Renew Your Drivers License Online

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 Online?

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.

Documents required to apply for Renewal of Driving Licence

You will be required to submit a few documents as per the prescription of the Regional Transport Office (RTO). These documents can be summed up as follows:

  • Duly filled up Form 9.
  • Duly filled up Form 1 and Form 1A
  • Your old driving licence
  • 3 recent passport-sized photographs

For commercial and transport vehicles, you will be required to submit the Driver Refreshing Certificate in addition to the documents mentioned above.

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.

How to Do Driving Licence Renewal Using Required Documents:

A list of valid documents are required to renew your driving licence. They have been listed below :

  • Step 1: Duly filled DL renewal application form. This can be downloaded you're your state's RTO/RTA portal.
  • Step 2: 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
  • Step 3: Valid permanent driving licence
  • Step 4:Proof of age. This can be substantiated by any of valid government issued document like PAN card, passport, voter ID card, etc.
  • Step 5: Address proof/proof of residence : passport, driving license, electricity bill, phone bill, lease agreement, etc.
  • Step 6: Passport size photographs of the applicant. Please note that the number of this differs from one state to another.
  • Step 7: 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.
  • Step 8: 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

* 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

  • Consumer Commission Says Claim Cannot Be Dismissed Because of Fake Driving License

    The Consumer Commission remarked that an insurance company cannot deny a claim for an insured vehicle because the driver had a fake driver's license, and ordered an insurance company to pay the claim amount to the complainant.

    13 September 2021

  • More than 2000 applications received for Delhi Transport Department's faceless services23.

    More than 2000 applications were received by the Delhi Transport after the launch of its faceless services for driving and learning licence as well as registration certificates on 15 August 2021 in spite of it being a national holiday. There are more than 33 services offered online under this facility which was launched by the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. Most of the applications received were also approved. Of the 2000, 1,489 applications were related to driving licence service requests and 462 for registration certificates. The North Zone RTO at Mall Road received 1,092 applications out of which 533 were approved, 425 had to be reverted, and 133 are pending. Since the launch of the faceless services, four RTOs have been shut down by the Delhi Government at Vasant Vihar, IP Estate, Janakpuri, and Sarai Kale Khan.

    20 August 2021

  • Drive launched to ensure safe travel in auto-rickshaw

    The Police Department of Ludhiana has launched an initiative with the aim of making feel safe while travelling in auto-rickshaws. The Ludhiana police will equip all the auto-rickshaws in the city with a unique ID and linking it with PPSAANJH mobile application. The traffic police are also planning to do away with unlicensed auto-rickshaws in the city. The move is aimed to curb crime involving auto-rickshaw gangs. This idea was initially conceputalised in 2021 and has taken nearly 10 years to become a reality. This idea was first born during the tenure of Ishwar Singh, first commissioner of Ludhiana police. The drive was launched by the current police chief, Rakesh Agrawal and also launched an android mobile application by pasting reflective stickers bearing unique ID on auto-rickshaws where the passengers will be able to verify all the details of auto-rickshaw driver.

    Drivers who wish to register their auto-rickshaws will have to visit the nearest saanjh kendra with all the necessary documents, including driving licence, RC, permit and address proof among others.

    1 July 2021

  • From June 1, you can visit RLA office for limited services

    The Chandigarh administration has decided to open the office of Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) for the general public after the Covid curfew was relaxed. The office will be functional from 1 June 2021. The public will now be able to avail services such as registration of the vehicle, getting an NOC of vehicle, renewal of registration certificate and driving licence, etc. People who wisht to avail different services from RLA can book appointments on from 29 May 2021. It is mandatory to book appointments online otherwise the individual will not be entertained.

    02 June 2021

  • DL, LL tests cancelled

    The Government of Odisha announced that all the driving license (DL) and Learning License (LL) tests will be cancelled across the state due to the second wave of Covid-19. The tests scheduled will be cancelled effectively from 22 April 2021 till further notice in order to prevent the spreading of coronavirus in the state of Odisha.

    26 April 2021

  • No appointment required to get licence for e-rickshaws

    The state government in Delhi has taken a decision to allow e-rickshaw licence applicants to directly visit the licencing authorities without taking any prior appointment. The driving tests for e-rickshaws will be conducted on Sundays as well, according to the decision made by the transport department. The applicants will be able to directly approach the authorities between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on working days after the fee has been deposited online via Sarthi.

    The state government, since the past few months, have put contactless services in place for registration certificates and other licence-related activities. The government of Delhi is providing a subsidy of Rs.30,000 on the purchase of e-rickshaws.

    1 April 2021

  • There are vacancies at RTOs that are causing delay of certificates

    A lot vacant posts of Regional Transport Officer and Motor Vehicle Inspectors at the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) are now overburdening officials and also delaying the services they are offering.

    As of now Madurai has three RTOS – South, North, and also Central. The RTO post is vacant in Madurai Central RTO. The North RTO has also taken the additional charge of the Central RTO. The North RTO should have had five Motor Vehicle Inspectors, but there is only one, who has come on a temporary basis. There is also only one Motor Vehicle Inspector at the South RTO. Here, theree should have been four officials.

    1 February 2021

  • MoRTH roles out rules for renewal of international driving licence

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification for facilitating the issuance of International Driving Permit (IDP) for all Indian citizens whose IDP has expired while they had been abroad. The new notification had been released on 7 January, and it had proposed that Indian citizens can now apply for renewal via the Indian Embassies / Missions abroad. There used to be no mechanism for the renewal of driving licence while citizens had been abroad and the IDP had expired. The IDP can be couriered to the citizen at his/her address abroad. The Ministry had also removed the conditions of a Medical Certificate and a valid visa while requesting for the IDP.

    21 January 2021

  • 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

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