Getting/Renewal of international driving permit to be made lot easier

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India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways proposes to make it easier for Indians to get their International Driving Permit renewed while they are abroad. Other conditions for issuance of the IDP may also be relaxed.

”It has come to notice that in certain cases for the citizens who are travelling abroad and their International Driving Permit gets expired, there is no mechanism for renewal while abroad. The proposal is to amend the CMVR 1989 to facilitate such citizens. The citizens can apply through the Indian Embassy / Mission Abroad portals and the applications would then move to the VAHAN for being considered by the respective RTOs”, the ministry said,on October 9.

Further the proposal includes removal of the conditions of a medical certificate and a valid visa at the time of making the request for the IDP. For a citizen who has valid driving licence, there should not be a requirement for another medical certificate. Then,there are certain countries where the visa is on arrival. In such cases the VISA is not available when applying for the IDP in India before travel, the ministry said.

It has invited comments/suggestions on the proposal. These can be sent to the Joint Secretary(MVL,IT & Toll), Email: jspb-morth@gov.in within 30 days of issue of notification.

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