Renewing a Driving Licence in India

Information on how to renew, duplicate or alter a permanent driving licence in India…

Licence renewal, duplication or alterations can be easily undertaken at the RTO/RTA office at which the original permanent licence was issued or at the nearest regional office.

Permanent licences must be renewed within 30 days of their date of expiry. If the driving licence expired more than five years previously, the RTO/RTA will request that another test is taken.

The following documents are required to renew a permanent licence:

  • Application forms – can be downloaded from an RTO/RTA website
  • Medical certificate – the form can be downloaded from an RTO/RTA website and must be filled out by a licensed physician
  • Valid permanent licence
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of residence
  • Passport-sized photographs (the number varies by state)
  • Fees (vary by state)

If the permanent licence holder has moved, the change of address must be filed within 30 days at either the RTO/RTA at which the original licence was issued or at the nearest regional office.

This rule applies even if the permanent licence holder has moved to another state. A licence holder from another state must also submit a “no objection” certificate issued by the RTO/RTA at which the original licence was issued.

The following documents are required to change the address on a permanent licence:

  • Valid permanent licence
  • Proof of address (for the new residence)
  • A “no objection” certificate (only for permanent licence holders from other states)
  • Fees (vary by state)

The following documents are required to obtain a duplicate permanent licence:

  • Application form
  • Details of the permanent driving licence
  • Police certificate (if the licence was stolen)
  • Passport-sized photographs (number varies by state)
  • Fees (vary by state)