In India, it is mandatory for individuals to hold a driving licence to use a vehicle, under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) issues a learning licence to those who are above 16 years of age and a driving licence to those who are above 18 years of age. To get a driving licence, the applicant will have to pass the driving test. A learning licence holder can apply for a driving licence 30 days after the learning licence has been issued, provided the person has turned 18 years of age.
Anyone who rides or drives a vehicle will have to carry the original copy of the licence at all times. If a person loses his/her driving licence or the card he/she holds is damaged, he/she can apply for a duplicate driving licence. This will prevent traffic police officers from penalizing a person who has lost or damaged his/her original driving licence.
A person will need a duplicate driving licence under the following conditions:
A person who needs a duplicate of his/her driving licence can get one from any Regional Transport Office (RTO) in India. The individual can apply for it offline or online. Here’s how:
Once the fee is paid to the authority, collect the receipt for the same. The receipt can be used in place of the driving licence until the duplicate copy is issued. Once the application is verified and approved, a duplicate copy of the driving licence is created and sent through registered post to the permanent home address.
Alternatively, you can apply for the duplicate driving licence online as given below.
After you pay the fees, make sure you collect the receipt so that you can use it until the duplicate licence is delivered to you. The transport office will send the duplicate driving licence to the registered home address.
The person who needs a duplicate driving licence will have to submit the following documents:
No, only a duplicate copy of the original driving licence will be issued so the validity of the duplicate driving licence will be the same as the original driving licence.
No, there is no need for a driving test when applying for a duplicate driving licence.
No, if you have lost your two-wheeler licence, you can only apply for a duplicate two-wheeler licence only. You will have to apply for the permanent driving licence separately.
Yes, you can get a duplicate learning licence.
The details that need to be entered in the LLD form are:
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