Remember the excitement when you received your driving license for the first time? It gave you a sense of freedom and exhilaration to drive the vehicle of your choice. If you want that freedom to continue, you need to renew your license before it expires. Yes, the validity of your driving license is only for 20 years. Given the duration, many of us forget to renew it and drive around with an expired license. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, driving with an expired license is a punishable offense and attracts penalty and/or imprisonment. You can renew your driving license 30 days before it expires. In case you missed the renewal date, it is possible to renew your driving license within 30 days of its expiry. But it will attract a penalty. Now let’s see how to renew the driving license online.
Renew Driver’s License Online
You don’t have to visit the Regional Transport Office (RTO) anymore to renew your driving license. Given the digital age we live in, technology has made it possible to avail various services digitally, including renewal of your driving license. Here’s how to renew your driving license online.
- Visit the respective state’s RTO portal
- Fill the application form
- Upload the necessary documents
- Make the payment
- Print the receipt
What Are The Necessary Documents?
For an online application, you need to download, fill and scan the following documents and upload them on the website. Note - the process might vary from state to state.
- Form 9 - Application form
- Form 1-A - Medical certificate to be filled and certified by a registered medical practitioner for applicants above 40 years of age
- Copy of original driving license
- Passport size photographs
- Government-issued document for age proof - Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter ID, etc.
- Government-issued document for address proof - Electricity bill, Telephone bill
If the license holder has shifted from one state to another, he needs to get a NOC from the home state and submit a copy of the NOC to the state’s RTO he/she has moved to.
Fee For Driving License Renewal
The fee for driving license renewal depends on two factors,
- The type of driving-license you are holding.
- Whether the application is submitted before or after the expiry of the driving license.
- If you are holding a smart card license, the renewal fee will be Rs. 400/- if the application is submitted within a grace period of 30 days. If you submit it after the 30-day grace period, it will attract a penalty of Rs.1000/- plus a fee of Rs. 400/-
- If the application is submitted within a grace period of 30 days, the fee will be Rs. 200/-
- If the application is submitted after the 30-day grace period, it will attract a penalty of Rs.1000/- plus a fee of Rs. 200/-
- If there is a change in address, you will have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 200/-
Note: The fee and penalty might vary from state to state.
In the unfortunate event of an accident, you will not be eligible to claim your car insurance if your driving license has expired. Now that you know the importance of renewing your driving license on time, make sure to set a reminder to avoid hefty fines and/or legal charges. You no longer have the excuse of thinking it will take long or physically demand your time with the renewal being made so easy online.