How to Obtaining a New Driving License in Sri Lanka

Obtaining a new driving license for light vehicles. One should complete 18 years of age to face the practical test and a minimum of 3 months should have passed after obtaining the learners’ permit. It is compulsory to face the practical test and pass it.

Procedure

  • Step 1: Obtain the application form M.T.A. 30 from:
    • District secretarial offices (normal service)
    • Main office in Colombo (priority service)
  • Step 2: Submit the filled form directed to Assistant Commissioner, along with required documents to:
    • District secretarial offices (normal service)
    • Main office in Verahera Colombo (priority service)
  • Step 3: You should write the written examination on the call of Department
  • Step 4: You should attend the practical examination on the call of the Department. Pass result attained at this examination will be valid till 6 months
  • Step 5: Department issues the Temporary License, which is valid up to 6 months (at the point of passing the practical examination)
  • Step 6: Department issues the License (license will be sent to the applicant by post)

Note:

  • If Applicant Fails the Written Examination:
    • Applicant can reapply for the written examination by paying Rs.100.00 up to three times
  • If the Applicant Fails the Practical Examination:
    • Applicant can reapply for the practical examination by making the full payment up to three times

Submission Procedure All the applications should be directed to the assistant commissioner of the Licensing DivisionAssistant Commissioner Licensing Division,Department of Motor Traffic,P.O Box 533, 581-341, Elvitigala Mawatha,Colombo 5.Ads by Google

Required Documents

For Light Vehicles:

  • The original and a photocopy of the Birth Certificate
  • National Identity Card / Original and a photocopy of a valid Passport, containing NIC number
  • Three copies of black and white photos of size: 2*2
  • Medical certification, from a MBBS certified Medical Officer

For Heavy Vehicles:

  • The original and a photocopy of the Birth Certificate
  • National Identity Card / Original and a photocopy of a valid Passport, containing NIC number
  • Three copies of black and white photos of size: 2*2
  • A Medical Certification issued by the C.T.B Medical Institute, Nugegoda or by Medical Officer of the *applicants residential district
  • A Certification of Competency issued by a grade A registered driving school

Office Locations & Contacts

Submission Procedure: All the applications should be directed to the assistant commissioner of the Licensing DivisionAssistant 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 FridaysCounter 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

Organization InformationDepartment of Motor TrafficNo: 581-341, Elvitigala Mavatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 05. .Mr. Upul Priyantha de SilvaTelephones: +94-11-2698717Fax Nos: +94-11-2694338Email: e.dmts@sltnet.lkWebsite: http://www.motortraffic.gov.lkAds by Google

Eligibility

  • Any applicant being a permanent resident within Sri Lanka can apply for this service

Following are the conditions required to obtain the service:

  • Applicant being a citizen of Sri Lanka
  • Applicant being over 18 years of age
  • Sitting for a written test and a practical examinations
  • Produce with a certification of identity at both written and practical examinations
  • Passing of both above examinations
  • Provide with all the documents required within the process (please refer to the section: Documents Required)
  • Duration between the submission of the application and the practical test, been less than six months

Fees

1 Class of Vehicles

  • Normal service: Rs. 620.00
  • Priority service: Rs. 1020.00


2 Class of Vehicles

  • Normal service: Rs. 1020.00
  • Priority service: Rs. 1770.00

3 Class of Vehicles

  • Normal service: Rs. 1120.00
  • Priority service: Rs. 1870.00

Validity

Validity of the application expires if the practical examination is performed after 6 months of submitting the application

Processing Time

  • Applied for priority service: License issued within 1 week
  • Applied for normal service: License issued within 2 week 3 months

Instructions

  • Applicant should obtains the application form M.T.A. 30 from and submit the completed form to
    • District secretarial offices (normal service)
    • Main office in Colombo (priority service)
  • Attend written and practical examination on the call of Department
  • Pass result attained at this examination will be valid till 6 months
  • Department issues the Temporary License, which is valid up to 6 months (at the point of passing the practical examination)
  • Department issues the License (license will be sent to the applicant by post)

Note 1: Applicants are given the facility of obtaining licenses through:

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

Special Cases

  • If the Applicant is not able to Read or Write:
    • He/she must sit three times for the written examination
    • Obtain a certification letter from the Grama Niladhari
    • Apply for a verbal examination in substitution of the written examination
  • If the Applicant Fails the Practical Examination and If He has Applied for a License of Heavy Duty Vehicles:
    • Applicant is not allowed to re-apply for the practical examination within 14 days
  • If He has Applied for a License of a Light Vehicles:
    • Applicant is not allowed to re-apply for the practical examination within 7 days
  • If the Applicant is an Owner of a Driving License from a Foreign Country (Applicant being either Sri Lankan or Non Sri Lankan):
    • He/she can obtain the license without going through either written or practical examinations by producing the foreign license
    • Country, which is the issuer of the license should be approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles
    • An English translation of the license issued by the relevant embassy, if the license in not in English
    • Documents required and costs involved at such occasions will be same as at obtaining a new license

Penalties

  • No penalties involved in the process of issuing licensesSurcharge:
  • At failing on the written test, an applicant must pay Rs. 100.00 for re applying (only valid for three re-applies)
  • At failing on the practical test, an applicant must make the full payment for re applying (only valid for three re-applies)

Required Information

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Fathers and Mothers Full name
  • Sex
  • Residential Address
  • Telephone Number

Need for the Document

A driving licence is an official document which states that a person may legally operate a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck or a bus, on public roads.

External Links

Sri Lanka Government Information Center – Obtaining a New Driving License http://www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php?option=com_info&task=info&id=390&lang=en

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