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How to Obtain Certification for Driving License in Sri Lanka

Any applicant being a permanent resident within Sri Lanka can apply for this service … Sitting for a written test and a practical examinations; Produce with a certification of … Form “M.T.A. 30”: Application for License to Drive a Motor Vehicle.


  1. To obtain a certification for driving license, applicants will need to go to the Licensing Division in Colombo (address provided below) or from a relevant district office.
  2. Applicants will need complete the application form C.M.T.22.
  3. Submit the completed form, either by:
    1. Handing it over to the Supervising Officers at the counter at main office (for priority service one day)
    2. Post the application (for normal service)
  4. Check for the issuance year of the license and the type of service required (priority / normal).
  5. Check for the accuracy of the information you have provided on the application by comparing them with details stored in the system.
  6. Issuance of the certification of the license.


  • If the license details provided by the applicant do not exist within the system: Check for the details within the old (manual) files
  • If the license details provided by the applicant contradict with the details existing in the system: Application is rejected.
  • If the license details provided by the applicant do not exist within the old (manual) files: Application is rejected.

Required Documents

  • Application Form C.M.T. 22: Application for Certification of Driving License
  • A letter from applicant ,including the information of the license , stating his/her requirement
  • The receipt issued for the duplicate copy of the license, if the license has been lost or destroyed
  • Temporary license, if applied for a renewal of the license
  • The letter issued by a relevant organization, if the certification is requested by that organization

Office Locations & Contacts

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

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

For Obtaining & Submitting Application Forms:
Working days Mondays to Fridays
Counter open hours 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (Normal)
Counter open hours 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Priority)
Holidays All Public and Mercantile Days

Note: One Day Processing Applicants can obtain their Certification after 3:30 pm, within the same say of submitting the form


  • Any applicant being an owner of a driving license can apply for the service of obtaining certification of license.


  • Application forms provided free of charge
  • Processing Fee:
    • For the normal service Rs. 170.00
    • For the priority service Rs. 220.00

Processing Time

  • Applied for one-day (priority) service: Issued within 1 day
  • Applied for normal service: Issued within 1 week 1 month

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

  • The certification to ensures the competency of the owner of the license to drive.
  • Certain entities may request for the certificate:
    • Courts
    • Insurance companies
    • Companies hiring drivers
    • Embassies

External Links

Government Information Centre

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