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Duplicate Driving licence and how to apply for it

According to the Motor Vehicles Act, Section 3, procuring a driving licence is mandatory in India. It asserts that driving unaccompanied by a driving licence in India is a serious offence. You are allowed to drive only the vehicle of the class pertaining to which you have your DL.

However, in case of theft or loss of your driving licence, you may require a new one. To avoid getting fined for driving without a valid driver’s licence and being liable to land pay a hefty fine, it is necessary that you apply for a duplicate driver's licence. The process to do so is simple and straightforward.


Duplicate driving licence in India

Regional Transport Offices throughout India provide you the benefit of appealing for a duplicate driver's licence in case your original permanent driving licence gets misplaced, stolen, or damaged.

The transport office that issued your permanent driving licence has the authority to issue you a duplicate driver's licence. One can procure a duplicate DL either online or offline, which is directly at the transport office.


Documents for duplicate driving licence

Here are the documents that you will need in case you need to apply for a duplicate driving licence.

  • You will need to submit a copy of an FIR (first information report) in case your permanent driving licence is stolen

  • The Application form specific to applying for a duplicate driver’s licence, form LLD

  • Copy of the permanent licence in case your original driving licence is stolen/lost.

  • 3-4 photographs

  • Age proof (any one or more of the following): Aadhar Card, PAN Card, SSLC Book, Voters ID

  • ID proof: Passport, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, or PAN Card, SSC certificate, certificate of transfer from school with DOB written on it

  • Residence proof: Rental/ lease agreement, Utility bill, Ration card copy, the bond of LIC policy, House lease agreement, Passport, Aadhar Card, proof of temporary address (electricity bill/ LPG bill)

  • In case of commercial vehicle licences, you are required to submit challan clearance report, which certifies that you do not have any unpaid dues or outstanding tickets


Online and Offline procedure to procure a duplicate driving licence

If you wish to apply for a duplicate driver's licence in India, you can do so either online or offline.

Applying for a duplicate driving licence online

Not all Indian states allow for the application of duplicate DL online. You can check your state’s rules to appeal for a duplicate DL on your state’s RTO website. To procure a duplicate driving licence online, you need to take these steps:

  • Duly fill the LLD form and submit it on the RTO website

  • Upload scan copy of all the required documents on the website

  • Print the LLD application form filled by you

  • At the transport office that originally issued your DL, submit the application form and the necessary documents

  • Once you submit the LLD form at the RTO office, you will receive your duplicate driving licence within 30 days via speed post.

  • A receipt on behalf of your driving licence will be provided to you until your duplicate licence arrives

Applying for a duplicate driving licence offline

You can choose this option if you do not want to apply online for your duplicate driving licence.

  • Visit the office that provided your permanent original DL

  • Duly fill and sign the application form procured from the RTO office

  • Attach the required documents that specify the reason why you require a duplicate licence

  • Submit your form with the documents

  • A receipt will be given to you you can be utilized on behalf of the driving licence until your duplicate licence arrives via speed post


Details on LLD Form

To procure a duplicate driving licence without any hassle, it is important that you know the maximum details about the procedure. Given below are some details on LLD Form that you will be required to fill.

  • Your complete name and address as it was in your permanent original driving licence

  • In the form, you are required to mention the reason for which you are claiming for a duplicate DL

  • If your driving license is torn, destroyed, lost, mutilated, or defaced, you are required to mention the circumstances under which it happened

  • Additionally, you are required to mention the licence number of your original driving license, class of the vehicle under which your licence was previously issued, licensing authority, and date of expiry of your original licence

  • A declaration by you that your original license is not confiscated by any other authority will be required

  • If you are applying online, you are required to print and submit the form to RTO after filling

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