How long is Kerala Drivers License Valid?

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Sorry to pose this question here, it seems like it would be so easy to find the answer by searching IM and the net, but for some reason I am having difficulty finding an answer. Thought someone here might have the answer off the top of their heads, so here goes. I have an OCI, aadhar card, other relevant indicia of residency, so am eligible for an Indian drivers license. I have been driving here for the last year on an international driver's permit, now expired.

I am headed back to the States in a month or so, and will likely not be here on long (ie; month+ trips) again for about six years or so. I was thinking of getting an Indian drivers license, but it does not seem worth the bother unless they are valid for longer than that period. If, eg, they are good for only five years before exiration, I will just wait and get one when I come back here on a semi-permanent basis. I know it is risky, ie; not good if I were to to get busted in the next month with an expired Intl Permit and no Indian DL, but am ok with taking the chance. So, does anyone know the period of validity of an Indian DL (Kerala in particular if specificity is required in that respect?)

Also, if anyone knows, how much of a pain is it to transfer registration/ownership in Kerala? I bought a car when I arrived, but had to put it in my dad's name because I had not obtained an aadhar card at that point. It would be better to have it in my name as I don't get along with his wife (my folks are divorced) and wouldn't put it past her to claim it if something were to happen to him and it was still in his name. Is it a tremendously onerous procedure to change registration/official ownership? I would note that he would prefer to have it out of his name as well (I have already gotten two parking tickets, and it annoys him no end to get the notices even though I deal with/pay for them ).
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Originally Posted by not_ally View Post Hello all,

Sorry to pose this question here, it seems like it would be so easy to find the answer by searching IM and the net, but for some reason I am having difficulty finding an answer. Though someone here might have the answer off the top of their heads, so here goes. I have an OCI, aadhar card, other relevant indicia of residency, so am eligible for an Indian drivers license. I have been driving here for the last year on an international driver's permit, recently expired.

I am headed back to the States in a month or so, and will likely not be here on long (ie; month+ trips) again for about six years or so. I was thinking of getting an Indian drivers license, but it does not seem worth the bother unless they are valid for longer than that period. If, eg, they are good for only five years before exiration, I will just wait and get one when I come back here on a semi-permanent basis. I know it is risky, ie; not good if I were to to get busted in the next month with an expired Intl Permit and no Indian DL, but am ok with taking the chance. So, does anyone know the period of validity of an Indian DL (Kerala in particular if specificity is required in that respect?)

Also, if anyone knows, how much of a pain is it to transfer registration/ownership in Kerala? I bought a car when I arrived, but had to put it in my dad's name because I had not obtained an aadhar card at that point. It would be better to have it in my name as I don't get along with his wife (my folks are divorced) and wouldn't put it past her to claim it if something were to happen to him and it was still in his name. Is it a tremendously onerous procedure to change registration/official ownership? I would note that he would prefer to have it out of his name as well (I have already gotten two parking tickets, and it annoys him no end to get the notices even though I deal with/pay for them ).
Getting the vehicle transfer is an easy job, fill in the transfer forms online and just submit the printouts and documents at the RTO office. Supposed to be much simpler than before. I should be doing it next month.

As for the licence, it is for 20 years till the age of 40 Yrs and then you need to renew every 5 years. ( the age limit could be 50, but I recollect it as 40 as done for my dad)
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Does this help ?
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The private driving licence is valid for 20 years from the date of issue or till the applicant turn 50 years of age, whichever happens earlier.
You need a medical certificate after the age of 40 years.

This is from the delhi website. The norms are same across the country.


I am not sure if things change for OCI as compared to a citizen.
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Thanks, you Snotty (you seem anything but) and NYAnk (admit to ruminating over the source of your moniker but will leave you in peace), exactly what I needed. Confirmed that DL validity is only for 5 years, since I am 55. Also nice to know that the transfer forms can be done on line, I will do that and have someone take the forms over to the RTO, that will be much easier. Went there to pay the first ticket, took a couple of unnecessary hours going from counter to counter b/c I had no idea what I was doing.

Before I read your answers I did another search on IM and fell down the IM rabbit hole, starting with a 15 page thread on a young American woman's questions regarding joining a monastery. Damn, it is easy to get distracted here. Thank goodness you answered quickly
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starting with a 15 page thread on a young American woman's questions regarding joining a monastery.
Did she require a driving licence? Probably can't join a monastery, these days, without an aadhar card

Transferring ownership of the car is like buying and selling. There is no problem as long as parties actually submit the forms. No it is not difficult.

You made me worry if my driving license is still valid. Yes, until 2021.

I suggest that you maintain your American driving licence, and simply get another IDP for your next visit.
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I suggest that you maintain your American driving licence, and simply get another IDP for your next visit.
Drivers license in a US is a state function. Each state has many different rules and regulations. Some have Enhanced ones, some have plain old photo with basic information. I had one from New Jersey in 1990s.
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Don't want to get too personal, but unless the car is an expensive one, why not leave it.

The reason is , in case there is an insurance claim etc, life is so much easier if the owner was around.
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Hi Nick,

I became sufficiently interested in the would-be nun story that I googled her and found out that she apparently did not join a monastery/nunnery, but seems to be still actively pursuing eastern religions. I am cursed with the "what happened after that" obsession, not good in this day of internet access! You are right, I am going to wait until I come back. Really makes no sense to do otherwise.

Miyu, I think it is a bit different here, while the motor vehicle departments of different states have different licensing processes (and the licences themselves look different), they are all subject to the same baseline requirements of their parent agency, the national RTO (Regional Transport Agency.) I could very well be wrong, though.

Johnlord, the car will not be insured or used in my absence, except for the supervisor of the gated community here starting it every so often to make sure the battery doesn't die. It will be kept in a covered car port, so no danger of collisions, etc. I guess someone could steal it, but we live in a fairly rural area where everyone knows each other, I would be very surprised by that. The car is cheap (Nano XTA) but I love it and they are no longer making them, so I want to hold on to mine!
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How long is Kerala Drivers License Valid?

At least now we have the internet we can sometimes find out what happened next!

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