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The Motor Traffic Department today requested persons with old driving licence to obtain the new ones with biometric details of the holder such as the blood group and organ donations.

Deputy Commissioner of the department Anuradha Wijekoon said old driving licence issued by the department had a tendency to fade and get discoloured very quickly and those problems had been rectified in the new licence.

However, he said that it is not compulsory but requested the general public to come and make use of this opportunity, to obtain a new driving licence as it would be of immense help at a case of emergency. (Sanath D)


Old DL




New DL

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  • Hashi Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:39 AM

    Gundu !!!!!

    Hasiya Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:48 AM

    Did u read the whole article before commenting??

    Chris Silva Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:49 AM

    Why cant we be like Roads Traffic Authority (RTA)of NSW,Australia and most countries to have branches island wide instead of expecting citizens to go all the way to wherever to get drivers licence,registrations etc ??

    Ajithkumar Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:54 AM

    We live aboard is there a day service for people like us – we come once in two or three years and have to get back in a week or two .. Or we submit and do they send it home by post …

    Lalith Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:55 AM

    Who is going to pay for this? Government? While we struggling to live how can we afford to this new developments? Increase salary first by 10,000 and then ask.

    catout Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:55 AM

    renewal ensures drivers physical fitness, eyesight etc. because u have to undergo a medical test.

    sam Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:00 AM

    thnks for the news mchn.

    nifrees Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:01 AM

    prepare it in a quality plastic ......
    the license can't to be used for long while.

    adheeb Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:25 PM

    it may be good idea, but do you know the hassle the people go through at werehera, i was told to come at 3.30 in the morning to be in the queue otherwise i will not get a ticket,why not make a mobile service to make life easy for the people

    nifrees Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:29 AM

    all attempts are to collect money from public not to stabling fair policy in transportation

    C. Senthilan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:36 AM

    Oh my dear we know how the systems in the Department works. Forget it!

    Sasi Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:38 AM

    Hi I need some help I'm living over sea's and i'm looking for a way to get around having to go home to renew my licence please help ...Sasi

    P J Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:56 AM

    It's not correct Ajith
    the whole Driving license section has moved to Werahera. Now they are very efficient & pleased. the environment is cool. You don't need any photoes etc. You only need medical certificate & ID. If you handed over docs in the evening you could obtain DL @ about 2-3pm as same day service.

    the new DL is not a lifetime one, it has expiry dates in every category.

    TERRENCE B. DE SILVA Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:03 AM

    AJITH - IT SEEMS YOU ARE A NON-RESIDENT IN SRI LANKA LIKE ME - THE RMV IS NO LONGER AT NARAHENPITA BUT AT WERAHERA ON THE COLOMBO/PILIYANDALA ROAD SRI LANKA.

    Abdul Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:10 AM

    One of my friends were there last month, he had a terrible time, a whole day wasted for no fault of us, I think the department should try to put up a mobile camp in schools to provide in each area to make it hassle free, I was told we need to be there by 6 am, is that true?

    nayomie Tuesday, 09 November 2010 07:08 AM

    Pls dont issue low quality cards this time

    Buddhi Dananjaya Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:12 AM

    No One here talked about Charges.. Earlier heard they are going to charge 2000/= something..

    Any Idea about new cahrge.. ?

    ajith Tuesday, 09 November 2010 07:08 AM

    Is it going to be a another days leave to obtain the new license as RMV Narahenpita is so crowded with queues.
    Can the facility distributed to Divisional Secretariats to minimize inconvenience????

    Capsule Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:22 AM

    most of the time, what is promised is not delivered....

    Lakmikanth Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:46 PM

    To get my license renerwed it took one and a half years. mr. commissioner within how many days can you send the new license.

    AQ Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:25 AM

    The pic uploaded above is way beta than mine..

    Required Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:09 PM

    Just six MONTHS

    Innocent Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:30 AM

    I am using an old driving license which is very clear (Not faded).. Few weeks back i was told by a cop near Town hall that I cant use my current driving license because its old and I should be having the new license ,If i don't have it i was told I can get charged for that..
    But deputy commissioner says its not compulsory....
    I think they should educate the traffic cops prior implementing anything...

    J Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:43 AM

    Are they Charging for replacement?

    mahesh Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:46 AM

    privacy also important. we should not too much rely on such things.

    ranjith Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:30 AM

    jolly good

    pbj Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:54 AM

    Now , it seems , the blood -sucking- guys at motor traffic department want to see the blood group before sucking.

    Royce Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:40 AM

    100% correct

    tamilan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:04 AM

    how many years will take to get back our license??
    i had bad experiance with current license.

    Hemantha Pandula Rat Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:08 PM

    One of most corruption place in Sri Lanka

    Saradial Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:11 AM

    @"driving licence issued by the department had a tendency to fade and get discoloured very quickly"

    why didn't they check the quality? Worst of money.

    willows Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:15 AM

    More important is to renew the NIC, as some NIC' are beyond any ones comprehension???

    Kuma Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:37 PM

    I have seen most oh the new licenses have faded

    Dilan Thursday, 11 November 2010 08:10 AM

    Yes there is a day service, but you will have to spend the whole day there

    bash Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:22 AM

    They issue 100 tokens where as a crowd of over 250 comes daily, so many people who come to the RMV gates at 6 am are also turned away. This paves way for bribes and black marketeers.

    TMA Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:45 PM

    Simply the economically devastated country is, trying to rig more money from ppl. This's pure Facism

    Darren Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:25 AM

    RMV is the worst place to go in Sri Lanka.They treat People like dirt.what about the money they charged for faded license.They make deliberate mistakes in documents so that ppl will have to pay and get that rectified again.Terrible place.

    ajith Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:28 AM

    The MTD should be service oriented and make less inconvenience to public after-all they are a key revenue earner.

    mahesh Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:29 AM

    Dear readers! this is a trap! once you convert your licence to new one you have to renew it after 08 years. so there is no such requirement for old one.

    rosh Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:31 AM

    hmmm somehow i prefer the old style.. the new one looks all flowery...

    Mr.Copycat Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:39 AM

    I'm not renewing.
    the new one has an expiry date - so after that I need to renew again every 5 years.

    NOPE! sir, I ain't doing it.

    Casper Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:55 AM

    Why yuo guys always pessimistic. Or is it DM who opt to publish only pessimistic comments?

    Bus Ticket Doctor Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:01 AM

    Old license has a life time validity, how about the new one?.

    ispn Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:05 AM

    What happens if our Bio metric data get stolen? or misused?

    Hemal Kirtisinghe Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:25 PM

    Can we get it on line?
    Hope we do not have to pay for it again

    SKB Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:26 PM

    I dont wanna waste a day in that place.

    Lankan Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:12 AM

    It's better to start a mobile services to every provinces for 5 to 10 days for change the old DL to new DL , otherwise it will be impossible.

    SKB Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:29 PM

    they'll charge around 1000 i guess. And the new license will expire in 8 years. We should pay again and renew it.

    Hemal Kirtisinghe Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:29 PM

    we should be able to get it on line like in most other countries. After all it is only renewal., Not new issue

    mnsmart Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:39 PM

    What about the people in th outstation. should they come to Werahera to get a renewed license. pl someone advice

    Digital Age Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:21 AM

    It’s high time to think of a single card for National ID + DL + Social Security etc. with a SIM. Then the authorities will be able to do their business much easier. (i.e., census + elections etc..)

    Knight Rider Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:21 AM

    It would be much better if the traffic dept accepts all the RENEWAL Application on behalf of the MTD and help us get the new license.

    Makaveli Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:22 AM

    hmmm good one, i wont be if they don't have renewal date like the old one.

    P S Wednesday, 10 November 2010 04:45 AM

    if you join the queue at 9am, you can get it by 2.30pm. I have experienced it two times.

    Chami Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:10 PM

    Hy this srilanka Motor Traffic Department ...


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