Anyone who wishes to drive a car on public highways must have a valid driving licence, according to the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It is critical to renew your driver’s licence in order to continue operating a vehicle. An expired driving licence is only good for 30 days, and if you renew it after that but within a year, you’ll have to pay a fee. Renewal of a driving licence costs roughly Rs. 200. The fees can differ from one state to the next.
When should you renew your driving licence?
The driving licence is valid for 20 years in all Indian states and union territories, or until the holder reaches the age of 50. (whatever comes first). Your licence can be readily renewed up to one year before it expires. You get a grace period of up to one year following the expiration date. The driving licence will expire after one year, and you will need to obtain a new one in order to drive the vehicle again.
Online driving licence renewal
To renew one’s driving licence, one must do a few simple actions. You can renew your driver’s licence from the convenience of your own home by following these simple steps. The procedure is as follows:
- Go to parivahan.gov.in, which is the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ ParivahanSewa webpage.
- Select “Driving License Related Services” from the options under the “Online Services” tab at the top of the home page.
- This will take you to a new page where you’ll have to choose the name of your state.
- In the new page that appears after selecting the state, choose ‘Apply for DL Renewal’ from the list of possibilities.
- A page will appear with instructions for submitting an application. After that, one must complete the application.
- Upload all necessary documents.
- Make the required payment
- Take a printout of the receipt and save it for future reference.
What if you default and don’t renew your driving licence
E challan is an official document issued to a motor vehicle driver who violates traffic rules and regulations. When an e challan is issued in your name, it means you are accountable for paying the penalty imposed by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, depending on the type of offence you committed.
E challans can be issued for multiple offences, including driving without a valid driving licence.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a notification in March this year stating that 18 license-related contactless services, including driving licence renewal, can be obtained using Aadhaar authentication. Logging into the ParivahanSewa site of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways at parivahan.gov.in is all it takes to renew your driver’s licence.