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While driving, it is mandatory to keep a copy of a valid Driving License with you at all times1, and present it to a police officer on demand2. Now, you can also carry an electronic copy of your driving license in the DigiLocker or mParivahan app3. If you hold a valid driving license, but do not have it when an officer asks you to produce it, you may be punished with a fine between Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,0004. You may alternatively produce it to the officer/authority who has asked you for it, within a stipulated time period, which varies across states5.
If your license has been submitted to, or seized by, a governmental authority or officer, then you must produce a receipt or any other form of acknowledgement, and produce the license within a stipulated time period that varies across states2.
If you drive a vehicle and you do not possess a driving license or have not attained the required age to drive it, then your vehicle can be seized and detained by a police officer6. Furthermore, you can be punished with a fine of Rs. 5,000 or with jail time of up to 3 months, or both7.
The applicable fine amount might vary across state. Given below are the fine amounts of different offences for two states.
Type of Vehicle
Fine Amount (In INR)
- Section 6(3), Motor Vehicles (Driving) Regulations, 2017.
- Section 130(1), The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 139, Central Motor Vehicles Rules,1989.
- Section 177A, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 130(4), The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 207(1), The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 181, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.