Driving License Status

Whether you are applying for a driving license for the first time or you’ve applied for renewal, you might want to know the status of your driving license. This driving license status helps you understand when it will be issued to you, for how long it is valid, when you might have to renew.

When you need to check your Driving License status of DL Status

For those who wish to go through the process of getting a driving license on their own, they may find it difficult to keep tabs on the situation, especially once the physical work at the RTO is completed.

Even after appearing for the driving test, it takes up to a month for the driving license to be processed. In certain states, candidates are not even informed if they have passed or not on the day of the test. Extended and untoward delays may also occur in the cases of renewal of licenses or issuing of duplicate licenses. Some instances where you may have to check your driving license status:

  • After clearing the test for the permanent driving license.
  • After applying for renewal of driving license.
  • After applying for duplicate driving license.
  • When awaiting approval on international license issue.

Facts to note regarding DL Status

  • 20 years after obtaining your permanent license, or when you reach the age of 50, it is required for you to renew your license. When applying for this renewal of license, in general, the expired license is seized and the renewed license provided on the same day. However, if this does not happen, you can check the DL status of your renewed license through the number on your renewal form.
  • After clearing the physical driving test, the permanent driving license usually takes around 30 days to be delivered. In case you feel as though an undue delay is being seen, you can check your DL Status online.
  • In certain cases, a driving license may be misplaced, stolen, or damaged to the extent where it cannot be used further. In such situations, duplicate licenses may be issued by the Road Transport Authority. In general, the new license should take less time than that taken for the original license, but may differ from state to state. If an extended period of time passes without notification, check the status of your license with the authorities immediately.
  • Almost all countries in the world recognize the validity of the international license issued in India for a period of around one year, during which the candidate is expected to apply for the permanent license of the country in question. Once all formalities have been completed, you can check the details of your DL status online.

How to check the Status of Driving License

There are different ways through which you can check the status of your driving license and thereby avoid any unnecessary confusion.

  1. Go to the RTO specified for your area, where you would have taken your test, and check your status with the staff by providing your application number or learner’s license number.
  2. Alternatively, you can now check your driving license status online, by visiting the official Road Transport Authority website for your state.
  3. There will be a tab present on the homepage regarding ‘DL Status’ that will redirect you to a link where you can track your DL status.
  4. In the link that appears, enter your application number, and the verification they will ask for, such as date of birth.
  5. Once you submit, your driving license status should be displayed on the screen.

Frequently Asked Questions on Driving License

  1. Who issues the driving license?

A driving license is issued through the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, granted through the numerous RTOs situated across the country. These road transport offices are solely responsible for issuing, renewing, and making any necessary changes to your driving license. To avoid getting duped by dubious agents, going to the RTO yourself and completing all the processes in person is truly the only way to ensure the authenticity of your license.

  1. Who can apply for a driving license?

A license is issued to a person who has adequate knowledge of the functioning of the road and transport system.

  • Prior to obtaining the driving license, a learning license is issued for a temporary period during which you are expected to learn how to drive the motorized vehicle completely.
  • A learning license is generally valid only in the state of issue, whereas a permanent driving license is valid across the country.
  • The minimum requirement to obtain a driving license is 16 years of age for two wheeler vehicles, and 18 years of age for four wheeled vehicles.
  • Any able bodied citizen, regardless of gender, caste, etc. can obtain a license in India.
  • Commercial licenses are generally issued for those above the age of 20 only.
  1. For which all driving licenses I can check the DL status?

Different licenses are issued for different vehicles. These different vehicles are as follows:

  1. Two wheel vehicle without gears.
  2. Two wheel vehicle with gears.
  3. Four wheel vehicle (geared / automatic).
  4. Commercial vehicle.
  5. Transport vehicle.

After clearing the driving test at your local RTO, you can follow up about the status of your driving license (for either of the type) online.

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