Driving Licence Status

Applied for your driving licence but don’t know the status? Waiting to get a copy of you DL can be a time consuming process. Instead of waiting for the DL to arrive by post, you can visit the respective Regional Transport Office(RTO) with your token number to check your driving licence status. You can also go online to the Sarathi website of the MInistry of Road Transport and Highways.

Steps to Check Driving Licence Application Status

You may be required to check the status of your DL online when you have cleared your permanent DL test, applied for an international DL, applied for a duplicate DL, or submitted your DL renewal application. Steps are mentioned below

  • Visit parivahan.gov
  • On the main page, you will be asked to select the state you took the DL service from. Please choose the respective state and proceed.
  • As soon as you select the state, your page will be redirected to the main page where you find an array of options.
  • On your left hand side, under "Driving Licence", expand the options under the "Apply Online" tab.
  • Choose "Application Status" from the options.
  • Once you choose "Application Status", you will be asked to enter the Application Number and your date of birth, and click on "Submit".
  • Once you submit the information, you will see the status of your driving licence application on the screen.

With the power of the internet, you can now check the status of your driving licence in less than a minute. Go ahead and try it today.

How to do Driving Licence Status Enquiry

  • Please visit the official website of your state-specific transport department. Please note that the website differs from one state to another. Make sure you visit the right website.
  • You will find a link to "Check the status of your driving licence". Please select the link and enter your date of birth, DL number, and your state to find the details.
  • Alternatively, you can also visit the Sarathi website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to find check the status of your Indian driving licence online.
  • Once, you visit the Sarathi website, on your left hand side, you will find an option called "Status of Licence" under "National Register(DL) Queries."
  • Once you choose "Status of Licence", you will be asked to enter your date of birth, DL number, and your state. Please enter the details and click on "Submit".
  • You will be able to see the status of your driving licence in the next page.

Please note that the RTO dispatches your driving licence roughly after 2 weeks from the time you have cleared your DL test. So, checking the stats of your Indian driving licence online everyday is not advisable. It generally takes a month for you to get the DL delivered to your doorstep. Make sure you have someone at home with a valid ID proof to collect the DL on your behalf if you are not around.

How to Check your RC Status Online

A Registration certificate is an official document that is issued when someone registers their motor vehicle. It acts as a proof that the motor vehicle belongs to a specific person. In India, it is mandatory to register your motor vehicle. If you are caught driving on the road without a valid RC, it is a punishable offence that attracts imprisonment or fine or both. Also, parents of minors found driving without a valid Learner’s Licence will be punished severely for giving their vehicle to a minor.

So, please check if all your vehicles are registered on your name. If you have purchased a used vehicle, make sure the ownership is transferred and the RC displays your name. It is very easy to check your RC status online. You just have to visit the parivahan.gov.in to know your RC status. Follow the below steps to check your RC status:

  • Visit parivahan.gov.in
  • Under the "Online Services" tab, you will find an option called "Know your vehicle details". You will now be redirected to another page where you will be allowed to check your RC status.
  • You will be asked to enter your vehicle registration number. Please enter the full registration number and click on "Submit".
  • You will now see your RC status.

How to Check your Vehicle Registration Status?

  • Visit https://vahan.nic.in/nrservices/
  • Enter Vehicle Number
  • Enter Verification Code (Captcha)
  • Click on ‘Search Vehicle to know your vehicle registration status

Facts about your driving licence status

  • Please know that it generally takes about a month for the driving licence to be delivered to you from the time you have applied for it. So, being patient is the key here.
  • Having said that, the Government of India and all RTOs are constantly coming up with ways to expertise the process and are allow you to check for your DL status online on their portal.
  • Before applying for a driving licence, you should have a Learner’s Licence (LL). Without LL, you will not be allowed to apply for a DL irrespective of how well you drive or how old you are.
  • Driving licence issued in India, like any other international DL. comes with an expiry date. On or before the expiry date, you should renew your DL. You will have to follow the DL renewal process to get an updated DL.
  • If your DL is torn, damaged, or lost, you can go ahead and apply for a duplicate DL. You will be able to apply for a duplicate DL online.
  • The International Driving Licence issued in India is accepted almost in all the countries in the world. So, if you are planning for an international trip, apply for it a month in advance.

"Generally, it takes approximately 3 weeks for the Driving License to be delivered home. Make sure that even if you are not home, there is someone authoritative with an ID proof, who can accept it on your behalf, with sufficient documentation proof."

Frequently asked questions about driving licence status

  1. How soon after giving the driving licence test can I check for the DL status online?

    New driving licences, whether fresh or renewed, are usually dispatched within 3 weeks of the application being received. You can check the status of your driving licence application after 3 weeks if you have still not received it.

  2. What information do I need to keep in hand when checking my driving licence status online?

    To check your driving licence status online, you will need to keep in hand is your application number which is provided to you when you submit your application form for the driving license. This number can also be called the token number or the reference number. Apart from this, you will also need other details such as the place where the driving licence was applied from as well as your full name and date of birth.

  3. Are there any fees to be paid for checking the status of my driving licence online?

    You can check the status of your driving licence online completely free. There are no fees that is charged for this service.

  4. Can I check the driving licence status online on my mobile phone?

    Yes, you can check the status of your driving licence online on your mobile phone as well.

  5. How do I track the status of my application for renewal of driving license?

    You can track the status of the application for renewal of your driving licenses through the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways or by visiting the RTO where you submitted the application for renewal of your driving license.


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  • Delivery service of income tax forms, driving licenses, etc. to resume in New Delhi

    The state government of Delhi’s scheme of doorstep delivery has been given the green light to resume its services after it was suspended in March due to the national lockdown. The government has requested the private agency delivery services to resume its service of providing ration cards, driving licenses, income certificates to the customer’s doorstep.

    With the COVID-19 situation being in control in the National Capital Region, the facility of delivery to their homes should be resumed according to the state government. According to Revenue Minister, Kailash Gahlot, VFS Global has been asked to resume its doorstep delivery of services since it is outsourced to the private agency.

    19 August 2020

  • Karnataka Transport Department faces heavy losses due to COVID-19

    The transport department of Karnataka has usually been dependent on vehicle registrations for their revenue and this year is facing a severe shortfall of Rs.850 crore in the state. The target received by them for this year was Rs.7,160 crore with an average monthly income of Rs.550 crore. However, transport officials speculate that these targets are unlikely to be reached. This year was the first time the department has witnessed a drastic hit to its revenue according to officials as the department had crossed its targets in the previous year.

    The major issue faced by the department was that vehicle registrations brought no revenue for the first three months of the year compared to 2019-2020. According to the data, there was a decline of 12.77% in the number of two-wheeler registrations and an 11.9% decline for private vehicle registration. However, the department is expecting a considerable rise in vehicle registrations in the upcoming months as people currently are not taking their cars outside fearing COVID-19. But speculations are rising on how the number of private vehicles will increase considerably given the aspect of safety. Apart from this, Shivraj Patil, Additional Commissioner for Transport (e-governance and environment) said that the department will also focus on shifting to electric vehicles to create an impact on the revenue.

    10 July 2020

  • Regional Transport Offices in Nagpur resume driving license tests amidst increasing COVID-19 cases

    In Nagpur, after 3 months of lockdown, the three Regional Transport Offices have restarted the driving test for permanent and learner’s license. The Deputy RTO (East) and the rural office finished the construction of the new offices during the lockdown period and the offices are functioning from the new location at Chikhli (East Nagpur) and near Nagpur rural police headquarters. The Maharashtra Regional Transport Office has resumed the registration of vehicles and issuance of driving licenses. The Transport Commissioner had issued a notification which stated to resume operations of 50 offices in the state and with this, the city offices resumed various services such as issuing licenses, vehicle registrations, etc.

    Deputy RTO, Atul Ade stated that the office has rescheduled the slot bookings which were made earlier and the applicants have been informed via SMS. The candidates who are not wearing masks or gloves will not be allowed for the tests. The three offices are focused on more learner’s license tests to ensure the non-spreading of COVID-19. Despite these measures, the RTOs witnessed a lower turnout of applicants where 55 applicants took the learner’s license tests whereas 15 took the test for a permanent driver’s license.

    24 June 2020

  • The government has taken the steps to provide DL during COVID-19

    The government of the state has taken steps and initiatives to provide driving licenses to the applicants on the same day as applied. The Secretary of the Regional Transport Authority, Barjinder Singh mentioned that from 1 June, the Transport Department will be resuming various services for the people after being shut due to COVID-19.

    Learner’s license, permanent driving license, renewal of license and duplicate driving licenses will be issued on the same date as they are applied for. In the first phase, Barjinder Singh mentioned that 30 learner’s licenses will be issued 15 minutes after application on the same day. If all the documents are presented and are complete, the license will be issued on the driving track itself post the test. For the permanent licenses, 20 slots have been kept according to Barjinder Singh. The permanent driving license will be issued on the same day between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. if all the documents are submitted and the test is passed.

    1 June 2020

  • Aid given to autorickshaw drivers and e-rickshaw drivers in Delhi by the government

    The Delhi government has extended aid to the autorickshaw drivers in the city by transferring Rs.5,000 each to all the PSV badge holders in the city. Around 1,10,093 PSV badge holders have been given the relief aid of Rs.5,000 per person to the autorickshaw drivers and the Grameen Sewa drivers.

    The government has paid a total of Rs.55,04,65,000 to all the beneficiaries according to a statement released about the same. The Delhi government in the second week of April had taken a call to provide financial help of Rs.5,000 to the auto drivers, taxi drivers, and other transport vehicle drivers to help them during the COVID-19 crisis. According to reports, the government had developed various software applications and used the Aadhaar-based DBT to transfer the financial assistance to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries directly.

    20 May 2020

  • Auto dealerships can track registration status online

    As the nation has turned towards information technology civic authorities and general populace has also made the step towards a digital future.In Indore, auto dealerships are now being allowed to track vehicle registration process online. This service was recently made available by the Indore Regional Transport Organisation (RTO).According to the authority, this new service is available under the “Track your application” tab on the official Indore RTO site.

    To be able to track the application, users need to open the “Online Tracking System” tab and then enter particulars like Registration Certificate Dealer Point (RCDP), the type of application, and receipt id for fees paid. Speaking to the media RTO official MP Singh suggested that entering the following details will help dealers track how an application is doing.

    Further, Mr.Singh said that other details like Learner’s Status, Driver Licence Status, Fitness certificate, permit and other information can also be gathered through this portal.This initiative the official said is mainly brought introduced in order to keep the entire registration process open and transparent.

    Before ending his talk, Mr.Singh said that there are over 200 dealers in the city and over 7000 two wheelers and 150 four wheelers will come for registration in the RTOs and that this service will help dealers get information quickly.

    10 May 2017

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