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Obtaining a Temporary Driving License

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Step 1: Applicant obtains the application form “C.M.T. 35” from:

  • District secretarial offices (normal service)
  • Main office in – Colombo (one day service - priority)

Step 2: Applicant submits the filled form directed to Assistant Commissioner, along with required documents to:

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

Step 3: Applicant sits for the written examination on the call of Department
Step 4: Applicant does 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)

If Applicant Fails the Written Examination:
Applicant can re apply for the written examination by paying Rs.100.00 up to three times

If the Applicant Fails the Practical Examination:
Applicant can re apply for the practical examination by making the full payment up to three times

Please refer to section: “Special Cases”

Department of Motor Traffic issues temporary licenses at such occasions as mentioned below:

  • When the current driving license is given to the Department of Motor Traffic for renewal or any other purpose
  • When a license is required by personnel, planning to stay within Sri Lanka for less than two months under visiting Visa
  • Temporary license for Lorries Motor coaches are not issued under this condition

Submission Procedure:
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.

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

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

Application Form
Form “C.M.T. 35”: Application for a Temporary Driving License

Time Line

Process Timeline:

Applied for one-day (priority) service License issued within 3 days
Applied for normal service License issued within 2 week

Submission Timeline:

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 Temporary License after 3:30 pm, within the same day of submitting forms.

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

Costs Related to Service

Cost of Obtaining the Application:
Application forms provided free of charge


Duration of the license Fee
Less than 1 month Rs. 600.00
Less than 2 month Rs. 1200.00


No penalties involved in the process of issuing licenses


  • 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)

Support Documents Required

  • National Identity Card or Passport
  • Foreign driving license and a photocopy of it, issued by a country, which is approved by the Department of Motor Traffic
  • An English translation of the license issued by the relevant country, if it is not in English
  • Two copies of black and white photos of size: 2*2 ”Original and a photocopy of Visa issued for staying in Sri Lanka

Service Responsibility Matrix

Designation Name Division Telephone
Additional Commissioner Mr. Kannangara Licensing Division +94-11-2556856/+94-11-2516404
Assistant Commissioner Mrs. Chandra Karunasena Licensing Division -
Supervising Officer Mr. Somasiri Fernando Licensing Division -

Special Cases

There are no special conditions applying to this service

Sample Form with Dummy Data
Form “M.T.A. 35 example

Organization Information

Department of Motor Traffic

No: 581-341,
Elvitigala Mavatha,
Colombo 05. .

Mr. Upul Priyantha de Silva
Fax Nos:011-2694338

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Last Updated On: 2009-10-27 15:32:03
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