Driving licence and vehicle document validity extended till June 30
With the coronavirus pandemic picking up steam again in parts of the country, the government has further extended the validity of driving licences and other vehicle documents to June 30, 2021. This is the fourth such extension since the pandemic began, the earlier deadlines being July 31, September 30 and December 31 of last year.
The documents covered under this are those mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. This includes driving licences, fitness certificates, vehicle registration documents and permits. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an advisory to states stating that these documents which have expired after February 1, 2020 be considered valid up to June 20, 2021.
The ministry has requested states to treat these documents as valid in 'letter and in spirit' and this will help road users keep using their road-based transport and prevent crowding at RTOs etc. In fact, the government recently moved a lot of RTOs services online to further reduce physical visits to RTOs.
The government has also said that this could be the last extension in validity it provides in the current situation, post which users will need to have their lapsed documents renewed as per the procedure. The previous extension had been up to March 31, 2021, which has been extended by another three months.