Driving Licence.

Validity of my driving licence expires today. I was alert enough to have gone through the process of applying for renewal a month ago and so now it is valid till December 5. 2020. While normally the validity period is for ten years, for senior citizens we have to get medically examined and certified to be fit enough to drive every five years! I am glad that the system has agreed that I am fit enough for that onerous chore.

This whole renewal process has got me reminiscing about my driving licence. While I was driving around without a driving licence from about sixteen years of age, I got my official driving licence only in 1962, when I was a few months short of 19 years old. Between 1972 and 1975, I was driving around without a valid driving licence and thank God, did not get involved in any accident or mishap. I discovered that my licence had expired three years after the event and had to get a new licence issued after some wire pulling and also paying a hefty fine. Since then however I have been quite prompt in renewing the licence on time and am happy that I did this time too.

driving signals

When I tell younger people about the tests that I had to take before I got my licence, like sticking my arm out to signal turns, slowing down, stopping etc, they look at me with total disbelief! We did not have turn indicators or if we had, they stuck out of the pillar behind the front door worked on a lever system!6a00d83452989a69e2017615215cab970c-800wi

The inspectors were martinets and most of us failed the first time we appeared for the tests as I did too.

It is however nice to be able to tell people that I have a driving licence issued in my name before their parents were born!

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14 Responses to Driving Licence.

  1. You’re lucky. The license I got in 2008 was good for 8 years, but now I’ll have to go every year because I’m over 75. All we have to do is answer some questions and pass the eye test, but it’s still a nuisance. Even though it’s free now.
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  2. Big John says:

    In the UK we old farts do not have to pass a medical or any other test. Just fill in a form on line, tick the right boxes and the authorities take your word for it that you are fit to drive for another 3 years. Un-bloody-believable !
    BTW … From what I have seen of Indian drivers (on TV) I’m surprised anyone in your country has ever passed any sort of driving test … 🙂
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  3. Shackman says:

    Congrats on passing – I got my latest DL just before I moved to NC.Now I have to do it all over again.

  4. Mike Goad says:

    There’s no test or medical exam required here in Arkansas. Our licenses are valid for 2 years and, coincidentally, I received a reminder in the mail yesterday that mine is coming due soon.

    I once went 8 years without renewing. In 1971, I went into the Navy. For Texas residents serving in the military, drivers licenses remained valid until they returned home. I served until September 1980 and “never” returned home while in the service.
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  5. tammy j says:

    the only picture of me these days is on my drivers license.
    i have to live with that picture for 4 year segments. next one is 2017.
    that’s the only bad thing. and sometimes it’s pretty bad indeed!
    no tests of any kind. at least so far.
    i remember those hand signals! I’ve been driving since I was 16 years old.
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  6. Cathy in NZ says:

    https://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/ – I don’t know the in/out nowadays – I do have a licence with mugshot on [useful for ID purposes] – just checked it, expires next year, probably means pay more $$, – according to the card, I originally got my licence in 1978 when I was in my late 30s!
    When I get to 75 I shall make a decision on the licencing as I know I am not about to drive a car 🙂

  7. MGH says:

    The RTO (regional transport office) of Pune, in my opinion, might just be one of the most non-judgemental administrations of its kind in the universe, and are in their own way trying to solve a logistics problem for the nation. I am utterly convinced that they not only issue driving licenses to those disabled enough that there would be no issue or discourse about barring them from driving, they also make innovative forms of public transport difficult to achieve.

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