New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to extend the last date for updating driving licences and required documents of motor vehicles online till March 13, 2022, as after this no such exemptions will be made, as per an official statement.
The ministry has advised that all concerned documents including DL, registration certificate, permit- are to be updated online till March 12. Also this last chance has been given so that old driving licences can be uploaded online.
The transport department department has asked the District Transport Offices (DTO) across the country to update all the handwritten or documented DLs, that are in the form of booklets, online as soon as possible. The department says that the provision of backlog entry will be available only till March 12 on the Sarathi web portal of the central government. Therefore, from March 12 onwards, back log entry of driving license in handwritten form will not be possible.
This comes at the instructions of central government, as it makes it mandatory for all the driving license holders, who have been issued DLs in booklet or hand written form to get it updated online by 4 PM on March 12.
Know what will happen to the handwritten DLs now?
As it is very difficult to keep a handwritten document, DL being one of the very important documents always faces the risk of getting wet, tearing or the damage, however, there is no damage to a chip based DL as all the informations of the card holder are safe online. Therefore, the transport department has also issued an order to link the driving license and Aadhaar card.
The department has issued instructions that those who have driving licence, should get their details registered online on Central government’s Sarathi web portal otherwise, their license will not be renewed nor a duplicate license will be issued.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the union Ministry of Road transport and highways also repeatedly extended the date for many works related to RTO including driving license, registration certificate, permit, but no such extensions will be made now.
With this, the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) will no longer have to handle the learning licence, duplicate driving licence, renewal, address change, change of name and 05 services offline as these have been moved online.
Furthermore, RTO offices will now provide online services to the public to avoid crowds in these offices and to avoid middle persons. These services are now online for the public. The online services also aim to curb the menace of agents.
Notably before 2002, all DLs were issued in a handwritten booklet form. And their data was not available online. Applications are coming in for the speedy renewal of these licences that date back to a duration of 20 years.