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Validity of driving licence, vehicle registration certificate extended till March 31, 2021

The validity extension will apply to all documents that were supposed to expire on February 1, 2020, and those that would expire by March 31, 2021.

December 27, 2020 / 04:20 PM IST
Driving licence validity extended to March 31, 2021

Driving licence validity extended to March 31, 2021

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways announced on December 27 that the validity of driving licence (DL) and other related documents such as registration certificate, fitness certificate, and permits will be extended till March 31, 2021.

The validity extension will apply to all documents that were supposed to expire on February 1, 2020, and those that would expire by March 31, 2021.

A directory issued to states and union territories in this regard reads: “Taking into consideration the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is further advised that the validity of all of the above referred documents may be treated to be valid till 31st March 2021. This covers all documents whose validity has expired since 1st February 2020 or would expire by 31st March 2021.”

The Centre’s advisory states that this move will “help citizens avail of transport-related services while maintaining social distancing."

Notably, this is the fourth time the Centre has extended the validity of important documents in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country. On August 24, the government had extended the validity of vital vehicle papers till December 31, 2020, which have now been extended to March 31, 2021.

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Similar advisories were issued by the Road Transport Ministry prior to August also -- March 30 and June 09 – to extend the validity of documents related to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
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