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Duplicate Driving Licence

A driver's licence is a mandatory requirement that acts like legal proof that permits you to drive your vehicle on public roads. There are chances of theft, misplacement, or loss of your driving licence when carrying it around. In such scenarios, you have to apply for a duplicate driving licence to avoid a heavy penalty. Driving a motor vehicle without a driving licence is a punishable offence. You can understand how to apply for a duplicate driving licence online & offline here. 

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How to Apply a Duplicate Driving Licence Online & Offline

The procedure of getting a duplicate licence is simple and quick.

You can apply for a duplicate driving licence in online and offline modes. Currently, the facility of getting an online duplicate driving licence is not available in all the states of India.

To check whether your state RTO renders this facility, you can visit the official RTO portal of your state.

The steps that you need to follow for getting a duplicate driving licence are 

  • Online

  • Visit the RTO portal and fill out the LLD application form.

  • Scan all the required documents and upload them along with the application form.

  • Get a printout of the LLD form.

  • Submit the form along with the important documents to the RTO that generated your driving license in the first place.

  • Within 30 days of LLD form submission, you will get your duplicate driving licence through speed post.

  • A receipt will be provided by the RTO that you can use as an alternative to your driving licence until you receive your duplicate DL.

  • Offline

  • Visit the RTO office which issued your driving licence originally.

  • Fill out the application form and submit it along with the required documents.

  • You will also have to submit documents mentioning the reason for the requirement for a duplicate driving licence.

  • You will be provided with a receipt by the RTO that you can use as an alternative to your driving licence until you receive the duplicate DL through speed post.

Details on LLD Form

To get a duplicate driving licence without any hassle, it is indeed important to be well aware of all the necessary details about the application procedure. Here are some major points of the same -

  • The applicant must fill in all primary details like name, mobile number, address, etc., in the application form, exactly written in the original driving license.

  • Along with the personal details, the applicant will also have to mention the reason for the requirement for a duplicate licence.

  • In case the original driving license was destroyed, torn, robbed, defaced, or lost, the applicant must have mentioned situations under which the incident happened.

  • The applicant will also have to enter details like the previous licence number, vehicle class of the original driving licence, licencing authority, etc.

  • The applicant will also have to submit a declaration saying that the original driving licence is not confiscated by any authority.

  • In case the applicant is applying via online mode, it is mandatory to submit the filled application form printout to the RTO office.

Conclusion

As a responsible citizen of the country, one must always carry their driving licence while riding a vehicle. In adverse situations where the licence is lost, damaged, etc., apply for a duplicate licence immediately. However, the applicant will have to pay a nominal amount as duplicate driving licence fees to the RTO. The RTO is currently developing its infrastructure to offer online services to the citizens in all the states of the country.

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FAQs on Duplicate Driving Licence

✔️What is the fee of getting a duplicate driving licence?

The fee of getting a duplicate driving licence is fixed by the RTO of the state and differs from state to state. The approximate fee amount is around Rs. 200. The fee also depends on the vehicle type you are applying for.

✔️Can I get a soft copy of my duplicate driving licence?

Yes, you can download a soft copy of your driving licence from the DigiLocker app. You just have to create an account and sign in using the mobile number that you used for duplicate driving licence registration and download a softcopy.

✔️In how many days will I get my duplicate driving licence?

You will receive your duplicate driving licence within 30 days after the entire application procedure is completed including submission of required documents.

✔️In which RTO should I apply for a duplicate driving licence?

You will have to apply for a duplicate driving licence to the same RTO office which issued your original driving licence. In case you are applying via online mode, it is mandatory to submit the hardcopy of the filled application form to the RTO office which issued your original driving licence.

✔️What are the documents required for getting a duplicate driving license?

Here is a list of all the documents required for getting a duplicate driving licence -

  • Copy of FIR (in case the original driving licence is stolen)

  • LLD application form

  • Copy of permanent license

  • 4 passport size photographs

  • Age proof documents

  • Identity proof documents

  • Address proof documents

  • Challan clearance report (in case of commercial vehicle licence)