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Driving License Renewals: The Complete Guide

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Driving License Renewals: The Complete Guide

Have you ever had to go for a drivers license renewal? Or was it done for you? 

One occasion for celebration in your life is when you finally get your driving license. A driver’s license sets you free and makes you feel liberated. Now you can drive your car everywhere, along with your friends on that road-trip you always wanted to take!

With the emergency of the digital age, one can even apply for a license online. The procedure is similar to that of applying for a passport. We have even posted about the entire process along with a step-by-step guide for it.

But let’s skip forward 20 years, you have your license and now it’s time to renew it. Well what do you do about drivers license renewal? Go to one of those driving schools and ask them to help you out? That may save some time but it definitely doesn’t save you money. What if we told you there was a different way to your drivers license renewal.

Thankfully, things have changed. You don’t need those middlemen to process documents anymore for a drivers license renewal. We will guide you through the entire process of renewing your driving license in India. By the end of it, we are confident that you will be confident of the entire process. You’ll also be able to manage all of it by yourself. So, let’s get started!

Legality of Driver’s License

The driving license is one of the most important documents you need to carry at all times. The driving license is issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO). And, all states have a set guidelines on the issuing of license. One cannot drive without a valid non-expired driver’s license. It is therefore recommended to get your license renewed on time, diligently. Penalty for not having a valid driver’s license if you are caught, are high.

An important thing to remember is that your driver’s license is valid for 20 years from the date of issue. That’s not a short period of time. Most of us got our license when we were 18. So, we have to go back to the RTO to renew it, at the age of 38!

The Drivers License Renewal Form

A Drivers License Renewal Form is in a way a KYC (Know Your Customer) document, which your bank asks you to fill up every now and then. The form can be downloaded from Saarthi, which is run by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The Form is titled ‘Form 9’, and can also be picked up at the RTO itself.

How Does Drivers License Renewal Work?

You will need to fill the application form, with the set of mandatory documents to renew your driver’s license. This application has to be submitted at your district RTO. If your license is that of a car, bike, etc. your license is renewed for an additional 5 years. However, if you drive a transport vehicle, such as a truck, your license will be renewed for another 3 years.

This process is quick and easy and hardly takes any time. A renewed license is ready on the same day itself. Especially if your original driver’s license was issued by the same RTO. A maximum of 20 days is required if your original issuing RTO was different.

Documents Pertaining To Drivers License Renewal

Along with Form 9, you also need the following documents to renew your driver’s license:

– Your physical fitness certificate. Form for the same can be downloaded from the Saarthi website too. This form is titled ‘Form 1’. It has to be filled out by the applicant.

– Your medical certificate. This has to be given to the applicant by a physician. It is required if you’re above the age of 40.

– A copy of your driving license. (Expiring / Expired)

– Secondary age proof of applicant. (Ex: Passport, PAN Card, Aadhaar)

– Secondary permanent residence proof of applicant. (Ex. Passport, Aadhaar)

– 2 x Passport size photographs of the applicant. (Should be recently clicked)

Important Points To Remember

– Fees for  drivers license renewal are ₹200/- as per guidelines set in January 2017. These fees are applicable if you renew your license within the grace period of its expiry. You will also be charged an additional ₹200/- for a smart-card.

– If your license has expired and has lapsed the grace period, fees applicable to you would be ₹300/- (on a yearly basis till you renew your license) + an additional ₹200/- for a smart-card.

– In-case, of any miss-match in details, or issues with your documents, the verification by the RTO will be put on hold.

– If you turn 50, you will have to renew your license, regardless of the expiry date of your license.

– If you are a commercial driver (ex. Truck-driver), a medical certificate is mandatory. Along with that, a refresher course is also necessary if you want to renew your commercial driving license.

– If you don’t have certain original documents as required. Duplicate copies of the same can be submitted. However, those have to be attested by a notary or a gazette officer.

Now, that you know everything there is to know about renewing your driving license in India. We are confident that you will not feel the need to ask anybody for help. You could manage the entire process by yourself. Thereby, reducing the need of middlemen and unnecessary expenses. We are here to protect you from all those things and we hope you enjoyed reading this!


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