Team AckoOct 20, 2022
Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is where you can still find traditional modes of transport such as trams, hand-pulled rickshaws, etc. But over time, the city has also adopted more advanced modes of transport. Hence, you can see all kinds of motor vehicles on the roads. But to drive/ride a motor vehicle in Kolkata, you need to have a valid Driving Licence (DL) as mandated by The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
A DL comes with limited validity, so you need to get it renewed when the time comes. The Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) handle Driving Licence renewal in Kolkata, and this article will tell you how to go about it.
Follow these steps for Driving Licence renewal online in Kolkata city.
Step 1: Download Form 2 for DL renewal via the Parivahan Sewa portal.
Step 2: Duly complete the application with your details.
Step 3: Go to the Parivahan portal and choose “Online Services” at the top of the home page.
Step 4: Click “Driving Licence Related Services” and pick “West Bengal” from the state list.
Step 5: You can choose the service called “Apply for Driving Licence Renewal”.
Step 6: Read all the information, then choose “Continue”.
Step 7: Type your Date of Birth as well as the Driving Licence digits.
Step 8: Write the Captcha code as visible on the screen and “Proceed”.
Step 9: Select the smart card option for your Driving Licence.
Step 10: Upload the filled-out application form and other necessary documents.
Step 11: Submit the required amount via a preferred payment gateway.
Step 12: Collect the receipt and wait for the Kolkata RTO officials to complete the verification of documents.
Once the verification is completed successfully, the authorities will renew your DL.
Follow these steps to renew your Driving Licence offline in Kolkata city.
Step 1: Visit your nearest Kolkata Regional Transport Office (RTO).
Step 2: Request Form 2 and fill it out for DL renewal.
Step 3: Submit your application backed by supporting documents.
Step 4: Provide fees for the process and obtain a receipt along with your unique application number.
Also, read: All about Regional Transport Offices in India
Here are the documents required for a DL renewal application in Kolkata.
Form 2 filled out for Driving Licence renewal (Download via Parivahan Sewa)
Form 1A for the medical certificate by a professional (for applicants older than 40 years and transport DL applicants)
Proof of residential address and age (self-attested copies)
Copy of the expired DL
Two passport-size photos
Receipt of the submitted application fee
Here are the steps you can use to schedule your DL renewal appointment with Kolkata RTO.
Step 1: Choose “West Bengal” as your state via the online portal of Sarathi Parivahan.
Step 2: Select “Appointments”.
Step 3: Pick “LL/DL Service Slot Booking” under the “Slot Booking” tab.
Step 4: Give the required information, such as your Application Number, Date of Birth, and enter the Captcha code.
Step 5: Select “Submit” to select an appointment slot.
On the date and time slot of your appointment, visit the Kolkata RTO with the required documents and your payment receipt for the application.
The following table shows the DL renewal fees in Kolkata.
|Service||Fees (in Rs.)|
|DL renewal for transport vehicle drivers||250|
|DL renewal after the grace period||300|
|Additional payable fine per year of expiry or a fraction thereof||1000|
|Smart card for DL||200 (in addition to the regular charges)|
The grace period is a duration of 30 days after DL expiry. You can apply for renewal during the grace period without having to pay any penalty. After that, the renewal fee increases from Rs. 250 to Rs. 300. Moreover, you will have to pay Rs. 1,000 as added charges per year from the date of expiry.
You can check the status of your DL renewal application following these steps online.
Step 1: Go to Sarathi Parivahan portal and choose “West Bengal”.
Step 2: Click on “Appointment Status” and fill in the requested details.
Step 3: Select “Submit” to know the status of your Driving Licence renewal application.
Renewing your Driving Licence is essential in Kolkata for these reasons.
Driving/riding a motor vehicle without a valid DL is an offence and can lead to a fine of up to Rs. 5,000 in Kolkata.
Failing to renew DL for 5 years will require you to apply as a new applicant and go through the procedure again.
Only a valid DL can serve as proof of identity.
The validity of a DL in Kolkata is 20 years or when the person crosses the age of 40 years (whatever comes first). However, a DL for transport vehicles stays valid for 5 years.
In case of an expired Learner Licence (LL), follow these steps to apply for a new one in Kolkata.
Step 1: Via the Parivahan portal, go to “Driving Licence Related Services” using the “Online Services” tab.
Step 2: Select your state (West Bengal) and choose the option “Apply for Learner Licence”.
Step 3: Read instructions and press “Continue”.
Step 4: Select “Applicant holds Learner Licence” and enter the requested information (LL number, date of birth).
Step 5: Complete the application process by paying the required fee.
Following are questions and answers to help you renew DL in Kolkata.
Yes, the DL renewal fee will change from Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 if you apply after the offered grace period. Moreover, there is a penalty of Rs. 1,000 set for every delayed year from the licence expiration date.
You can apply for DL renewal within 5 years of licence expiration without having to give any driving test. However, after 5 years, you will be considered a new applicant and will be required to pass a driving test.
A Medical Certificate will be mandatory if you are 40 years old and applying for non-transport DL renewal. However, people applying for transport vehicle Driving Licence renewal must provide a Medical Certificate regardless of their age.
As per the Parivahan website, you can’t renew a Learning Licence, but you can apply for a new one after its expiration.
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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