One of the momentous milestones in life is when you get your very own Driver's License. The euphoria of freedom to drive around your own vehicle and go wherever you wish to is definitely a joy to thrive on. Though you might grow out of this or even take it for granted in time, the difficulties in procuring one is not easily forgotten. Having a license alone is not enough- there is also the matter of timely renewal of said driving licence. These renewals are devised to ensure that your eligibility to keep on driving isn't hampered by advancing age or any other foreseen/unexpected conditions. Just because one was fit enough to acquire a license 20 years ago, need not mean he/ she is fit now. And yes, driving around with an expired license is as good as doing the same without one, and may be a potential problem for you, other drivers and pedestrians. Hence the licence needs to be renewed after a stipulated term.
Why should you renew your driving licence?
As per the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is mandatory for drivers of any vehicle to hold a valid driving licence to drive a vehicle on the road. A Driving licence is an official document issued by the government, which authorises an individual to drive a category of vehicle for which he holds a licence. This document is also acknowledged as a valid identity proof.It is a must to renew your DL after its expiry because as per the law nobody in India can drive any vehicle without a valid DL. As per Section 177 of the Motor Act, 1988, if a person is driving a vehicle without a valid DL (i.e an expired DL), is a punishable offence by law. Violators of the same are liable to be fined. An expired driving licence is valid only for a month (i.e 30 days) post expiration and can needs to be renewed within that grace period. If your driving licence has expired more than 30 days ago, you can renew the same by paying a penalty. This holds true if only the application requesting a renewed DL is made within a time span of five years from the date of expiry. If the licence has been initially obtained from another state, then the applicant should furnish a No Objection Certificate (N.O.C.) and confirmation of driving licence issued by the original licensing authority.
Where do I file an application to renew my DL?
Duly filled application form with the set of required documents to renew your DL needs to be submitted to Assistant R.T.O. at the Driving Licence Branch in your state. Your DL will be renewed for 5 years if it is for a Non-Transport Vehicle, and for 3 years if it being renewed for a transport vehicles. One can get the renewed driving licence on the same evening, that is if the licence is procured in the same office. It needs a period of 20 days after the application has been submitted, if the case is any different from the one mentioned above. The latter takes longer as it involves a process of verification and correspondence.
Driving Licence Renewal Form:
As the name implies, a Driving Licence Renewal Form is utilised as the KYC document when the concerned vehicle owner is looking to update/renew his/her licence, and the Road Transport Office (RTO) needs to understand the specifics of the current licence. This simple document can be easily downloaded from the concerned RTO's website, or can be picked up as a physical copy from the local RTO office.
Form 9- Form of Application for the Renewal of the Driving Licence is a simple document involving a small number of informational queries. Of course, a large part of this communication concerns the applicant's current DL with space for appropriate authenticators and signatures. The completion of this form must be followed up with the attachment of the requisite documents (see next section) before the procedures of the renewal of driving licence can be put into action.
Documentation Required to Renew Driving Licence:
A list of valid documents are required to renew your driving licence. They have been listed below :
- Duly filled DL renewal application form. This can be downloaded you're your state's RTO/RTA portal.
- Applicant's medical certificate is a must. The form for the same can be downloaded via your state's RTO/RTA portal. Please note that this form has to be filled out by a licensed physician
- Valid permanent driving licence
- Proof of age. This can be substantiated by any of valid government issued document like PAN card, passport, voter ID card, etc.
- Address proof/proof of residence : passport, driving license, electricity bill, phone bill, lease agreement, etc.
- Passport size photographs of the applicant. Please note that the number of this differs from one state to another.
- If the permanent licence holder has changed his address from one place to another, the same must be registered within 1 month at the RTO/RTA at which the initial and original licence was issued, or at the nearest regional office.
- If the permanent DL holder has moved to another state, then the aforementioned rule applies here too. In addition to that, a licence holder from another state has to submit a NOC (no objection certificate) which needs to be issued by the RTO/RTA at which the original licence had been issued.
Please note, that as driving licence is a document which is issued by the RTO (regional transport office), the fees of it are likely to vary from state to state. Though the difference in the amount is not a lot, there is a difference on a smaller scale. Please refer to your respective state's RTO office or portal to get a complete clarity on the fee charged in your state.
OLD Fee for DL Renewal – Rs. 50
*Revised fee for Driving Licence Renewal in January – 2017 – Rs. 200
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How long is a driving licence valid?
A driving licence is usually valid for a period of 20 years from the date of issuance of the license or till the holder of the licence attains the age of 50 years. The validity depends on which one comes earlier of the two factors mentioned here.
How long can I use my learner’s licence?
A learner’s driving licence is valid for a period of 6 months from the date of issuance. Past the 6 months, if the applicant has not appeared or qualified his or her driving test, he or she will be required to renew the same by paying a fee of Rs.200.
What is the minimum age requirement to apply for a driving licence for motorcycle with gear or light motor vehicle?
The applicant applying for a driving licence for a motorcycle with gear or a light motor vehicle should have completed at least 18 years at the time of dropping an application for the licence.
The validity of my driving licence has expired. Where do I go to get it renewed?
If the validity of your driving license has expired, you have to get it renewed at your Regional Transport Office (RTO) or at an Additional Regional Transport Office (Additional RTO).
Do I have to provide a medical certificate at the time of renewing my driving license at the RTO?
If the applicant is under the age of 50 years and is applying for a non-transport motor vehicle, he or she will not be required to produce any medical certificate. In case he or she is 50+ years old and/or applying for a transport vehicle licence, he or she will be required to provide a medical certificate.
How do I get a permanent driving license?
There are 2 steps through which a permanent driving license can be obtained. First, the applicant has to apply for a learner’s licence and appear for the driving test. On passing the test, he or she will be eligible to receive the permanent driving licence.