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Driving license expired? No worries till September 30th

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  • Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has extended the validity of driving license till September 30

  • This is the second extension, earlier the validity of the motor vehicle documents was extended till June 30

New Delhi: While you were waiting for the threat of COVID-19 to ease off to get your driving license renewed, here is a piece of good news for you. The union government has extended the validity of motor vehicle documents further till September 30, 2020. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari today announced the further extension of the validity date of motor vehicle documents. Accordingly, MoRTH has issued an advisory to all States and UTs to this effect on Tuesday only. Earlier, MoRTH had issued an advisory on March 30, 2020, to all States and Union Territories wherein it was advised that the validity of Fitness, Permit (all types), Driving License, Registration or any other concerned document whose extension of validity could or not likely be granted due to lock-down and which had expired since Feb 01, 2020, or would expire till 30 June 2020, the same to be treated to be valid till June 30, 2020.

However, considering the situation for prevention of COVID-19 still continues, and as per the requests received, Gadkari directed his Ministry to issue advisory for extension of this period till 30th Sept 2020 for treating the documents valid for enforcement purposes.

Later, in order to facilitate citizens during period and conditions for prevention for  COVID-19, MoRTH had also issued a gazette notification on May 21, 2020, relaxing the fees validity and /or additional fee under Rule 32 or Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, till July 31, 2020.

Now, the States and the Union Territories have also been further requested to consider provisions available under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 or other such provisions available under other Acts, for considering relaxation in requirement of a permit, or fees or taxes for renewal/penalty for permits etc to provide relief during these extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19.

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