• Driving Licence Status

    Applied for your driving licence but don’t know the status? Waiting to get a copy of your driving licence can be a time-consuming process. Instead of waiting for the driving licence 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 to the 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.

    Driving Licence Status

    How to Enquire About Your Driving Licence Status

    • 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.

    • 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

    • Step 1: Visit vahan.nic.in
    • Step 2: Enter Vehicle Number
    • Step 3: Enter Verification Code (Captcha)
    • Step 4: Click on ‘Search Vehicle to know your vehicle registration status

    Facts About Your Driving Licence Status

    • It will take around 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.
    • 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 driving licence 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 licence 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.

    FAQs on 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 I should keep ready before checking my driving licence status online?

      You need to keep your application number ready before checking your driving licence status online. You will be issued an application number when you apply for a driving licence. This can be also called as 'Reference Number' or 'Token Number'. Apart from that you will be asked to enter basic details like your full name, date of birth, and the state where driving licence was issued.

    3. When is the right time for me to check for my driving licence status online?

      whether you have applied for a new driving licence or submitted your driving licence renewal request, it is advisable to give it at least 2 weeks for the backend process. generally, in the third week, your driving licence will be sent by post to you.

    4. Is there any fee to check the driving licence status?

      There are no fees to access the website or check your driving licence status.

    5. How do I save the driving licence status that I see on the screen?

      You can print and save the details you see on the screen.

    6. How do I check the dispatch status of the driving license?

      You can visit sarathi.parivahan.gov.in to check the status of the driving license. Once on the page, you will need to enter the application number, date of birth, and captcha.

    7. Will there be any charges levied to check the status of the driving license online?

      No charges are levied to check the status of the driving license online.

    8. Is it possible to check the status of the driving license for all vehicle types?

      The different types of vehicles that you will need a driving license for are mentioned below:

      • Transportation vehicles
      • Commercial vehicles
      • Automatic and geared four-wheelers
      • Geared two-wheelers
      • Non-geared two-wheelers
    9. How can I check the status of a driving license that is being renewed?

      The two different methods by which you can check the driving license renewal status are mentioned below:

    10. What details will I need to enter to check the driving license status on the official website of Sarathi?

      You will need to enter the application number, date of birth, and captcha to check the driving license status on Sarathi.

    11. Can I drive on public roads with a learner’s driving licence?

      Yes, you can drive on public roads with a learner’s driving licence. However, in this case you will be required to have company – anybody with a permanent and valid driving licence should be accompanying you when you drive on the public roads.

    12. What is the validity period of a learner’s driving licence?

      A learner’s driving licence is valid for a period of 6 months or 180 days. However, the licence-holder will be required to apply for the permanent driving licence after a minimum of 30 days and before the expiration of 180 days from the date of issuance of the learner’s licence.

    13. Can I renew a learner’s driving licence?

      Yes, a learner’s driving licence can be renewed if it expires.

    14. Can somebody accompany me for the driving test?

      No, you will not be accompanied by anybody when you appear for your driving test. The Transport Department will assign an Inspector for checking your driving liabilities.

    15. Can I reappear for my driving test if I fail in the first attempt?

      Yes, you can reappear for your driving test after a 7-day period in case you fail in the first attempt.

    16. How long is a driving licence valid?

      Your driving licence will be valid for a period of 20 years from the date of issuance. However, this period will not exceed the 50-year age mark. Your driving licence will be valid for either 20 years or till you turn 50-year-old.

    17. How long is a commercial driving licence valid?

      Your commercial driving licence will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issuance.

    18. What happens if I forget to renew my driving licence?

      Once your driving licence expires, you will be able to renew the same within a period of 5 years from the date of expiration. However, you will have to pay a late renewal fee for the same if you do not apply for the renewal within 30 days from the date of expiry.

    19. How much is the penalty amount for late renewal of driving licence?

      The penalty amount for the late renewal of driving licence is Rs.150.

    News About Driving Licence Status

    • New registration mark under the BH-series introduced by the government

      A new registration mark has been introduced by the government for new vehicles under the Bharat (BH) Series. The main reason for the introduction of the new series is to ensure transfer of vehicles can be done in a seamless manner. Any vehicle that has the registration mark will not need a new registration number in case the owner shifts to a different state. Under the current rules, the registration number will need to be changed in case the owner shifts from one state to another. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued the notification on 26 August 2021

      3 September 2021

    • You can take your driving licence test on any day from next year

      The state transport department of Delhi is launching a plan that is aimed at improving the services at the automated driving test tracks. This is set to be done by the electronic queue management system. This will increase operation timings, and will also allow you to take driving tests on any day of the week between 8 am and 8 pm.

      13 July 2021

    • No penalty for driving with expired licences, other documents until Sept 30

      The Union government has extended the validity of driving licenses, vehicle registration certificates, fitness certificates, permits that expired after February 2020 and could not be renewed because of the restrictions till September 30. The road transport and highways ministry said that the transport departments cannot persecute motorists who have documents that have expired. If you drive without a valid licence, you have to pay a penalty of Rs.5,000, and the penalties for invalid documents are Rs.5,000 (registration certificate). You have to pay Rs.10,000 for driving with an invalid permit for commercial vehicles and Rs.2,000- Rs.5,000 for driving with an invalid fitness certificate for goods vehicles.

      21 June 2021

    • Fake driving licence racket busted in Nagpur

      The Nagpur police has busted a fake driving license racket in the city after they arrested Nawab Jamir Baig in Mauda for running a fake driving license racket.The police retrieved printer, computer, eight fake driving licenses and material used to print licenses. The total item seized were worth Rs,65,040. Amit Kharad The Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector said that the raid was carried out after a customer tipped them about Baig who ran a photo studio and prepared fake driving license in exchange for money. The inspector said that the evidence recovered were sufficient to prove that Baig was running a fake driving license racket in his photo studio.

      The police said that they will investigate whether the fake driving licenses were being issued to anti-social elements to carry out terror activities in India.

      19 May 2021

    • Central Transport Department issues new guidelines for creation and renewal of driving license

      New guidelines have been issued by the central transport department with regard to creation and renewal of driving license. As per the new guidelines, the entire process of getting a learners’ license will be online and electronic certificates and documents can be used when applying for a learner’s license, surrender of driving license and its renewal. The process of registration has also been made easier. Renewal of registration certificate can now be done 60 days in advance while the time limit for temporary registration has been increased to 6 months. The validity of driving license and registration certificate has also been increased by the Ministry of Roads and Transport. As per the new guidelines, the documents which have expired on 1 February 2020 will be considered valid till 30 June 2021.

      27 April 2021

    • Public transport services in Delhi made available to those engaged in essential services

      Senior transport officials have stated that public transport services will be available to only those engaged in essential services during the six-day lockdown in Delhi. The officials added that while Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be operating trains at a frequency of 30 minutes during peak hours and one hour during off-peak hours, auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws, taxis, gramin sewas and phat phat sewas will be allowed only with two passengers in each vehicle. Maxi cabs and RTVs will be allowed to carry up to five and eleven passengers at a time. It needs to be mentioned here that the Delhi Metro and the state-run DTC and cluster buses are already running at 50 percent capacity.

      20 April 2021

    • Validity of driving license, vehicle documents extended

      The Government of India has decided that a person can renew their driving license anytime between one year before its expiry date till one year after the expiry date. This step will help people who are not living in their hometown or staying abroad not worry about the renewal process and avail the facilities at their own convenience for a considerable time period.

      Similar notifications were earlier issued by the Central Government with the aim to provide relief to vehicle owners and make it easier to avail transport related services. The earlier notifications were issued on 30 March 2020, 9 June 2020, 24 August 2020, and 27 December 2020.

      30 March 2021

    • 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

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