Acquiring a driving licence is mandatory if one intends to ride or drive a motorised vehicle on public roads. However, it should be noted that driving licences are not issued for a lifetime. The licences are issued on the basis of the age of the applicant. After the expiration of the said tenure, the driving licences are to be renewed. These renewals are devised to ensure that your eligibility to keep on driving isn't hampered by advancing age or any other foreseen or unexpected conditions. Your eligibility to drive and ride at the time of issuance of your first licence will not be considered for the renewal of the same.
It should also be noted that driving without a valid driving licence is a direct violation of traffic rules and is a punishable offence.
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 mandatory to renew your licence after its expiry because as per the law, in India, you cannot drive any vehicle without a valid driving licence.
As per Section 177 of the Motor Act, 1988, driving on public roads without a valid driving licence is a punishable offence. Violators of the same are liable to be fined. An expired driving licence can be renewed within a span of 30 days post expiration, without any fine. If your driving licence has expired more than 30 days ago, you can still renew the same by paying a fine which is calculated from the 31st day after the expiration of the licence. However, this renewal can be done within a period 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 (NOC) and confirmation of driving licence issued by the original licensing authority.
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:
For commercial and transport vehicles, you will be required to submit the Driver Refreshing Certificate in addition to the documents mentioned above.
The fees for renewal of driving licence are listed below:
|Time of application||For Book Form||For Smart Card|
|Application made within 30 days of expiration of licence||Rs.200||Rs.400|
|Application made after 30 days of expiration of licence||Rs.1,000 + applicable fees||Rs.1,000 + applicable fees|
The validity of the renewed driving licence is listed below:
|Time of application||For Book Form|
|Transport Vehicle||3 years|
|Non-Transport Vehicle||5 years|
The online process of renewal of driving licence is fairly simple and straight-forward. You can follow the steps mentioned below and go through the renewal process accordingly:
The offline process of renewal of driving licence is similar to the online process. You can follow the steps mentioned below and go through the renewal process accordingly:
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.
As per the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, you can apply for the renewal of your driving licence any time from 1 year prior to the expiry of the licence to 1 year after the expiry of the licence.
You can track the driving licence renewal status on the official Parivahan website by visiting the ‘Vehicle Related Services’ menu under the ‘Online Services’ tab.
Yes, you can make changes to your driving licence at the time of the renewal. You will be required to provide some extra details on the designated form for this purpose.
No, it is not compulsory to undergo a driving test for the renewal of your driving licence. However, if you have applied for the renewal at the age of 50+ or you have some medical conditions, you might be required to appear for a test.
Usually, a driving licence is issued for a period of 20 years before it is due for renewal. However, the validity period of a new driving licence will be dependent on the age of the applicant.
You can apply for the renewal of your driving licence at the local RTO or through the official Parivahan website.
You can change your address on your driving licence by simply filling out Form 33 and submitting all the necessary documents along with it for the verification process.
Yes, you can use the official Parivahan website to renew your driving licence online.
No, the renewal fee is an application fee which is charged by the RTO for processing the application of renewal for your driving licence. In case your driving licence gets rejected, you will not be eligible for a refund of the application fee.
Yes, the overall application process for the renewal of driving licence is same for both commercial and non-commercial driving licence. However, in the case of commercial licence, the RTO might require a few additional details and documents.
Yes, you can renew your driving licence after it has already expired.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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