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.
To renew a private licence, you will need to submit the following documents:
To renew a commercial licence, the applicant will need to submit the following documents:
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.
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:
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.
The fee to renew a driving licence is as follows:
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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