Abu Dhabi: From today, Indian expats in the United Arab Emirates can locally renew their International Driving Permit (IDP) issued in India.
The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi announced on Monday that it would facilitate the reissue of IDPs to Indian nationals, which were originally issued by the relevant authorities in India with effect from February 15, 2021.
This decision is part of the Indian government’s decision to allow Indian embassies abroad to provide the service in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
In a notice relating to the launch of the service posted on social media, the embassy said: “Those who intend to benefit from this consular service can come to the embassy during working hours (between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm every working day). Sunday to Thursday) with their valid passport and expired IDP / IDP number and Indian driver’s license. “
After physical verification of the documents, he said, applicants will be asked to submit the miscellaneous consular service form (EAP-II) duly completed.
What about those in Dubai, in the north of the Emirates?
Indian Consulate in Dubai confirmed Gulf News that the same service can be performed through IVS Global, the outsourced agency providing attestation services for Indians in Dubai and the northern emirates. A spokesperson for the consulate said the process, documentation and fees would remain the same for Indians living in Dubai and the northern emirates.
“However, instead of going to the consulate, they have to go to the IVS office to submit documents,” he explained.
How much does it cost?
They are also to provide Dh40 as a consular service fee and Dh8 as a charge from the Indian Social Welfare Fund (ICWF), the mission said.
The applicant will need to upload all relevant documents along with the receipt issued by the mission to the ministry’s Parivahan portal and pay the required internal travel costs online on the same portal.
Upon receipt of the application through the portal, the Licensing Authority (MoRTH), after checking the document, sends the PDI by mail, directly to the applicant’s residential address, the mission explained. “It can be noted that the role of the Embassy in this consular service is limited to facilitating the submission of the IDP renewal request form only. All other correspondence regarding the subject, including the status of the request, should be verified directly with the relevant authority (MoRTH) in India, ”he added.
Modification of the rules on motor vehicles
The Indian government announced the plan last year to facilitate IDP renewal for citizens whose permits have expired overseas through Indian missions, as such a mechanism did not exist before.
The new procedure followed an amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989. Following this amendment, the government removed the requirement for a valid visa and medical certificate to be presented when applying for an IDP, the reporters reported. Indian media last month.
There are many countries where the visa is issued on arrival and in such cases the visa was not available when applying for IDPs in India prior to travel, the ministry said.
IDPs issued in India are accepted in 15 countries including UK, US, Germany, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and Bhutan and IDP validity is one year from the date of its issue or the validity of the national license, depending on earlier, said a India time report.