Can My Driver’s Licence Be Cancelled or Revoked?

If the licensing authority is satisfied, after giving the holder of a driving licence an opportunity of being heard, that the Licence Holder:


  • Is a habitual criminal or a habitual drunkard; or
  • Is a habitual addict to any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance within the meaning of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985; or
  • Is using or has used a motor vehicle in the commission of a cognizable offence; or
  • Has by his previous conduct as driver of a motor vehicle shown that his driving is likely to be attended with danger to the public; or
  • Has obtained any driving licence or a licence to drive a particular class or description of motor vehicle by fraud or misrepresentation; or
  • Has committed any such act which is likely to cause nuisance or danger to the public, as may be prescribed by the Central Government, having regard to the objects of his Act; or
  • Has failed to submit to, or has not passed, the test referred to in the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 22; or
  • Being a person under the age of eighteen years who has been granted a learner’s licence or a driving licence with the consent in writing of the person having the care of the holder of the licence and has ceased to be such care,


It may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, make an order -


  • Disqualifying that person for a specified period for holding or obtaining any driving licence to drive all or any classes or descriptions of vehicles specified in the licence; or
  • Revoke any such licence


Where an order under sub-section (1) is made, the holder of a driving licence shall forthwith surrender his driving licence to the licencing authority making the order, if the driving licence has not already been surrendered, and the licensing authority shall -


  • If the driving licence is a driving licence issued under this Act, keep it until the disqualification has expired or has been removed; or
  • If it is not a driving licence issued under this Act, endorse the disqualification upon it and send it to the licensing authority by which it was issued, or
  • In the case of revocation of any licence, endorse the revocation upon it and if it is not the authority which issued the same, intimate the fact of the revocation to the authority which issued that licence:


Provided that where the driving licence of a person authorizes him to drive more than once class or description of motor vehicles and the order, made under sub-section (1), disqualifies him from driving any specified class or description of motor vehicles, the licensing authority shall endorse the disqualification upon the driving licence and return the same to the holder.


Any person aggrieved by an order made by a licensing authority under the sub-section (1) may, within thirty days of the receipt of the order, appeal to the prescribed authority, and such appellate authority shall give notice to the licensing authority and hear either party if so required by that party and may pass such order as it thinks fit and an order passed by any such appellate authority shall be final.


The following are instance when a driver’s licence cannot be issued: 

  • Defects of vision which cannot be corrected by spectacles.
  • Colour or night blindness.
  • Hearing defects which cannot be corrected with the help of hearing aid.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Sudden attacks of loss of consciousness or giddiness.
  • Who has lost either hand or foot.
  • Suffer from any other disease or disability likely to cause danger to other road users. While driving is unfit to hold a driving licence.


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