The driver’s license renewal time has come, just 20 days away. It’s very easy, you can do it online. Well…
You apply for it online, however with all the printouts of duly filled up forms, you have to go to the RTO (Regionsl transport office), form 9, 1 and 1A.
Please read on, dont go away, you will need my experience.
In that case, I take a print out from cyber cafe shop (printer at home, cartridge ink over), of the 3 forms and fills them. Form 1 A is for senior citizens, medical certificate which requires a stamp and signature of a government medico., Adhaar card for date of birth and address proof. All done, walk into the RTO office, agents were crowing around to help for a fee. No need, all operations are transparent and orderly in RTO office.
The help desk tells me, for renewal of DL go to room no. 4. I did not know, it’s only the beginning, there are more rooms to go in and out. First to room no. 4. The officer goes through the documents and attached adhaar card and asks “where is the application number ?”. Eh, I thought it was going to be given by the RTO. I said I don’t have. You have not filled it online. I said “no”. When I have to do so many things manually, why trouble on line, I thought. What do I have to do, I asked. You have to apply online ( she writes the site address parivahan.gov.in) and you will get an application number. Get that and these forms.
I came out of the RTO office, thinking of going home ( the RTO office is walking distance from my house, not many are fortunate like me) and do the online stuff. Rajeesh had come with me , he suggested a shop near by where they can applicate online for you. I thought of doing everything on my own, an after thought, I agreed. At home I will have to navigate through the whole operation, not sure how much time and effort, system has to behave, UPS has to work in case of power failure, internet should be up and so on. Here these guys can do it with their eyes closed. And that is what they did. In half an hour, it was done and I walk into room no.4 again, hands over the papers, with a give me my license smile.She goes through the documents and asks, where is form 9. Where did you get this done ? She raised her voice. I said there and pointed in a direction. What is the name of the shop ? Oh , looked like she wanted to blast the shop for doing a lousy job. Is it near that, this. I don’t know. I went back to the ….😍.. shop (that’s the name) which the lady wanted to know, got form9.The lady showed no interest when I told her the shop name, I wonder what was the shouting for, earlier. She puts her initials and asks me to go to the cash counter and pay a fees. I do that and back to room no.4. She checks and tells me to go to room 1. You may have got bored reading this, not me, me needs the license. That’s her boss in room 1 , puts his signature and I ask his assistant who is standing next to him, where should I go from here. He says first floor for photo. I have brought 16 copies of my photos ( that’s the minimum the studio gives for his charges).
I carry all the papers and go to the first floor and there is a que in front of the room that says biometrics. Before my turn came, after half an hour in the que, I noticed people in the que are either talking on the phone or texting or or are with their hands in their pockets. I showed the guy behind me, my documents and asked where’s his. He showed me a small chit and said I submitted it in room no.4 and they give a small chit with application number. He said go get it and come back and join the que in front of me. Back to room no.4 and I give my documents and get the chit.
When I reach the first floor again the que has moved and my reference point has finished his job and gone. When I tried to explain to the new guy, my sob story of wasting half an hour right here before going to room no 4 for the chit , everybody offered me the position right behind each of them and I found myself at the end of the line. Very kind of them.
There was a new threat, the race between the approaching lunch break and me making it to the photo room. I beat the lunch break made it in the nick, went to room no. 4 and gave them the paper from the photo room. Game over and they said I will receive it by post.
It’s my clumsiness and the weakness of not asking for direction that made operation renewal dramatic.
Any of you going to your RTO office in the near future, log in to the site parivahan and fill in the required fields, take a print out of all the forms, you can also do on line payment and submit to the office. It may not be room no.4 for you, check , it will be some other room. The time taking activity may be in the que for photo. The photo session should take 3 minutes. It’s as simple as that, rest leave it to your clumsy stars.
I am lucky to have an RTO near my home and a renewed driving license, what I dont have is a car since last one year. I am carless.