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There are specific rules followed in India regarding driving a car on the road. To carry a valid driving licence (DL) is one such mandatory rule. Equally important is to keep the address up-to-date by changing the address on the driving licence.
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In this post, let us look at the step-by-step guide to making address changes to the Driving Licence and other relevant inputs.
The address on your driving licence can be changed or updated through:
The process of changing the address on your driving licence online saves time and effort and is a hassle-free digital procedure.
Here are the steps to follow for a change of address via the online method:
Step-1: To change their address on DL online, applicants can visit the Sarathi Parivahan website at https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in
Step-2: On the homepage, select the tab of “state” of residence
Step-3: You will be redirected to a page with different services on DL https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice/sarathiHomePublic.do
Step-4: Here, you can select the “Apply for Change of Address” option and click on it
Step-5: You will land on a page with instructions for application submission for changing address on your DL
Step-6: Read the instructions and click on the ‘Continue’ button to proceed further
Step-7: On the next page that appears, enter your DL number, date of birth, and captcha code. Click on the tab “Get DL Details”
Step-8: Next, select RTO and the State and continue further by clicking on the ‘Proceed’ button
Step-9: You will reach a page with details like mobile number, email ID, blood group, qualification, and other categories as required. Submit/confirm the information displayed
Step-10: Find the address details on the same page, make changes as required, and click on the ‘Confirm’ button
Step-11: You will receive a pop-up notification from Sarathi.Parivahan.gov.in mentioning the address that will be printed on your DL (Smart Card). Confirm the address and click on the ‘OK’ button
Step-12: On the next page, select the change in services of the DL (in this case, address change) from a list of services mentioned
Step-13: Go ahead by clicking on the ‘Proceed’ button. On the next page, fill in your present and permanent address details and click on “Confirm”
Step-14: You will see a “Data accepted successfully’ message
Step-15: Fill in the ‘Self-Declaration’ that appears on the next page and click on the ‘submit’ button
Step-16: You will receive a message about your application being submitted successfully
Step-17: Next, you have to upload the supporting documents as required (mentioned below in the post). Once done, click on the “confirm” button
Step-18: You can see the message of successful document upload on the screen that appears. Click on ‘Next’ to proceed further and make the payment
Step-19: Use your preferred payment gateway to make the necessary payment as mentioned on the screen. Authenticate with OTP for successful payment
Here, it is important to note that linking the Aadhaar card of the applicant with their DL is very important. Though the exact process of linking Aadhaar with DL might differ depending on the State/UT you reside in, the basic procedure will be more or less similar. Also, don’t forget to use your digital signatures for authentication.
Steps to change the address on DL through the offline method:
(NOC is mandatorily required in case of change in the state of residence, whereas CC is needed if you have changed your town or city within the same state)
It takes about 30 – 60 days for the new DL with the changed address to reach you after applying. To locate your nearest RTO, you can visit the transport dept. websites of your state/union territory.
Also Read: Types of Driving Licenses in India
Here is the list of documents required to change the address on your DL:
When applying for the DL address change online, make sure to have all the documents required handy for uploading in the exact jpeg/jpg form mentioned. Similarly, if you prefer to visit the RTO to make the changes, you must gather all the required documents beforehand and keep them in one place to avoid missing any important paper.
A fee of INR 200 is charged to change the address on the Driving Licence. However, it may vary depending on the RTO and the online and offline mode used to change the address.
The processing time required for the update to take effect is normally 30 working days from the date of processing the application. It may, however, vary from RTO to RTO. Generally, you should receive your DL with the new address within 30-60 working days.
Hence, it is essential to change the address on your DL if you move to a different city/location permanently or for a long duration.
In such cases, it is recommended to visit the nearest RTO and get the query resolved. You may have to apply once again for the address change procedure if there is a major error in it.
Similarly, you may face issues like;
To resolve these issues, you will have to approach your RTO’s helpdesk. You must carry the original documents while visiting the RTO for the particular query.
Here are some commonly asked FAQs related to changing your address on a driving licence:
1. What if I don’t change/update the address on my DL?
If you fail to update your address on your DL, you may have issues in receiving notifications, challans/penalties, as well as may face ID tracing issues during emergencies.
2. Is the option to check the application status for the address change on DL available online?
Yes, this option of checking application status online for the address change on DL is available.
3. How many days does it take to change the address on my DL?
Though the time required to change the address in DL differs as per the RTO you are applying, it usually takes about 30 days.
4. Within how many days one must apply for a change in address on DL after moving into a new place?
One may apply within 14 days for an address change in DL after moving into a new location.
5. Can an individual change the address on DL if they move to a different state in India?
Yes, you can easily change your address on your driving licence if you move from one Indian state to another.
Once you apply for the address change on your driving licence, you must keep abreast with the status of the application. You can easily do this online without paying a penny. You can either visit the official portal of your state transport department or go to the Parivahan Seva portal.
Here are the steps to follow:
Besides, you may also visit the official website of your state’s transport department and choose the DL/LL (learner’s licence) registration button. Next, select the ‘know your application’ status and click on it. Submit the application number on the page that appears next, and click on the submit button. You can see the status of the application on the screen that appears.
Also, you must inform your insurance provider about the address change to keep them updated with the new address. You may also update any other relevant agencies on the address change to avoid any hassle in the future.
Changing address is not a tedious task if you know the procedure well and if you prefer to change the address on your licence online to get the procedure done. Having all the required documents handy is important to avoid any mistakes while processing the change of address and uploading the documents.
Your DL is a very crucial document that you must carry while driving. It also serves as your identity during any emergency on the road. Your DL is further significant to receive notifications and other government notices. Hence, keeping the address on your DL up-to-date is crucial, and everyone must carry out this process promptly.
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