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Driving License – Karachi

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Driving License…….. After getting good news that one can re-new the license without paying any bribe, last week I decided to give it a try after a long long time. I downloaded the form from Traffic Police website, take its printout, fill in the form, attach all required documents and get ready to get the license.

Note: You can get the form, required information and traffic sign book from Traffic Police website & can contact me in case of any query (not for any link there 🙂 ).

My Visit:

To get a renewed license I [Step-1] reached Clifton branch at 9:30 in the morning and went to the information desk. They verify my form and required document, staple documents and paste the photos on the form, after this he told me to go to Post office room 4 for fee submission then room 2 for medical and finally room 3 for picture and application submission.

[Step-2] I went to room 4’s post office window and submit the fee for 5 years that is Rs. 1860, [Step-3] then went to another window of room 4 and got a ticket of Rs. 100. After getting receipts of fee and token [Step-4] I came in room 2 for medical at around 10:00, no token or line were available here but you can sit on available chairs and wait. At around 10:30 a person calls everyone to line up, his statement was “ajao bhai saray idhar ajao jo pahlay ay thay agay ajao line bana lo” as if everyone knows who come in first and even if knows then are innocent enough to get in line at his own number 🙂 . Fortunately I got the chance at 5th place in the line. (The person who asked us to line up check form and asked to go to helpdesk and get everything staple. If you have plans to go there then it’s better to get them staple before coming into this room.) On my turn I got in the room and the doctor asked me to read the characters on the board for eye side testing, I was not able to read the characters he wanted me to read but he stamped the form & I was declared as fit. Now the last step is to submit the form and picture in room 3. I had to [Step-5] pay Rs. 125 for license card and submit the form, I did so and wait for my call. After around 20 minutes they called me, I get in happily that now they [Step-6] take my picture and it’s all done. But 😦 the shocking news that I received is that my current license is not original & he ask me to go back to Information Desk.

This is something which was very disturbing and in fact the reason of writing this blog.

The history of my license is that in 2001 I went to license office with an ASP who took Rs. 2500, complete all the requirements including medical and photos and handover me the license next day in my office. So anyone who get there license the same way or any similar way like pay amount to anyone there and saved their time must go and verify it. [Person on help desk and at learner section confirms that it is normal here and a possible case.]

From above experience of mine you can easily get an idea that you do not have to worry about bribe or any other issue if you have original license and would like to renew it. In case of new license the problem is the written and oral test, one cannot guarantee that even if you replying and writing correct answer you can pass it.

Visit Continues:

On the help desk I told him the updated story, he asked me to go to learning license section and check with the help of my NIC either I have a learners license or not, fortunately I have that. So I asked to fill the learner license form, submit Rs 200 fee for it, get a new learner license, take it to DSP who mark the name of the tester on it. After doing all this activity I finally reach the person who has to take my exam he handed over a paper with 12 questions on it, I have to mark True or False. The result is 7 out of 12 were wrong and I had the choice of only two wrongs. So I was FAILED 😦 .

Now he asked me to come again after 45 days and put a failed stamp on my form. Now I am in search of material with the help of which I can prepare for this Exam 🙂 .

Yes! It is not impossible that I can’t fail in this exam but the things that put me in doubt about the result are:

–        The written test is not mentioned on Traffic Police website.
–        Nothing related to these questions is mentioned in traffic booklet. I have already read it.
–        There were some answers about which I was sure that they are correct but still he mark them as wrong. May be I am  wrong 🙂 (By the way I gave traffic test on India and England websites and gave around 90% correct answers)

You can share your experience in comments or via email.


Written by Adeel Rehman

February 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM

31 Responses

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  1. Bottom line is he failed you because you didn’t payed the bribe. This is the unfortunate reality.


    February 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    • Hmm may be, let see what happen after 45 days. This time I will InshAllah appear in the test after reading the whole highway code book.

      Adeel Rehman

      February 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      • 2 Rakaat is Important ! you must pray Salat ul Hajaat before going anywhere 🙂
        A book is available from the post office nearby for exam preparation. I cleared the test normally and without bribe etc… just 2 Rakat before going there and pray Allah SWT to solve all these matters


        February 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      • Yap, you are right. Next time InshaAllah I will do the same 🙂

        Adeel Rehman

        February 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

  2. Adeel bhai, after 45 days you will again fail in exam.. and it would happen until you don’t feed them…
    “This is the unfortunate reality.”

    Wasiq Manzoor

    February 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    • and you know, this is the only reason I am not going for new License…. 😦

      Wasiq Manzoor

      February 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      • No my friend it wont be the case InshAllah. I will try again and again till I get it 🙂 ofcourse without bribe or any sort of feeding…

        Adeel Rehman

        February 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

  3. (Pasting Jaffer’s comment that he sent via email after getting his approval.)


    I have got my Computerized Driving License 4 months ago, as previously I had Nawabshah’s license. I have already heard the stories of bribe and fake licenses. But just like you, I have decided to go without bribe. I cleared written test without any hassle but failed in Traffic Signs test as I was over confident that I know them all, but there are some printing errors on the board which made some of them ambiguous. My friends suggested me to give some bribe but I refused their idea and tried again after 45 days and everything went smooth.

    Important Points:-

    •Read the Highway Code book carefully, you will find the answers of 80% of written test questions in it.
    •You should learn by heart each and every traffic sign. including the difference between different categories of signs for example warnings etc.
    •Before traffic signs test, read the board yourself carefully because there are some miss printings which may cause ambiguity.

    •They have the same written test for everyone and even after 45 days you will have to answer same questions.
    •I remember that you can make 4 mistakes in written test.

    •You should be an expert in parallel parking as they make video of your parallel parking skills.
    •Always take your own car for test so that you will be more comfortable with its judgements etc.

    Note : Fake License could cause big trouble and legal complications in case of a fatal accident so everyone should hold an original license.

    Best regards,
    Muhammad Jaffar Ramay

    Adeel Rehman

    February 6, 2012 at 8:56 PM

  4. Asslam-o-alaikum,

    InshAllah Adeel bhai you’ll get it. Just do what nabeel has suggested plus recite durood e ibrahimi while there. It is people like us who compel them to ask for bribe just for the sake of avoiding difficulties we normally give bribe without realizing its bad results for hereafter, as told in one of hadith, the meaning of which is that both bribe giver and taker will be in hell-fire.

    No doubt it is hard to go without bribe but afterall to go in straight path in this world is not so simple and that’s why is paradise. If paradise was so easy everybody would be in it, but you have to pay price in this world to get paradise hereafter.

    I’ll pray for your success for here and hereafter, inshAllah. Go ahead. If you encounter there any difficulty on the day of test, just let me know, i will go with you to DSP office to log complaint for bribe.

    JazakAllah Kharan.

    Pir Khurram Rashdi

    February 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

  5. I went to license office today, was caught in the trap by an agent who assured me original license, I got the license within a day(approx 5hrs) delivered to me. After he was gone, I chkd that the license no. is my ID card no. followed by hash nd 333 like this- 42104-8850009-4#333, I called the agent asking if that was a mistake, he said now I will have to pay 1500rs more for correction, I’ve already given him 3500rs…. When I said him I will ask DSP about the matter and why pay when it’s not my mistake!!! He started to cool down and it felt he was trying to stop me from it and so much that he agreed to get the correction done without any money, but I’ve to pay for affidavit and Noc……
    It really vexes me, what should I do next? I think my license is fake…. First thing can I get my learners license issued again( so I don’t have to wait fr 45days) ?

    Daniyal khan

    December 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM

  6. I want to know what kind of Oral and Written test they take. What questions do they ask!!!


    June 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    • Frankly speaking I didn’t visit back since that day and didn’t remember exactly what were the questions, among them one was like is it fine to park on footpath?

      There were no oral test, may be they take it if I pass the exam :). In the written one there were 12 or 14 questions True False and you can make 3 mistakes.

      Adeel Rehman

      June 29, 2013 at 1:31 AM

  7. Can anyone tell me the address of the clifton or nazimabad branch address


    September 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

  8. We recently gotten a new license made too and what bothers me is that it is indeed NIC # followed by several digits. We went through license office clifton. The only contact we used was an officer at the same office and we did went through a proper test. I myself went along with the traffic police guy when he got the license printed and laminated from a section inside the License office. So unless they are making fake licenses inside the license office Clifton in day light after conducting real driving tests, my license should be original. Forgot to mention we had a proper learner made before this as well.

    fayyaz lodhi

    December 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

  9. Almost samething happend with me, now the next test is after 42 days.
    Najam Parvez Anwar

    Najam Parvez Anwar

    February 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM

  10. Can some one confirms how we can get verification of our driving license that it is original or fake?

    Zohaib Ansari

    December 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    • When you go to get it renew you will get an idea about it :). May be you can get it verified from there computer room.

      Adeel Rehman

      July 28, 2015 at 4:56 PM

  11. After 42 days Fees(1960) dubara se utni he deni hogi????


    March 31, 2015 at 6:39 PM

  12. Well today i went for my permanent driving license for 5 yrs and fullfilled medical and computerized questioner which i got 87 in first phase of questions and 90 in second phase questions were very tricky and no one was there to help me as i was confused in dahyiaan haath and bahyiaan haath but in the end Alhamdullillah my understanding was correct then they ask me to clear drivng test i was well confident for that i parked my GLI but surprisingly they did not allowed me to see from my car back view camera and conditions for clear test was unexpected infect for me it was impossible and i failed in last stage now i have to reappear after 42 day but i dont think i can do even once in my life (Car is big and pocket parking is small).

    Muhammad Zubair

    July 7, 2015 at 11:34 AM

  13. Salam, can somebody please confirm that in case I fail my test, will I have to pay the fees again?


    August 5, 2015 at 10:36 PM

  14. I want to renew the license, My license was issued from Clifton Branch. Can I renew from Nazimabad branch?


    August 25, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    • Not sure if they are connected or not you can give it a try. If anyone else tried it please update.

      Adeel Rehman

      August 25, 2015 at 7:53 PM


        Is old Book type driving licence still valid in KARACHI to drive and renew? ? Or not? ?



        March 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM

      • Walikum Asalam,
        Nope, they are only renewing for above 60 drivers.

        Adeel Rehman

        March 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM

  15. can a driving license issued from Hyderabad be renewed from Karachi ? Regards


    October 25, 2016 at 2:37 PM

  16. I went today to get my license .. I failed in academic test… Out of 25, 19 were marked correct and result was FAIL. Told ne yo come back after 42 days …
    Now, I went straight to guy who helped me make my learners license… He told me k ye sab scene hotey hai .. App subah I mere pass ajatey app Ko 2 ghantr Mai license nil jata …
    I think its a tactic by police 😦 the names in list above all fails including me 😦 …


    April 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM

  17. It is useless to complain or suggest as no one has time to review and correct the system, but still I am writing.
    I appreciate that now Driving License offices have been modernized, corruption is also not as much as before. But still, we are facing great difficulty at medical checkup (Eye Test), the arrangement is not up to standard, room lighting is inadequate, in the poor light they ask us to read the last the smallest font line and they fail 85% of applicants there, then we have to bribe or go to procedure of obtaining a 3rd party fitness certificate from any “Eye Clinic”. That is extra burden and time-consuming job for us.
    I request the higher authorities that they visit the testing room themself and do effort to improve the location and staff attitude and dealing with the people.
    Proper lighting must be there and they should adopt practical and realistic way of testing, not the ideal lab condition test result.

    Syed Mahmood

    March 10, 2021 at 5:10 PM

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