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Renewing of Driving License

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Step 1: Applicant obtains the application form “M.T.A. 157” from:

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

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

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

Step 3: Department issues the temporary license at the point of receiving the application
Step 4: Department checks for the accuracy of the documents provided
Step 5: Department issues the renewed license

Note: If the accuracy of the documents is not proven:
Send a letter requesting for the requirements, which are missing.

Applicants can apply for this service, under the circumstance of reaching the expiration of the driving license. This condition is only relevant for the license of Lorries and Busses.

Following are the conditions to be fulfilled in order to be qualified to obtain this service:

Being a owner of a driving license for Lorries / Busses
Information of the license provided by the applicant existing within the

  • Department system (license being issues after 1996)
  • Manual files (license being issued before 1996)

Provide with all the documents required within the process (please refer to the section: “Documents Required”)

Note: Any applicant who is not able to meet with above conditions will be considered disqualified from obtaining the service.

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):

Only for licenses, whose records are within department system

Application Form:
Form “M.T.A. 157”: Application for Renewal of Driving License

Time Line:

Process Timeline:

Applied for priority service License issued within 1 day
Applied for normal service License issued within 3 months

One day service only valid for licenses, whose details existing within department system

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 Renewed License after 3:30 pm, within the same say of submitting forms.

Validity Timeline:
Validity of the application exists until the process is concluded and renewed license is being issued

Costs Related to Service:

Cost of obtaining the application:
Application forms provided free of charge


Type of request Normal service Priority service
For a 1 time renewal (3 years) Rs. 320.00 Rs. 370.00
For every extra renewal Rs. 300.00 Rs. 720.00
If the renewal is for more than 2 times, a extra fee of Rs.600.00 should be added to the priority fee - -

No penalties involved in this process

There are no additional costs involved in the process of obtaining these services

Support Documents Required:

  • Existing driving license
  • National Identity Card / Original and a photocopy of a valid Passport, containing NIC number
  • Two copies of black and white photos of size: 2*2 ”
  • A Medical Certification issued by the C.T.B Medical Institute

When applying for the priority service, applicant should provide with a letter from the Grama Niladhari or Regional Secretary certifying the accuracy of his residency

Service Responsibility Matrix

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. 157 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 15:33:32
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