The Indian government has implemented several changes to driving license rules starting October 1, 2023. Let’s examine the key updates license holders should know:
- Birth Certificate Mandatory
Applicants now need to provide their birth certificate when applying for a new license. Earlier other age proofs like school certificates were accepted.
- Apply at Current Residence RTO
Drivers can now visit their nearest RTO based on current residence address, instead of place of birth certificate, for new learner’s license. This improves convenience.
- Extended License Renewal Period
The renewal window is now 1 year before and 1 year after expiry, up from 30 days earlier. However, fines apply if driving with an expired license. Renew promptly to avoid penalties.
- Roadworthy Vehicles for Driving Test
Cars/bikes must be fit for road use, with functional lights, mirrors, windshields etc. for license test drives. This new rule enhances road safety.
- Faster Dispatch of Licenses
New licenses will be dispatched within 1 month instead of 2-6 months earlier. This quickens the application process.
- Max 2 Vehicle Classes in Application
Applicants can now only apply for 2 vehicle classes together, and must wait 6 months – 1 year before applying for more.
- National Validity of Licenses
One Nation, One License ensures driving licenses issued in any state work across India. No more hassles in other states.
- Old Handwritten Licenses Invalid
Handwritten license certificates without barcode/chip are invalid. Drivers must replace them to avoid fines.
These changes standardize licensing across India for simplicity. Citizens should ensure compliance to avoid legal issues.
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