test with your instructor.
  • When ready pay for your practical driving test and book for your yard test (Fee P40.00) if you pass your yard test you can proceed to book for your road test.
  • Provide your valid driving test results and eye screening results and pay for your driving licence (fee P70.00).

Your driving licence card is valid for five years from the month of issue. Note that if you fail any part of your driving test you will have to pay and re-do such test. Also if any test expires before you complete your driving test cycle you will have to pay and retake the test before you can proceed to the next stage. Each test result is valid for one year from the test date.

Driving Licence Renewal
  • Bring expiring licence and your ID (omang for citizens and passport for expatriates)
  • Complete DL1 form and undergo eye screening.
  • Health declaration required for applicants 65 years and above (use form DL 31)
  • Pay P70.00 for your new driving licence card
  • Note that you can renew your licence 3 months before expiry to avoid paying P20.00 penalty for each day after expiry.
Driving Licence Classes

 

Driving Licence Class

Weight Description- GVM (Kg)

Minimum age

Requisite classes

Vehicle

Trailer

A1

Motorcycle less than 125cc but less than or equal to 230kg

 

18

None

A

Motorcycle greater than 125cc and 230kg

 

18

None

B

less than or equal to 3500

less than or equal to 750

18

None

EB

less than or equal to 3500

greater than 750

18

 

Class B held for 2 years or more

C1

greater than 3500 but less or equal to 16000

less than or equal to 750

21

C

greater than 16000

less than or equal to 750

21

EC1

greater than 3500 but less or equal to 16000

greater than 750

21

EC

greater than 16000

greater than 750

21

F

Tractors for agric purposes

16

None

H

Special Mechanical equipment

18

None

Application Requirements for Obtaining A Botswana Licence Against a Foreign Licence
  • Fill in DL 1 which is the main application form
  • Undergo eye screening test
  • Original foreign driving licence containing a photo and class B held for at least 2 years for applicants holding Class C1 and above.
  • Confirmation letter from driving licence issuing authority directly or (via) respective High Commission/ Embassy. Official translation into English (if applicable)
  • Provide proof that the applicant had stayed a minimum of 185 consecutive days in the issuing country Provide residence permit with a certified copy by the immigration department.
  • Provide passport with a copy showing photo validity and proof of:

            o        entry and/or exit of citizens and residents

            o        Study or work permit for non citizens in the issuing country of the licence

  • Those aged above 65 years and above should provide medical certificate
  • Pay a fee of P70.00
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