Driving license, RC, permit, vehicle docs’ validity extended till March 2021 in light of Covid-19

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has extended the validity of vehicular documents like driver’s licenses (DLs), registration cards (RCs), and Permits till 31st Mach 2021 in light of the administrative issues following the Covid-19 pandemic. The Road Transport Ministry stated in a press communication that it has issued a directory to State and Union Territory administrations in this regard on Sunday, 27th December.

The Ministry had earlier issued advisories dated 30th March 2020, 9th June 2020, and 24th Aug 2020 regarding extension of validity of documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. In this advisory, it was declared that the validity of Fitness, Permits (all types), Licenses, Registrations, or any other concerned document(s) may be treated to be valid till 31st December 2020.

According to the statement, the new advisory says, “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.”

It adds, “Enforcement authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 31st March 2021. This will help citizens in availing transport related services while maintaining social distancing.”

The Road Transport Ministry stated that all the States and Union Territories are requested to implement this advisory in letter and spirit
so that the citizens, the transporters, and various other organisations which are operating under this difficult time during the Covid pandemic don’t face harassment or difficulties.


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