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Driving License Application Status: What You Need to Know?

Having a driving license is extremely important if you want to ply your motor vehicle on Indian roads. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 makes it mandatory for you to obtain a driving license before you set out to drive with your favourite set of wheels.

Driving license is one of the most important documents you can possess as it gives you the legal freedom to go anywhere, anytime. But as good things take time to come, waiting for your driving license (DL) can also be time-consuming. If you have applied for a driving license for the first time or have applied for a renewal, then here is how you can check your driving license status.

Checking driving license status helps you understand how long your DL will take to arrive; it also lets you check the validity of your license and lets you know when it is subjected for renewal.

How to Check Driving License Application Status

You can check your driving license application status in an easy way by making use of your application number. Driving license status can be checked offline and online too. You can visit your nearest regional transport office or can check the status by logging in to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website ‘Sarathi’.

Here's a detailed online process to help understand how you can initiate your driving license status inquiry:

  • Visit the official website of your official road transport authority website/ state’s vehicle transport department. Make sure you visit the right website as each state has a different website that lets you check your driving license status.

  • After visiting the website, on the homepage, you will come across ‘DL status’ tab that will redirect you to a link that lets you check your DL status.

  • On clicking the link, on the left-hand side of the page, you will come across an option ‘driving license’.

  • Click on ‘apply online tab’ and choose ‘application status’ from the various options provided.

  • On choosing ‘application status’ you will have to enter application number and date of birth.

  • On entering these details, your driving license status will be displayed on the screen.

    You can also check the status of your driving license offline by going through the below process:

  • You can visit the regional transport office where you gave your test and can check the status of your driving license application with an RTO official. You will have to give the RTO official your application number/driving license number and he will then tell you the status of your application.

Facts to Know about Driving License Status

  • It is important to know that usually your driving license is delivered to your doorstep in a month after you have cleared the DL test.

  • RTO generally dispatches your driving license in two weeks.

  • Before applying for a driving license, you must have a learner's license, without which you cannot apply for a driving license.

  • A driving license, from the date of issue, is applicable for 20 years or until the age of 50, whichever is the earliest.

  • Whenever you apply for a driving license renewal, your expired license is seized and a renewed driving license is issued to you on the same day. But if that does not happen, you can check your driving license renewal status online by following the same procedure for driving license application status check.

  • In driving license renewal status check, you will have to enter the number mentioned on your application form.

  • In case, your driving license is stolen, misplaced or damaged, then you can get a duplicate driving license by applying for a new license or by visiting the nearest RTO office and getting a form for the same.

  • Generally, issuance of a new license does not take much time as compared to getting the original license. The time taken for issuance of duplicate driving license differs from state to state. But still, if you think that too much of time has passed, then you can check the status of your duplicate driving license by visiting the nearest RTO office or checking the status online.

  • An international driving license issued in India is accepted by countries all over the world. If you are planning an international trip, then apply for a driving license a month in advance. On completion of all the formalities, you can check the status of your International driving license online.

  • Driving license is usually delivered via post to your registered address. So if you are not at home, then make sure there is someone who can collect your driving license on your behalf. The person collecting your driving license should have valid ID proof and should also have all your documentation proof.

How to Check Registration Certificate (RC) Status

A registration certificate is a document that is issued when you register your vehicle. It is a valid proof that states that your vehicle belongs to you. Just like running a vehicle on Indian roads with a valid DL is mandatory, similarly it’s important for you to register your vehicle.

If you are caught driving on Indian roads without a valid RC, then you can be imprisoned or fined for the same.

In case, if you have purchased a second-hand vehicle then it’s necessary you get its ownership transferred under your name.

You can check your registration certificate status online by following the below steps:

  • Log into parivahan.gov.in
  • Click on the ‘online services’ tab on the homepage
  • Then click on ‘know your vehicle details' tab and you will be redirected to a page that will let you check your RC status
  • To check your registration status certificate status, you will have to enter your vehicle registration number and click on ‘submit’
  • Your RC status will now be displayed on the screen

Vehicle Registration Status

Motor vehicle registration is the registration of your motor vehicle with the Government of India. All motorised vehicles in India are provided with a registration number that helps the RTO uniquely identify the owner of the vehicle.

In India, driving a motor vehicle without a registration number is illegal. The vehicle registration process in India is carried out by the regional transport office.

To check your vehicle registration status, you will have to follow the below process:

  • Visit vahan.nic.in
  • Enter your vehicle number and the verification code
  • And then click on vehicle status tab to procure the details

FAQs on Driving License Status

Can I check driving license status for all types of vehicle?

Yes, you can check driving license status for all types of vehicle.

For what type of vehicle can I check driving license status?

You can check driving license status for the below types of vehicles:

  • Commercial vehicle
  • Transport vehicle
  • Two-wheelers with gear and without gear
  • Four-wheelers - both geared and automatic

Is there any particular time during which I can check the status of my driving license online?

You can check your driving license status online during any hour of the day.

Do I have to pay any fees for checking my driving license status online or offline?

No, you do not have to pay any fees for checking your driving license status online or offline too.

On the Sarathi website, do I need to enter my other details such as name, phone number etc to check my driving license status application?

No, you do not need to enter your name or phone number to check your driving license status online. You only need to enter your application number and date of birth.

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