Without Licence Fine in Tamil Nadu

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  • TATA AIG Team
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  • 19/04/2024

A driver’s licence is of utmost importance if you want to enjoy the legal freedom of driving motor vehicles in India. The document serves as proof that the licence holder has gone through the necessary training and is aware of the traffic rules and safety regulations.

Additionally, your car or bike insurance claim will most likely be rejected if you are found to be driving without essential documents, including a valid driver’s licence.

Driving without a licence in India invites fines and penalties. And Tamil Nadu is no exception to that. In Tamil Nadu, a driving without licence fine can range from monetary fines to severe legal consequences, such as confiscation of your motor vehicle.

In this article, you will discuss everything you need to know about driving without DL fine in Tamil Nadu.

What is the No-Driving Licence Fine in Tamil Nadu?

Offence Fine
Driving without a valid licence in contravention ₹5000
Driving a vehicle when you are disqualified of holding or applying to a driving licence ₹10,000
  • Driving without a valid licence is not only illegal but also invites danger. Without licence fine in Tamil Nadu can result in jail time, hefty penalties, or even confiscation of your vehicle. You are liable to pay a penalty in Tamil Nadu in one or all of the following situations:

  • Driving even when your driving licence is suspended

  • Driving when your licence is invalid

  • Driving without having a licence issued in your name.

When are You Not Supposed to Drive Your Vehicle Under Section 181?

  • A person who does not hold an effective driving licence issued to him/her, authorising him/her to drive the vehicle, shall drive in public places.

  • Additionally, they cannot drive any transport vehicle other than their own vehicle, hired for their use unless their permit specifically states so.

  • No person under the age of 18 years of age shall drive a motor vehicle in a public place. However, after reaching the age of 16 years, a person may drive a motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc in public places.

  • As per provisions of section 18, no person shall drive a transport vehicle in a public place unless they are above the age of 20 years.

  • No person shall receive a learner’s or driving licence to drive a class of vehicles on applying for the same unless they are eligible to drive that class.

How to Pay your Without License Fine in Tamil Nadu?

If you have received a without licence challan in Tamil Nadu, there are several options to clear your dues. You can either opt for an online payment via various portals or pay it offline.

Online Without DL Fine Payment Process

  • You can make an online payment to clear your without licence challan in the following ways:

  • By visiting the official website of the Tamil Nadu police

  • By visiting the eChallan website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

  • Via Paytm eChallan payment portal

How to Pay Your Fine for No Driver’s Licence via the Official Website of Tamil Nadu Police?

  • Go to the official website of Tamil Nadu police.

  • Click on “Citizen Services (Paid)” and select “E-Payment of Traffic Challans.”

  • After clicking on it, you will be redirected to the eChallan Parivahan website.

How to Complete the Payment via the eChallan Website?

  • Visit the eChallan website.

  • You can choose to proceed with the challan by providing either information, your challan number, vehicle number or DL number.

  • If you have a challan, enter the challan number along with the captcha to proceed.

  • If you are unaware of challan details, you can go with the vehicle number or DL number. In case of vehicle number, enter your vehicle number and the last 5 characters of the chassis number or engine number.

  • Enter the captcha and get the challan details.

  • You can also go ahead with your DL number by simply entering the number and captcha.

  • Once you get the details, you can go ahead with the payment process.

  • Choose your preferred payment options from the list and pay the fine.

  • You will receive a message for payment confirmation.

Clearing Without DL Fine using PayTM

Paytm Mobile App:

  • Open the Paytm app on your mobile device.

  • Select “Recharge and Pay Bills.”

  • Scroll and find “Traffic Challan” and tap on it.

  • Select the “Traffic Authority.” In this case, select “Chennai Traffic Police.”

  • Enter “Challan Number and Vehicle Number”. Tap on “Proceed.”

  • Select your preferred way of payment from the list.

  • Complete the payment.

Paytm Website:

  • Go to Paytm's official website.

  • Go to “All Payment Services.”

  • Click on “Challan” to pay your fine.

  • Follow the same steps as above.

Offline Without DL Fine Payment Process

  • You can pay your fine offline in three ways, which are as follows:

Visiting Traffic Police Headquarters

  • Visit the nearest police headquarters in Tamil Nadu.

  • Carry along your identity proof documents, driving licence, and a copy of your challan.

  • Request the officers to check your fine amount and pay via cash.

Approach a Traffic Police Officer

  • You can approach a traffic police officer with an eChallan machine.

  • Provide them with details like registration number, DL number, Chassis number, etc.

  • Complete the payment using your preferred method.

Issuing a Demand Draft or Cheque

  • You can issue a cheque or Demand Draft with the due amount and post it to the traffic police headquarters.

What Happens if You Do Not Pay Your Without Licence Challan in Tamil Nadu?

If you have not paid your driving without licence challan on time, here is what happens:

  • The stipulated time to pay your challan is 60 days from the date of issue. If you do not pay on time, the challan will be forwarded to the court.

  • If you do not pay the fine within the stipulated time, any traffic police officer can contact you at your registered address for the same.

  • To pay the challan now, you will need to visit the court.

  • If you do not appear in court after you have been summoned, it can lead to 3 months of jail.

  • Further failure of payments and appearance in court can also result in temporary or permanent suspension of your driving licence.

How to Get a Valid Driver's Licence in Tamil Nadu?

Getting a valid driver’s licence in Tamil Nadu can be done via both online and offline methods.

To Apply for a Licence Offline:

  • Visit Tamil Nadu RTO

  • Fill out the form carefully and attach copies of the required documents.

  • Submit the application form along with the documents.

  • Your details will be verified with reference to your original documents.

  • Pay the application fees and select a slot for the DL test.

  • Pass the test and get your licence.

To Apply Online, Follow These Steps:

  • Go to the Parivahan website.

  • Select the state as Tamil Nadu.

  • Click on “Apply for Driving Licence.”

  • Fill in the applicant details precisely.

  • Upload necessary documents as proofs.

  • Upload your photo and signature if required.

  • Book the slots for the DL test at your convenience.

  • Complete the process by paying through the preferred mode of payment

  • Verify the status of your payment.

  • Print the receipt

  • Carry the receipt and necessary documents on the test day.

  • Pass the test to get a valid driver’s licence.

> How to Renew Your DL in Tamil Nadu?

You will need to renew your driver’s licence before or after its expiration of validity. Follow these steps to renew your DL in Tamil Nadu:

Online Process:

  • Visit the Parivahan website.

  • Select “Online Services.”

  • Select “Driving Licence Related Services”

  • Select the state as ‘Tamil Nadu’

  • Click on “Apply for DL Renewal.”

  • Enter your DL Number And Date of Birth (DOB) and click on “Submit.”

  • Verify the existing photo and signature. Click “Yes” for confirmation.

  • Enter your Aadhaar Number. You will receive an OTP on the registered mobile number for Aadhaar Authentication.

  • Verify your name, DOB, photo and signature on both documents.

  • Click on “Proceed.”

  • Click on Form 1, fill out the details and submit the application.

  • After clicking on Submit, a new application number will be generated and will be sent to your registered mobile number via SMS.

  • Upload your photo, signature, and other required documents.

  • Click “Next” to complete the payment process.

  • Download the receipt.

  • Take all the supporting documents and the receipt to the RTO.

  • You will receive a new smartcard DL after confirmation via post.

Offline Process:

  • Visit the nearest RTO with existing DL and other supporting documents.

  • You can download the renewal application form from the Parivahan website or get it from the RTO.

  • Fill out the application form (Form 9) with your details.

  • Complete the verification process and submit the form.

  • Pay the fees and get a receipt.

  • You will get the renewed DL via post sent to your registered address.

Tips to Avoid the Driving Without Licence Fine in Tamil Nadu

  • Avoid driving your vehicle without carrying a valid DL.

  • If you have a learner’s licence, ensure that you have someone along with you who has a permanent DL.

  • Ensure that your DL is within the validity period. If you have applied for renewal of your DL, carry its receipt.

  • To avoid a without licence challan, create a soft copy of your DL in DigiLocker. Note that not all officers will accept a soft copy so carry the card with you at all times while driving.

List of the Laws and Acts Pertaining to Driver's Licences

Section 3: It states that no person can drive a vehicle without a valid licence in a public place.

Section 4: This section states the legal age to obtain a valid driving licence. It prescribes that you have to be 18 years of age to fulfil the eligibility and 16 years of age to drive a vehicle of 50 cc engine capacity.

Section 5: According to this section, a vehicle owner should not allow people who do not fulfil sections 3 and 4 to drive their vehicle.

Section 6: This section talks about the restrictions to hold a driving licence.

Section 19: Under this section, there are instances where authorities revoke or disqualify a licence.

Section 181: This section states the penalty if sections 3 and 4 are not obeyed, which is a fine of ₹5000 or 3 months imprisonment or both.

How Can Tata AIG Help Fulfil Your Legal Compliance?

Among the 4 mandatory documents a driver must possess, a driving licence is primary, and it is important to get legal permission to drive. Another one that is mandatory and also offers two-wheeler drivers protection is a two-wheeler insurance policy.

Driving opens us to many dangers, such as theft, road accidents, etc, which results in financial loss. To avoid dealing with unprecedented financial challenges, you must consider getting yourself long-term two-wheeler insurance. You can buy two-wheeler insurance online by visiting Tata AIG’s official website.

With Tata AIG as your insurance partner, you can get coverage against theft, accidental damage, damages caused by natural disasters and much more. To get maximum benefits out of your insurance policy and a trouble-free insurance claim, always carry your driving licence with you.


Without licence, a fine is charged to individuals who do not abide by the laws stated in the MV Act. If found driving without licence, fine in Tamil Nadu is ₹5000 or three months imprisonment or both. To avoid going through the hassle of paying penalties, carry your documents every time you are going on rides.


What is the penalty for individuals who allow unauthorised driving in Tamil Nadu?

According to section 20 of the MV Act, any person who allows unauthorised driving will be charged ₹5000 as a penalty.

What is the fine for rash and negligent driving in Tamil Nadu?

If you are found driving dangerously in Tamil Nadu, you will be charged ₹1000 the first time and ₹10,000 the second time.

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