Can’t renew your driving licence or RC? Big update for expired, expiring documents

If the validity of your driving licence or registration certificate (RC) or other motor vehicle documents including the fitness certificate is expiring or has expired, then you do not need to panic. You can get it renewed by the end of this month. In wake of the second wave of COVID-19, the government had issued an order that all these documents will be valid till September 30.

Earlier, the validity of all these documents was expiring on June 30. Crores of people will get a big relief from this step of the government.

According to the order issued by the Ministry of Road and Transport, any of these documents which were expired on February 1, 2020, and could not be renewed due to lockdown restrictions, will now be considered valid till September 30, 2021. An order in this regard has been issued by the ministry to all the concerned departments. They have been told that due to this, citizens should not face any problem in transport-related services. All the states and union territories have been asked to implement this with immediate effect so that the transporters and other organizations working in this difficult time do not face any kind of harassment or trouble.

It may be noted that in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the government had increased the validity of documents like driving licence, RC and fitness certificate many times. Earlier, advisories were also issued by the Ministry of Road and Transport on 30 March-2020, 9 June-2020, 24 August-2020, 27 December-2020, 26 March-2021. The government says that due to the restrictions of the lockdown, the transportation and production of essential goods should go on smoothly, so the validity of these papers has been extended. When the government came to know that citizens are facing problems in the renewal of motor vehicle documents, the government has decided to increase their validity.

At present, the process of making driving licences has started in many states including UP, but only new licenses are being made now. Renewal of licence, learning license may have to wait for some time. The validity of the expired motor vehicle documents was ending on June 30, after which there were apprehensions in the minds of people as to how they would get the documents of their vehicles in the future. This decision of the government is will bring relief to crores of people.


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