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How to Renew Driving Licence in Karnataka?

Team AckoApr 19, 2024

Karnataka is one of the fastest-developing states in India. Bengaluru, the state's capital, has become the IT hub of the country. Many people from all over the country move to Karnataka every year to leverage the increasing opportunities in the capital city and other locations in the state. And the more people, the more the number of motor vehicles on the roads. If you drive a vehicle in this state, make sure to hold a valid Driving Licence (DL) and have valid car/bike insurance for your vehicle. 

As per The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the state RTO is liable to collect hefty fines from people driving/riding vehicles with an expired DL. You can avoid such a penalty by applying for licence renewal before it expires. This article will help you understand the process of Driving Licence renewal in Karnataka.




Steps for Driving Licence renewal online in Karnataka

Here is how you can go about DL renewal online in Karnataka.

  • Step 1: Visit the official Karnataka Transport website.

  • Step 2: Click on the “Parivahan” tab and select “Driving Licence Related Services”.

  • Step 3: When redirected to Sarathi Parivahan, choose “Apply for DL renewal”.

  • Step 4: On the new screen, you can go through the application-related details, then click on  “Continue” at the bottom.

  • Step 5: Add your date of birth and Driving Licence digits before filling the Captcha code and clicking on “Get DL Details”.

  • Step 6: Go through the details of your DL, then press “Yes”. 

  • Step 7: Select “Submit Request” and follow up by clicking on “Karnataka” as your state.

  • Step 8: Select your local RTO. In case you choose an RTO different from where you got your original DL, there will be additional charges involved for the process of change of address. 

  • Step 9: Move to “Renewal of DL” and upload your application along with other documents. 

  • Step 10: Submit the necessary fees and take a printout of the receipt. 

The authorities at the local RTO will issue a renewed Driving Licence once the verification of documents is done.

Also, read: All about Regional Transport Offices in India

Steps for offline Driving Licence renewal in Karnataka

Follow these steps to renew Driving Licence offline in Karnataka.

  • Step 1: Pay a visit to your local RTO and request a Driving Licence renewal form.

  • Step 2: Enter your details on the application form and prepare all the documents.

  • Step 3: Submit the duly filled form and other documents at the RTO office.

  • Step 4: Make the payment for the process in cash and obtain an acknowledgement receipt. 

  • Step 5: The authorities will conduct document verification before issuing your renewed Driving Licence. 

Documents required for DL renewal in Karnataka

Usually, the following documents are requested at the time of Driving Licence renewal in Karnataka.

  • Form 2 (Application for Driving Licence renewal)

  • Form 1A (Medical Certification if you are applying at the age of 40 years)

  • Form 1 (Physical fitness self-declaration form)

  • Age and address proof (Birth Certificate, Aadhaar Card)

  • Passport-sized photos (2, recently clicked)

  • Original copy of Driving Licence

  • Receipt of fee payment

DL renewal Karnataka: How to schedule an appointment online

To book an appointment for DL-related services in Karnataka, you can follow these steps.

  • Step 1: Visit the Karnataka Transport portal and move to “Driving Licence Related Service” under the “Parivahan” option. 

  • Step 2: On the new screen, choose the “Appointments” section.

  • Step 3: Select “LL/DL Services Slot Booking” under the “Slot Booking” drop-down menu.

  • Step 4: Provide your application details and birth date, and enter the captcha code to book an appointment.

Driving Licence renewal fees in Karnataka

Refer to the below-mentioned list of fees related to DL renewal service in Karnataka.

DL renewal service in Karnataka Fees (in Rs.)
Renewal of Driving Licence (DL) 200
Renewal of DL (beyond grace period) 300
Additional fine for each delayed year (from the date of DL expiry) 1000
Additional charges for smart card Driving Licence 200

Grace period for renewal of Driving Licence in Karnataka

You get a grace period of 30 days after DL expiry to apply for renewal in Karnataka. After this period, the charges for the same process increase from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300. Moreover, you have to pay a penalty of Rs. 1,000 for every year of delay in submitting your application. 

How to check Driving Licence renewal status in Karnataka

You can track the status of your DL renewal in Karnataka online by following these steps.

  • Step 1: Visit the Sarathi Parivahan platform online and select “Karnataka”.

  • Step 2: Click on the tab called “Application Status”.

  • Step 3: Add details related to your application, enter the verification code and “Submit” to get the status.

Why should you apply for DL renewal in Karnataka?

These are some of the main reasons to renew your Driving Licence in Karnataka.

  • It is illegal to drive/ride a motor vehicle after your DL expires. Hence, you may have to pay a hefty fine when caught doing so.

  • A DL is usable as an identification proof only when it is valid. 

  • If you delay the process of applying for licence renewal more than the grace period, the process will require additional charges than usual.

Validity of a Driving Licence in Karnataka

The following are the validity details of a Driving Licence obtained in Karnataka.

  • For a non-transport vehicle, a DL issued to a citizen remains valid for 20 years starting from the date of issuance or until the holder grows to 40 years of age. 

  • For a transport vehicle, a DL issued to a citizen remains valid for 5 years. 

Learner’s Licence renewal in Karnataka

In case of an expired Learning Licence, you can apply for a new one in Karnataka. Here are the steps to help you with the application process. 

  • Step 1: Via the Parivahan platform online, pick “Driving Licence Related Services” under “Online Services”.

  • Step 2: Pick “Karnataka” from the list, then move to the option called “Apply for Learner Licence”.

  • Step 3: Select “Continue” once you read the instructions, then choose “Applicant holds Learner Licence”.

  • Step 4: Provide details as requested and “Submit” to initiate the process.

Frequently asked questions

Here are several common questions related to the renewal of DL in Karnataka.



What if I apply for DL renewal after a year of expiry in Karnataka?

If applying for DL renewal after a year, you will have to take the driving test as a new applicant and pay additional charges to get a DL. 

Is it necessary to produce a Medical Certificate for DL renewal in Karnataka?

The requirement for a Medical Certification depends on your age at the time of applying for a non-transport DL in Karnataka. Only people over 40 years of age need to produce this certificate while applying for licence renewal. However, applicants looking for a transport vehicle Driving Licence renewal must present this certificate with their application.

What is the difference between DL renewal fees in Karnataka before and after the grace period?

While a regular fee for DL renewal in Karnataka is Rs. 200, you will need to pay Rs. 300 if applying after the grace period.

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Disclaimer: The information mentioned on this page is compiled from different websites and government sources. The information may be updated from time to time. Hence, please refer to the respective government websites and verify before making any RTO-related decisions.


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