What To Do If You Lose Your Driving License?

A driving license is one of the important identity proofs issued by the Indian authorities. One cannot simply apply for a new license if the previous one is lost. You need to inform the authorities immediately and then apply for a new one by filling the driving license online application form.

Here are the steps to follow after losing a driving license:

Step 1: Lodge a complaint

You need to file a report at a police station after you lose the license. This needs to be done in an area where you have lost the license. The jurisdiction handled by the police station should be relevant. Some Indian cities like Delhi, allow you to lodge a complaint about any lost items online. This has introduced convenience and transparency in the process.

Step 2: Get a stamped affidavit.

The second step after lodging a police complaint is to get an affidavit about the same. This will help you declare the lost license officially. The job of an affidavit is to prove that you took an oath before a notary public or any other relevant authority that you have indeed lost your license.

To get an affidavit made, you need to pay the required fees by consulting the notary and stamp officer regarding the cost.

What Is A Driving License And How To Get It?

A driving license is a license issued by the Indian authorities that permit you to drive a vehicle in India. If you drive any vehicle without it, you will have to face traffic fines and penalties. A driving license can be of any type depending upon the vehicle you wish to drive. You need to take specific training in order to get the corresponding driving license in your name.

The driving license is issued by the RTO office. One needs to follow a predefined procedure in order to apply and get the license. Interested people should first apply for a learning license, undergo training and then proceed to get the license.

The wave of digitization has impacted the license issuing process as well. It is now possible to apply for the license online. You need to first fill the driving license online form, submit your details and visit the RTO for an online exam. This exam will test your knowledge of the traffic rules and regulations in the country.

How To Apply For A Duplicate Driving License?

There are various situations in which you might feel the need to apply for a duplicate driving license. This situation could be a lost or a stolen driving license, torn or soiled license, etc. You can apply for a duplicate driving license at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) situated across the country. You will require the following documents in this case:

  • Application form LLD.
  • First Information Report (FIR). If your license was stolen or torn, you will require an NCR form.
  • You will have to present the original DL if it is torn, soiled or mutilated.
  • Photocopies of your original license
  • Details of the license
  • Passport size photographs
  • Age proof documents

The process of issuing your duplicate driving license will begin as soon you submit all the required documents. Visiting the RTO personally and initiating this process is an offline method. After recent changes pertaining to digitization, you can complete this process online as well. Here is how to apply for a duplicate driving license online:

  • Fill the driving license online form for duplicate license duly
  • Take a printout of the form, attach your recent passport-size photograph, sign the form
  • Upload the form and create a soft copy
  • Collect the required set of documents and submit them at the nearest RTO
  • Receive a receipt that is to be used instead of the driving license until you get the duplicate driving license via post

You will not be required to take the driving license test again when applying for a duplicate driving license.

Author: Eddy

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