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In the city of Surat, to freely drive your motor vehicle, it’s important for an individual to possess a driving license. The Transport Department of Surat functions as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1888 which clearly states the law of holding a driving license while plying a motor vehicle in public areas of Surat. The Regional Transport Office of Surat is entrusted with the responsibility of issuing driving license in the city.
A vehicle insurance policy is mandatory for every vehicle registered at Surat RTO as per The Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
The state of Surat issues a driving license on the basis of the type of vehicle an individual wants to drive.
Here is a list of types or driving license issued in Surat:
To be able to obtain a driving license in Surat, an applicant has to meet the below eligibility requirements:
On being eligible to obtain a driving license in Surat, the applicant will have to produce the below documents:
If you want to apply for a driving license in Surat, then you can do so by either following the online or offline procedure.
Online application process for obtaining a driving license in Surat
Offline application process for obtaining a driving license in Surat
You will have to follow the steps detailed below to apply for a driving license offline in Surat:
When the driving license is stolen, lost or damaged, then the transport department of Surat lets you obtain a duplicate driving license for which you will have to follow the below procedure:
Documents required for obtaining a duplicate Driving License in Surat
Procedure to apply for a Duplicate Driving License in Surat
An applicant can apply for a duplicate driving license online in Surat through parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/. The applicant will have to click on online services and then select driving license related services. The applicant will then to have to select services on driving license and then proceed with uploading the documents and paying the fees online. Then, the applicant will have to visit the RTO for verification of the documents on the basis of which the duplicate DL will be issued.
The applicant can also apply for a duplicate driving license offline directly to the RTO office. Form can be collected at the RTO office or can be downloaded online. rtosurat.gujarat.gov.in/rtosurat/CMS.aspx?content_id=2062. The form will have to be filled and submitted to the RTO office along with the required documents. Once the documents are verified, the applicant will receive the duplicate DL.
Once the driving license is obtained, an individual has to renew it on its expiry. A driving license issued in Surat is valid for a 20 years or till the age of 50, whichever is early for the applicant. On the expiry of the DL, the vehicle owner will have to renew it by following the below-mentioned process.
Procedure to apply for renewal of driving license in Surat
Driving license renewal in Surat can be done online through parivahan.gov.in or the applicant can directly apply at the RTO office. Once the application is processed, the applicant will have to visit the RTO office for verification of the documents. Once the documents are verified, the renewed DL will be issued to the applicant on the same day.
All the countries across the world who have signed the UN convention recognize the validity of an International driving license. An International driving permit is issued to an individual to drive a motor vehicle abroad.
Documents required for obtaining an International driving license in Surat
Procedure to apply for an International driving license in Surat
Applying for an International DL in Surat is easy as you can directly apply for it through parivahan.gov.in or can directly do the same from the RTO office. If applying online, you can submit the form online and also upload the documents online. If applying offline, you will have to collect the form from the RTO or can download it online through rtosurat.gujarat.gov.in/rtosurat/CMS.aspx?content_id=2062. The applicant will have to visit the RTO for verification of the documents and on the basis of it, the IDP will be issued to the applicant.
An applicant applying for a DL in Surat has to appear for a driving license test on the basis of which the DL will be issued to the applicant. On submitting the documents and paying the fess, the DL will be delivered to the applicant at his registered address. The test is conducted in presence of a motor vehicles inspector as per rule 15 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The applicant has to bring his own vehicle to appear for the test and is asked to drive along the tracks designed and his knowledge and familiarity with the vehicle and traffic rules and regulations is tested.
How can I check my driving license status in Surat?
Driving license status in Surat can be checked online on sarathi.nic.in:8443/nrportal/sarathi/HomePage.jsp or you can directly visit the RTO and inquire about the status.
What is the application fee for obtaining an International DL in Surat?
An applicant will have to pay an application fee of Rs. 1000 for obtaining an International DL in Surat.
Can I renew driving license after 5 years in Surat?
You cannot renew your driving license after 5 years. But the DL can be renewed within a period of 1 year by paying an additional fee of Rs. 50 per year.
What is the fee for adding another class of vehicle to the existing DL?
The fee for adding another class of vehicle to the existing DL is Rs. 50.
Can smart card DL be availed in Surat?
Yes, a smart card DL can be availed in Surat at an application fee of Rs. 200.