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Old 5th October 2017, 11:58   #16
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The new license is not a SmartCard. It is a laminated colour printout slightly larger than credit card.
Went through your thread. Understand you did this in 2014. Does Kerala MVD still issue just a laminated card and not a smart card ? I actually am in Singapore and went to convert my India license to a SG license ( this is allowed here ). But the only glitch was that they mentioned that my India license has to be a smart card.
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Went through your thread. Understand you did this in 2014. Does Kerala MVD still issue just a laminated card and not a smart card ? I actually am in Singapore and went to convert my India license to a SG license ( this is allowed here ). But the only glitch was that they mentioned that my India license has to be a smart card.
AFAIK, it is still not implemented, due to legal issues. Here are some news about the launch and subsequent stay by the HC

http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle8269998.ece

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/natio...igh-court.html
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Looks like Kerala Govt has found its way to implement the license card.

http://www.manoramaonline.com/news/l...o-plastic.html
(In Malayalam)

The news says that the new plastic card incorporates QR Code, Hot stamped hologram, guilloche pattern, etc.

Surprisingly there is no mention of "smart card", so it looks like the new card will not have a chip? (and thereby avoiding the litigation with the company that bagged the order earlier ?).

Actually the chip is not really required in the current scenario, as long as the card cannot be duplicated. Wonder if any state that has the smart card is actively utilizing the chip for any purpose.
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Actually the very first Driving Licence for LMV I got in October 2004 from my Licensing Authority - RTO Trivandrum - KL-01 was a plastic card. I have seen such a card with very few people.

This card was changed to the paper laminated card in 2008 when I got my Two Wheeler and Heavy Commercial Licence.

Subsequently each time the Commercial License was renewed (which has to be done once in 3 years), the paper laminated card was given.

At the time of taking the Commercial Licence in 2004, the Driving School people were doubtful about the genuineness of the license as they had never seen a plastic card.

I had to convince them and show the hologram on it.

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Actually the very first Driving Licence for LMV I got in October 2004 from my Licensing Authority - RTO Trivandrum - KL-01 was a plastic card. I have seen such a card with very few people.
Yes, the first license I got (somewhere around 2000 I guess) was also a card one. However, that license was only for 4 wheeler, when I added 'motorbike with gear' to that they took back the card license and issued a book one to include two different dates (one for car & another for bike).

The book started peeling off soon, hence I keep it inside a polythene cover. Still it has torn off and came off in to two pieces.
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The book started peeling off soon, hence I keep it inside a polythene cover. Still it has torn off and came off in to two pieces.
My license was issued in 2002 from the Palakkad RTO in a book form, even though I keep it inside a polythene cover, it has started to wear out. I did search in the MVD website and I am able to view my details online.

Is there any way of converting it to a card license online, without physically visiting the RTO? If you know how to get this done, please share it would be really helpful.
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Is there any way of converting it to a card license online, without physically visiting the RTO? If you know how to get this done, please share it would be really helpful.
Sorry, don't know if its possible.

My case is different since I got card initially for LMV. However, when 2 wheeler license was required to be added, it cannot be done on card since both LMV and 2 wheeler had two different dates.

So they took back the card and issued book with dates written against each category.

Also, since my license is only valid for another 2 or 3 years I am thinking of changing it only then.
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Is there any way of converting it to a card license online, without physically visiting the RTO? If you know how to get this done, please share it would be really helpful.
Not possible without visiting the RTO. I did as part of renewal, narrated here:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...ml#post3557032 (Driving Licence renewal woes - Medical fitness certificate required!) There is a option to convert to card and the overall process is similar. I suggest you to wait till the new card becomes the norm.

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My license was issued in Ernakulam RTO, Kerala. I live in Bangalore and the normal procedure to renew is to submit for the transfer and renewal in Bangalore RTO. Since my license expires in Nov 2014, I did not have much time to get it transferred to Bangalore. So I decided to get it done from Ernakulam itself while I was on vacation in Kerala. My license had an old address so I had to change it to the permanent address (in Kochi, where I had address proof). Here is the procedure for the license renewal (and address change) at Kerala RTO. Note that the renewal can be done only within 1 month of expiry.

Requirements:
1. Pay the fees online, download the application and print it. You can also visit Akshaya e-centers at various places to do the same. You also have the option to pay fees by cash at the counter in RTO office.
2. Paste passport size photos on all the forms (On Main application form, Eye test form, Medical test form)
3. Get the eye test done from an ophthalmologist.
4. Get a medical certificate from a Govt doctor.
5. If you need address change, Get the address proof attested from Gazetted officer/Notary.
6. Original driving license.
7. Self addressed envelope with ₹40 stamp. (For normal process opting for postal dispatch)

Armed with all the documents I went to the RTO office in Civil Station, Kakkanad. Reached there by 9:30 and had to wait till 10:00AM to get in. Went to the RTO office in the second floor and went to the enquiry counter to find out the procedure.

If you plan to do address change, you need to get an 'order' from a Motor Vehicle Inspector(MVI). You need to write an application on a white paper for address change and the inspector will verify the attested document and sign off in the application. This need to be submitted along with the documents at the counter. The MVIs are available only during 11AM-1PM, so plan accordingly.

If you already have a card type license, you can get the license renewed within one hour by visiting the fast track counter with all the documents. For Fast Track, you need to go to the same RTO office where your original license was issued from.

I had a book type license, so had to do normal process. You need to submit a self-addressed envelope for them to dispatch the new license. There is an option to collect the new license by hand also. Went to counter 5 (fee counter) to submit the application. There were a lot of people queued up and many were agents, having tens of bulk applications. I requested them to allow me to submit ahead of queue and they agreed (I guess this is normal, since I saw many people doing it) Submitted the application and I was asked to go to the 'Inward' counter, where I got the acknowledgement receipt. You need to mention about whether the license is collected by hand or send by post. The receipt number can be used to track the file status online ("RTO File Status" link here. There is a service guarantee (RIGHT TO SERVICE ACT 2012, details available here ) of 15 working days for license renewal.


I paid fee of ₹250 for address change and ₹300 for renewal. Apart from it I paid ₹150 for the Eye test and ₹100 to the Notary.
I am hoping that once all the RTOs transition to the new card issuance, things might get better streamlined and possibly an online option.
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