Repeating your test

If you fail your test, the tester will give you a report detailing aspects of your driving that caused you to fail. The tester will provide you with some feedback at the end of the test.  Due to time constraints, this feedback will be brief and will focus on the main areas of note in relation to your driving test.

You will also receive a certificate indicating that you failed the test; keep it in a safe place as you may need it to renew your learner permit.

If you wish to apply for a further test, application forms are available at test centres or on this website. It does occasionally happen that you will be scheduled with the same tester but this will not happen repeatedly as a matter of RSA policy.

Appealing a failed test

If you feel you have been failed unfairly and want to challenge the decision, you can appeal to the District Court under Article 33 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961. The Court can examine whether or not the test was conducted properly and if it finds that the tester did not conduct the test in accordance with procedures can direct that a further test be offered to you free of charge.


A learner permit can be renewed once. However, if you want to apply for a third or subsequent learner permit, you must either:

  • Have undergone a driving test within the previous two years, or
  • Provide medical evidence showing why you were unable to take a test, or
  • Provide evidence that you have an appointment for a driving test prior to the new permit being issued
  • Contact your local motor tax office(PDF) for any queries in relation to learner permits.

Why do we need to do a driving test?