Losing anything valuable in our life makes us very uncomfortable and worried too. Likewise, losing an important document like a driving license is the same as losing the vehicle key. You will not be able to ride your favourite two-wheeler or drive your wonderful four-wheeler without a valid driving license, as driving without a license is a severely punishable offence. Hence, you need to have the same with you at all times. A driving licence is compulsory in India by all individuals driving a vehicle on Indian roads as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and no person is allowed to drive a vehicle without a valid Driving licence. But what will you do if this important document is missing or misplaced, or stolen or even damaged? There is no need to worry as the answer is very simple, you will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence. We will take you through various aspects of a duplicate driving licence so that it is easy for you to understand.
You can get a Duplicate Driving license both offline and onlineif the original one is misplaced, torn or has been stolen as mentioned above. Let us see both the process one by one as below.
Is it necessary for you to go to the RTO office only and apply for a duplicate driving license? Not all, the Indian government, with the assistance of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made it easy and possible for the general public like us who want to have a duplicate driving license by applying online. Some basic steps which you need to follow are as below:
The offline method is also very simple. Let us see how. You need to follow the steps given below to get your duplicate Driving License from the RTO
You must remember the 3 major steps when you lose your driving license in both offline and online methods and they are:
Now, let us see the required documents for this process. Below documents will be needed in order to get a Duplicate Driving license, be it offline or online. These are very easy and simple documents which you need to submit
Let us now see some common fields of the LLD form so that it will be easier for you to fill up.
The offline form can be found in the link: https://transport.bih.nic.in/Forms/Form-LLD.pdf
However, there is a process for filling this form online as well. In the online form, you need to mention the following:
The fee for getting a duplicate Driving licence is INR 200 and if you need a smart card, the total revised fee is INR 400 as per rule 32 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules Act, 1989.
There is a process for getting a duplicate license but it is always a good idea to keep your documents safe so that you do not lose them in the first place. It is better to keep your documents safe than being sorry later.
The validity of your duplicate driving license will be similar to your original driving license. Point to note here is that you are not renewing or amending your license by applying for a duplicate driving license.
No, if your driving license has not expired, you will not be needed to take a driving test to obtain your duplicate driving license.
No, you can apply for a duplicate driving license only if you had a permanent driving license that has been lately stolen, lost or spoiled. You will be needed to apply again for a Learning License if you have lost it.
No, you will have to apply for a duplicate driving license specifically at the RTO which issued your Driving License formerly.
If you lose the driving license, you will have to follow a few easy and simple steps and hence you need not worry. The steps are as below: