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    A driving licence is valid for a period of 20 years or until the individual attains 50 years of age, based on whichever of the two happens first. Given that riding or driving a vehicle without a valid driving licence is a punishable offence in India, it is necessary to renew your driving licence as soon as it expires.

    Individuals who are looking to renew their driving licence will need to visit the Regional Transport Office in their jurisdiction and complete the necessary formalities. Driving licence holders are given a 30-day grace period to renew their licence. If one’s licence has been expired for more than 5 years, the driving licence holder may be required to apply for a new licence.

    Documents Required to Renew a Driving Licence

    To renew a private licence, you will need to submit the following documents:

    • Application in Form 9, which can be collected from the Regional Transport Office or downloaded online
    • Form 1 and Form 1A (medical certificate)
    • Expired driving licence
    • Proof of age – Birth certificate, Aadhaar card, voter’s ID, passport, etc., can be submitted
    • Address Proof – Utility bills, rental agreement, etc., can be submitted
    • 2 Passport-size photographs of the applicant
    • Applicable fee

    To renew a commercial licence, the applicant will need to submit the following documents:

    • Application in Form 9
    • Medical certificate in Form 1A (mandatory)
    • Expired driving licence
    • Proof of age – Aadhaar card, birth certificate, passport, etc., can be submitted
    • Address proof – Rental agreement, utility bills, etc., can be submitted
    • 2 Passport-size photographs
    • In case of heavy motor vehicles, the applicant will need to submit a Driver Refreshing Training Certificate
    • For all other types of commercial vehicles, the applicant will need to undertake a short period or one-day refresher training course
    • Applicable fee

    Procedure to Renew a Driving Licence

    To renew your driving licence, you will need to submit the duly-filled application in Form 9 with the above-mentioned documents at the RTO in your jurisdiction. Private licences are usually renewed and issued on the same day to the applicant. On the other hand, it might take up to 30 days to get a commercial licence since the RTO will renew the licence only after the documents that are submitted are verified.

    Once renewed, a private driving licence will be valid for a period of 5 years, while a commercial driving licence will be valid for a period of 3 years.

    Updating the Address on the Driving Licence

    Individuals who have relocated to another state in India and wish to renew their driving licence will need to submit a No Objection Certificate from the RTO that had previously issued the driving licence. Also, the renewed driving licence should have the applicant’s current address on it. To update the address in one’s driving licence, the applicant will have to submit the following documents:

    • Original driving licence with the previous address
    • Address proof for the applicant’s new address
    • No Objection Certificate from the RTO that had issued the previous driving licence
    • Applicable fee

    Driving Licence Renewal Form

    To renew your driving licence, you will need to submit the application in Form 9 to the RTO in your jurisdiction. The form will require you to furnish certain basic details such as your name, driving licence number, date of issue of the driving licence, name of the licencing authority that had previously issued the driving licence, name of the licencing authority that had previously renewed the driving licence (if applicable), number and date of renewal (if applicable), the class of vehicle that one is authorised to drive, the expiry date of the licence, and your current address.

    Further, if you don’t attach your licence to the application, you will need to provide a reason for the same. Also, if you did not renew your driving licence within the 30-day grace period, you will need to furnish a reason for not doing so. On the form, you will also need to mention the fee that you are paying to renew the driving licence, the date, your name and address, and sign or make a thumb impression.

    Fee to Renew a Driving Licence

    The fee to renew a driving licence is as follows:

    • If the driving licence is renewed within the 30-day grace period: Rs.200
    • If the driving licence is renewed after the 30-day grace period: Rs.300
    • Additional fee that the applicant will need to pay for each delayed year from the date of expiry of the licence: Rs.1,000
    • For the smart card: Rs.200 in addition to the above-mentioned fee as applicable

    Why You Should Renew Your Driving Licence

    You should renew your driving licence since it is mandatory for all individuals who wish to operate motor vehicles to have a valid driving licence, according to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Once your driving licence expires, you will be given a 30-day grace period, within which you will need to submit the application with the required documents and fee to the RTO to renew your driving licence.

    Driving or riding without a driving licence is not legal in India. If caught driving without a licence, you can be fined and/or imprisoned for 3 months. Thus, ensure that you make a note of the expiry date of your driving licence and renew it within the specified time.

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