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Obtaining a Driving License Card in Replacement of an Old License Booklet

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Step 1: Applicant obtains the application form “M.T.A. 38” from:

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

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

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

Step 3: Department checks the accuracy of the documents provided
Step 4: Department issues the temporary license
Step 5: Sends the temporary license to the assistant commissioner
Step 6: Assistant commissioner issues the new ID number for a new license
Step 7: Send the order for printing of a new license

Note: If the accuracy of the documents is not proven: Reject the application

Any applicant being an owner of a driving license (a booklet) has the privilege of applying for this service:
In order to be qualified to obtain this service an applicant must meet with following conditions: eing a owner of a driving license
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 Commissioner of the Licensing Division

Commissioner – Department of Motor Traffic,
P.O Box 533, 581-341, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Colombo 5.

Note1: Applicants are given the facility of obtaining licenses through:

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

Application Form
Form “M.T.A. 38”: Application for Driving License Card in Replacement of an Old License Booklet

Time Line

Process Timeline:

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

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 Amended 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 amended license is being issued.

Costs Related to Service

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

Fee: Type of service Issuing of card in substitution of Booklet

  • Normal service - Rs. 170.00
  • Priority service -

No penalties involved in this process

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

Support Documents Required

  1. Previous driving license (Booklet)
  2. Two copies of black and white photos of size: 2*2 ”
  3. National Identity Card / Original and a photocopy of a valid Passport, containing NIC number

Service Responsibility Matrix

Designation Name Division Telephone
Commissioner Mr. B. Wijerathne General +94-11-2698717
Additional Commissioner Mr. Kannangara Licensing Division +94-11-2556856/+94-11-2516404
Assistant Commissione Mrs. Chandra Karunasena Licensing Division -
Supervising Officers 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. 38example”

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: 2023-03-15 07:04:40
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