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Duplicate Driving Licence

Obtaining a driving license is a must in India. Section 3 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 states that no person is allowed to drive a motor vehicle in public areas unless he has a valid driving license. Driving a car or riding a two-wheeler or any other type of motor vehicle without a valid DL is illegal. Any individual holding a driving license is enabled to drive a motor vehicle pertaining to a particular class type mentioned in his/her driving license.

Having a driving license not only allows you to legally ride your motor vehicle, but also provides you with a document that acts as your identity proof. But what if you lose your driving license? What if you misplace it? How will you drive your motor vehicle? What if you are caught driving without a DL? You can be a part of many such instances that can land you behind bars or you can also get fined in case you are driving your motor vehicle without a valid DL.

But you don’t have to worry about it as this guide to getting a duplicate driving license can put an end to all your worries.

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What is a duplicate driving license?

A duplicate driving license is a copy of your existing DL that is issued to you in case your driving license is stolen, torn or misplaced. RTO offices all across India are given the authority to issue a duplicate driving license to an individual whose original license is torn, misplaced or stolen.

A duplicate driving license can be issued from the same RTO that issued your original license. You can get a duplicate driving license offline and online too.

Documents required for obtaining a duplicate driving license

In case if you want to procure a duplicate driving license, then here is a list of documents you will require. The list of documents can vary depending on your state RTO office department.

  • In case if the driving license is lost or stolen, then you will have to submit a first information report (FIR)
  • Application form (LLD) i.e. the form for information of loss or destruction of driving license and application for duplicate
  • In case if the license is torn or mutilated then you will have to submit an original copy of the license
  • Details of the driving license
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Age and address proof documents
  • Photocopies of the original driving license

You will be required to submit the below age and address proof documents

Age proof (Any one):

  • Birth certificate
  • Pan card
  • Passport
  • SSC certificate
  • School transfer certificate with the date of birth printed on it

Address proof (Any one):

  • Permanent address proof:
  • House agreement
  • LIC policy bond
  • Voters ID card
  • Ration card
  • Electricity bill issued in applicant name
  • Aadhar Card
  • Passport
  • Temporary address proof (Registered Rental agreement and LPG bill/electricity bill)

How to apply for a duplicate driving license in India?

If you are looking to apply for a duplicate driving license in India, then here is how you can get a DL online or offline.

How to apply for a duplicate driving license online?

RTO department of some states let you obtain a duplicate driving license online. To know if your state RTO office provides you with this facility, all you need to do is look up for your state transport department’s website and check if you can avail a duplicate DL online.

You need to follow the below steps for obtaining a duplicate driving license online:

  • Visit your state transport department’s website
  • Fill and submit the LLD form that can be procured online.
  • Take a print out of the duly filled form and attach all the necessary documents
  • You will then have to submit the form and the required documents at the RTO office which had issued your original driving license.
  • Once the formalities are complete, your duplicate driving license will be sent to your registered address.
  • You will also receive a receipt that can be used in lieu until the time you don’t get your duplicate driving license.

How to apply for duplicate driving license offline?

If you don’t wish to go for the online duplicate driving license procedure, then you can easily get a duplicate driving license offline by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the RTO office that issued your original driving license
  • Ask the RTO officials to give you form LLD that is the application form for getting a duplicate driving license
  • Fill the form completely and attach all the supporting documents
  • You will have to pay the nominal fees of Rs. 200 for your driving license application to be processed.
  • Once the application procedure is complete, you will receive a receipt which can be used till the time you do not receive your duplicate driving license.

FAQs on duplicate driving license?

What information do we have to give in the application form for duplicate DL?

In the application form for duplicate driving license i.e. form LLD you will have to mention the following details:

  • Enter your full name and address as you have mentioned in your original driving license
  • Give out a reason stating why you need a duplicate driving license. If the license was torn, mutilated, stolen or lost, then mention the circumstances due to which the loss happened.
  • Then fill in basic details such as your driving license number, your name, address, licensing authority, vehicle class, the expiry date of the license and others
  • You will also have to give a declaration stating your driving license was not impounded by any authority
  • Sign the application form and mention the place and date

Can I get a duplicate learner’s driving license?

Yes, you can get a duplicate learner’s driving license.

Is there any validity of duplicate driving license?

No, there is no such validity of a duplicate driving license as the information in your duplicate DL is the same as your original DL. Ideally, a driving license is valid for 20 years from the date of issue or until the age of 50, whichever is earlier.

Will I have to give a driving test for getting a duplicate driving license?

No, you will not have to give a driving test for obtaining a duplicate driving license.

I had got my original driving license from Kolkata RTO but now I am residing in Mumbai and have lost my DL, so can I get a duplicate driving license from Mumbai RTO?

No, you can get a duplicate driving license only from the RTO that issued you an original DL.

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