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How to get Duplicate Driver License in Sri Lanka

Obtaining a duplicate of the driving license. Copy of the complaint lodged at the police within 6 months of the loss of driving license. National Identity Card or the valid passport with the national identity card number. The distorted / defaced driving license, if available.


Apply in Person
If your driver license is lost or stolen, you would have to approach the local police station in your area and file a complaint about you lost or stolen driver license.

  • Obtain the application form: Form
  • District secretarial offices (normal service)
  • Main office in Verahere – Colombo (one day service – priority)
  • Submits the filled form directed to Commissioner, along with required documents to:
  • District secretarial offices (normal service)
  • Main office in Colombo (one day service – priority)
  • The department will verify the details of the documents you have provided to check if it is accurate.
  • It will then send the order for assistant commissioner for issuing of the duplicate license
  • Department issues the duplicate license.

If Relevant Documents Submitted by Applicant are Found Inaccurate:
The Department Rejects Request for Duplicate License and Applicant should Re-submit all relevant documents.
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Required Documents

  • Two copies of black and white photos of size: 2*2 ”, with certification of Grama Niladhari at the back of one of the photos
  • A certified copy of the police entry stating the loss of the license, This copy should be issued within the period of last 6 months
  • National Identity Card / Original and a photocopy of a valid Passport, containing NIC number
  • Current license of the applicant – If the license is damaged

When applying for the One day service, applicant should provide with a letter from the Grama Niladhari or Regional Secretary certifying the accuracy of his residency

Office Locations & Contacts

Commissioner – Department of Motor Traffic,
P.O Box 533, 581-341, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Colombo 5.

Department of Motor Traffic
No: 581-341, Elvitigala Mavatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 05.
Mr. Upul Priyantha de Silva
Telephones: +94-11-2698717
Fax Nos: +94-11-2694338
Website: Department of Motor TrafficAds by Google


  • Applicants can apply for this Service under Following Circumstances:
  • At situations of a license being damaged
  • At the loss of a driving license

In Order to be qualified to obtain this Service an Applicant must meet with Following Conditions:

  • Being an owner of a driving license
  • Information of the license provided by the applicant existing within the
  • Department system (license being issues after 1996)
  • Manual files (license being issued before 1996)
  • Provide with all the documents required within the process (please refer to the section: “Documents Required)

Note: Any applicant who is not able to meet with above conditions will be considered disqualified from obtaining the service.


Type of RequestNormal ServicePriority Service
For a lost licenseRs. 520.00Rs. 770.00
For a damaged licenseRs. 520.00Rs. 770.00
For a lost license with 3 year renewalRs. 820.00Rs. 1120.00
For a lost license with 5 year renewalRs. 1120.00Rs. 1470.00
For a lost license with 9 year renewalRs. 1420.00Rs. 2270.00


  • No penalties involved in this process
  • There are no additional costs involved in the process of obtaining these services


  • Validity of the application exists until the process is concluded and duplicate license is being issued

Documents to Use

Application Form that can be used : MTA 42

Processing Time

  • Applied for one day priority service: License is issued within one day
  • Applied for normal services: License is issued within three months

Note: One Day Processing Applicants can obtain their Duplicate License after 3:30 pm, within the same say of submitting forms.


All the applications should be directed to the commissioner of the Licensing Division
Commissioner – Department of Motor Traffic,
P.O Box 533, 581-341, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Colombo 5.

Note: Applicants are given the facility of obtaining licenses through:

  • All district secretarial offices (normal service)
  • Main office in Verahera – Colombo (one day service – priority)

Need for the Document

  • Driving without a valid driver’s license is an offence punishable by law and one need to acquire a new one in case of loss or damage of the driver’s license.

Information which might help

Submission timeline

  • Working days are Monday to Friday
  • Counter open hours are 9:30am to 3:30pm (Normal) and 9:30am to 12:30pm (priority)

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

  • Driver’s license can be used as an identity document

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