Driving Licence Renewal

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.

 Driving Licence Renewal

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.

Fees

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

* Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

News About Driving Licence Renewal

  • No more extensions to be given for the renewal of expired driving licences

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had initially extended the deadline to renew the driver’s licence and other documents such as registration certificates and vehicle insurance. However, the deadline will be 31 December with no extensions.

    The exemption will be lifted on 31 December and people must renew their licences by 1 January 2021 to avoid a fine. The fine for driving or riding without a valid driver’s licence is Rs.5,000 according to the new Motor Vehicles Act.

    24 December 2020

  • Movement of heavy vehicles restricted in Ahmedabad city

    Gujarat Police has prohibited entry of heavy vehicles in Ahmedabad from 08:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. to curve pollution and accident.

    However, heavy vehicles entering the city for RTO- related work and transporting essential items will be allowed to enter from designated points during specified hours.

    30 November 2020

  • Fitness certificate, driver's licence, road permit fines waived in Kolkata

    The state government of West Bengal has waived the penalties on all the lapsed driving licences, fitness certificates, road permits. This will be in effect from 1 January and the penalties will have to be paid by 30 June 2021. This waiver will apply to all vehicles since many bus owners have refrained from getting their vehicles on the roads since they have not been able to pay the fines for not renewing the fitness certificates or road permits. Due to the pandemic, the number of passengers has been less and this has affected the earnings of many bus operators. The fine of buses and minibuses without a valid fitness certificate will be Rs.3,000 for the first offence and Rs.6,000 for every offence after.

    19 November 2020

  • Driving license and RC racket caught in Haryana

    The flying squad of the Chief Minister has busted a racket of agents who were involved in preparing registration certificates and driving licences along with permits at a higher rate. The police in the city have registered two separate cases and have arrested two agents who were responsible for running the racket.

    The flying squad have recovered registers of the RTA, stamps, 87 new registration certificates and many licences and permits. Shishpal Singh, SI, stated that after receiving a tip-off, the team of policemen raided the two shops.

    14 October 2020

  • At-home renewal of RC and driving license will be possible soon

    The Information Technology Ministry has recently notified that biometric identification could be used to facilitate online services related to obtaining a learner’s license, renewing a driving license, registration of vehicles, as well as changing the address in these documents. The Road Transport Ministry has communicated with the IT Ministry to include these services also under the Aadhaar Authentication for Good Governance (Social Welfare, Innovation, Knowledge) Rules. Once it is rolled out, people will be able to avail these services from their homes itself. It will also help to detect and reduce the cases of multiple or fake driving licenses. This would be facilitated by using Aadhaar as authentication, which would still be on a voluntary basis.

    28 September 2020

  • Driving licence can be renewed offline and online

    The process of licence renewal must be completed within one month after the expiry of the driving licence. There are offline and online methods available to renew the licence as per the Road Transport Department.

    To renew the licence online, the holder must visit the official website of the transport department and click on the option of ‘apply online’. Select the option of ‘driving licence related services’ and then the respective state of the licence holder must be entered. Once done, the holder must read the instructions carefully and then enter his or her existing licence number PIN code and other details mentioned.

    Once done, the option of ‘renewal’ must be clicked and then a recent passport size photo and signature of the applicant must be uploaded. On paying the renewal fee of Rs.200, the renewed driving licence will be sent to the registered address.

    24 September 2020

  • Driving licenses validity extended until 31 December by the Ministry

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of driving licenses until 31 December 2020. Apart from driving licenses, the validity of all other motor vehicle documents has also been extended until 31 December 2020. The main aim of the extension is to provide relief to individuals. As per a previous order, an extension was provided until 31 September. However, due to the current coronavirus situation, the deadline has been extended. Therefore, if your driving license has expired between 1 February and the end of this year, an extension is provided until 31 December 2020. Individuals who have received their licenses in 2000, will need to renew them by 2020.

    27 August 2020

  • Validity of driving license and permits in Assam extended

    In Guwahati, the transport department of Assam has extended the validity of registrations, licenses, permits, etc. till 31 July 2020. Due to the present situation in the light of COVID-19, the decision was taken at a meeting which the Transport Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary had presided over along with other department officials on the impact of COVID-19 on the state.

    The fines which were imposed for late payments or delays in renewal of documents, etc. Have also been waived off by the department. With regard to the extension of time, the government has waived off the fines for delay in payment of Commercial Tax or the compounding fees for al passenger vehicles and good till 31 July 2020.

    2 June 2020

  • Validity of driving license extended till 31 July 2020

    S. Venkateswara Rao, Deputy Transport Commissioner of the Krishna district stated that the validity of the driving license, vehicle registration certificate and the fitness certificate of the car which have lapsed or expired during the lockdown period will be extended till 31 July 2020. Mr. Rao, in a statement, said that the Learner’s license and the driving license tests will be resuming from 1 June and according to the government directive, the vehicles which were seized during the lockdown period were being released without any fine. The owners of the vehicles can visit the RTA office and collect it.

    The people who need a learner’s license must download the RTO exam app from the Google PlayStore and practice driving before the exam. Moreover, Mr. Rao stated that crowding must be avoided and the candidate who books the slot for the test must visit the RTO alone, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

    1 June 2020

  • Renew Driving Licence at Any RTO

    The Gujarat government released a notification stating that motorists will be able to renew their driving licenses at any Regional Transport Office (RTO) at their current place of residence.

    Earlier, motorists had to provide a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RTO where the licence was issued. This will make it easier for those who move location or have relocated from other cities or states.

    The issuing RTO will verify the information provided through the dedicated portal, which would also streamline and speed up the approval process.

    In case of changes to the information on the licence such as licence number, date of birth etc, the motorist would have to apply on the government portal and make an appointment.

    7 June 2018

  • Aadhaar will be made mandatory for DL application and renewal

    The Central Government has issued an order to make Aadhaar mandatory for the application and renewal of Driving Licence (DL). There are many individuals in India who have more than one DL. This has happened in instances where the individual has applied and obtained licences from different states. By making Aadhaar mandatory for the application and renewal process, the government can ensure equal law enforcement for all the citizens. Until now, if an individual’s DL was suspended, he/she will use the other DL. However, starting October 2017, Aadhaar will be mandatory for the application of a new license as well for the renewal of existing licence. This initiative will help the government in improving the administrative efficiency with regard to RTO rules and regulations. Aadhaar uniquely identifies an individual that can be validated through a biometric scan. This superior authentication system makes Aadhaar an ideal tool for avoiding identity thefts.

    12 April 2017

  • No License Driving Increases in India

    Around 94,000 cases were booked by the traffic police against autorickshaw drivers in 2016. Out of this figure, 6000 were cases related to the lack of a Driving Licence. Apart from autorickshaw drivers, drivers of other kinds of motor vehicles like four wheelers and two wheelers were also booked for not possessing a valid driving license. The records show that 40% of the individuals who were booked for various kinds of traffic violations were related to driving without licenses. The report also revealed that most of the traffic violators were youngsters who were aged between 18 and 24 years. The Road Transport Authority and the Traffic Police conducted a survey according to which most of the students and youngsters who drove four wheelers and two wheelers did so without a license, thereby leading to an increase in the traffic violations in the country.

    21 February 2017

  • Transport Department of Mohali Opts for a Test Prior to Renewing Driving License

    License holders might soon have to pass a test even if they just wish to renew their licenses. With the idea of curbing traffic accidents, the Transport Department of Punjab of Punjab has sought opinion to make necessary amendments in the Punjab Motor Vehicle Act. Although this proposal is meant for the entire state, it will first be implemented in Mohali.

    The process for issuing driving license is automatic and therefore every applicant who wishes to renew his/her license will have to undergo a test at these automated facilities to procure the renewed license. These applicants will also have to pass the test by driving without committing mistakes and will be monitored through CCTV cameras. With this amendment, Punjab will be the first state that will conduct test for renewal of license as well. In case individuals fail the test, their license will be cancelled and will have to follow the procedure to apply for a new license.

    3 August 2016

  • In Lucknow, Renew Your Driving Licence Online

    Motorists in Lucknow will no longer have to visit the Regional Transport Office to renew their licences, make their green tax payments or registering their vehicle. The Lucknow RTO is making all these services available online.

    As per a notification released by the office, over 12 services will be available online such as obtaining a fitness certificate for their vehicle, renewal of registration, seeking a permit and cancelling a permit.

    As of now, mobile phones will be used to authenticate identities of those applying online. An OTP (One Time Password) will be sent to the applicant's mobile phone to avail the online services.

    Officials from the RTO have stated that certain transactions like transfer of ownership would require the individuals to visit the RTO to avoid fraudulent or unauthorised transfers.

    27 July 2016

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