Tuesday, 16 July 2013

How to Apply for Driving License in India

Posted by Siva
Any person who wishes to drive a motor vehicle in India has to first obtain a learner's license for the purpose of learning. The person must then be tested before a permanent license is granted. A person should not be less than 20 years of age if he wants to learn to drive a transport vehicle.

Proof of age
Documents accepted for proof of age are Birth/School Leaving Certificate, Passport, etc.
Proof of residence
This can be supported by documents like the passport, ration card, electoral roll , electricity or telephone bill, etc.
Medical Certificate
It is required only in case of transport vehicles and can be obtained from any registered medical practitioner in the prescribed form.
3 copies of passport size.
A fee of Rs. 15 should be paid.
          A learner's license is valid only for a period of six (6)months. If the driving test for a permanent license is not passed during this period, a fresh learner's license needs to be obtained.
          A person who holds a learner's license is permitted to drive only if he is accompanied by a duly licensed driver who is sitting in a position from where he can control the vehicle and bring it to a stop if required. The vehicle must display 'L' painted signs, both in the front and the rear end of the vehicle.

          A person holding a learner's license for a motorcycle is not permitted to carry any pillion-rider except the person who is required to be present for imparting instructions and ensuring safety (as mentioned above).
Obtaining Permanent Driving License
A Permanent license of the appropriate class will be granted after the successful completion of a driving test conducted by the RTO. The test for the issue of the Permanent license is conducted after a minimum of 30 days from the date of issue of the learner's license. In case of failure, a retest can be requested but not before a period of 7 days.
  • Transport vehicles : 3 years
  • All other vehicles    : 5 years, or up to the age of 50 years, whichever is more.
  • After the age of 50, the license will be renewed for a period of 5 years at a time.
  • Photograph    :  3 copies passport size
  • Fee                  :   Rs. 15 for driving test Rs. 20 for license

The application for renewal must be accompanied by:
The driving license
Medical Certificate in case of transport vehicle
3 copies of photograph
Renewal fee of Rs. 15
An Expired license is valid for 30 days and can be renewed during this grace period without a penalty.
A license expired by more than 30 days can be renewed on payment of a penalty, provided the application is made within a period of five years from the date of expiry. The penalty is charged at Rs. 10/- per year or a part thereof.
The License can be renewed through any RTO in the country, irrespective of the place of its issue. If a driver changes his residence, the new address should be incorporated in the license.
If the original is defaced or lost, a duplicate license can be issued on the production of:
The License number
3 copies of photograph
Fee of Rs. 20 ( for laminated license the fee will be higher as prescribed by the RTO
The application for duplicate license must be made to the same RTO that has issued the original license.
In case the license number is not available, the application has to be made to any other RTA, the procedure is same as applicable for the fresh license (learner license, driving test, etc.)
International License
International Driving Permit can be issued by the RTO or other motoring associations like WIAA which are authorized by the government. Such a license is valid for one year.
  • Current Indian Driving License valid for at least another year.
  • Current Passport
  • 3 copies of a recent photograph and Fee of Rs. 10.

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Driving Licence can be applied 30 days after the issue of Learner's Licence. Driving Licene is made only for the class of vehicles where Learning License has been applied for.



The Validity for a non-transport vehicle is 20 years or until the date on which a person attains the age of fifty, whichever is earlier. A person who has attained 50 years of age on the date of issue or renewal of licence ; on renewal will attain a DL effective for 5 years.


The validity for transport vehicle is for 3 years
Licence to drive a transport vehicle carrying goods of dangerous and hazardous nature is effective for a period of one year.

International Driving Permit:

International Driving permit will be valid for a period of not more than one year from the day of issue or till the validity of the driving licence, whichever is earlier.


1. Application for driving licence should be made in Form 4 accompanied by

An effective learner’s licence to drive the vehicle of the type to which the application relates.
Appropriate fees
Medical Certificate.
These forms should be submitted at the Fee counter. Keep the receipt safely for further reference.

2. Test:

The applicant should then appear for a driving Test with the Motor Vehicle Inspector(MVI).

No person shall appear for the test of competence to drive unless he has held a learner’s licence for a period of 30 days.
Where the application does not pass the Driving Licence test he may be permitted to re-appear for the test after a period of seven days.
Provided where the applicant does not pass the test even after three appearances, he shall not be qualified to re-appear for such test before the expiry of a period of sixty days from the date of last such test.

3. Interview:

An interview of road singns and a few general questions regarding road safety are questioned from the applicant. The application can be rejected if the test is failed.

4. Delivery of the Driving Licence:

The Driving Licence will be delivered to the applicant by the India Postal Service

How to Apply for Learning License :: 


A Learner's Licence (LL) is valid for a period of 6 months. Driving Licence (DL) should be applied 30 days after after issue of LL and before the end of validity.

How to apply:

1) Submit forms

Application for Learner’s Licence should be filled up in form 2 accomapnied by:

a) Evidence of correctness of address and age is required during application. For eg.     :

Electoral Roll
Life Insurance Policy
Pay slip issued by any office of Central/State government or local body
School certificate
Birth Certificate
Certificate granted by a registered medical practitioner not below the rank of a Civil Surgeon, as to age of person.
b) Medical Certificate(Self Declaration of physical fitness should be filled in Form 1 and a medical certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner in form 1A.)
c) Driving Licence if case of learner’s licence for add of COV (class of Vehicle)
d) Appropriate fees
e) Blood Group Proof
2) Capture biometrics

Photograph, Signature, Finger Prints are captured.

Age Limit:

No person under the age of eighteen years shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place. Provided that a motor cycle with engine capacity not exceeding 50cc may be driven in a public place by a person attaining the age of sixteen years. No person under the age of twenty years shall drive a transport (commercial) vehicle in any public place.

Restriction on granting Learner's licecnce to certain vehicles:

No person shall be granted a learner’s licence to drive a transport (commercial) vehicle unless he has held a driving licence to drive a motor vehicle for at least one year
No Person under the age of eighteen years shall be granted a learner’s licence to drive a motor cycle without gear except with the consent in writing of the person having the care of the person desiring the learner’s licence.

Learner's Licence Holder Rules:

A learner licence holder should be accompanied by an instructor holding an effective driving licence and in such a position to take control or stop the vehicle.
‘L’ should be painted on the car/plate/ card on both the front and the rear of the vehicle, in red and a white background. The painting should be should not be less than 18 centimeters square and the “L” shall not be less than 10 cm high, 2 cm thick and 9 cm wide at the bottom.


On loss of original Leaner’s Licence, application for a duplicate LL can be made by submitting:
Learner’s Licence number


DL Fee (Fresh)
DL Fee
DL Test (per class of Vehicle)

Duplicate DL
DL Fee
Duplicate Fee

Renewal (Licence cannot be renewed before 30 days from the end of validity)
DL Fee
If renewed after 30 days of end of validity
Late Fine (first year)
Late Fine (per Year)

Renewal if not renewed for more than 5 years
Late Fine(per year)
Test(per class of Vehicle)

Change of Address
Dl Fee

DL Replace
DL Fee

Hazardous Endorsement
DL Fee

Issue of NOC0
 Add of COV
Dl Fee
Test Fee(per class of Vehicle)

Alter name in DL
DL Fee

Alter Photo
DL Fee

Surrender COV
DL Fee


Releavent Forms  :  Form 1   


  1. hi
    my permanent residence is in kolkata. becoz of new job I have to move to kanpur. am I eligible for driving licence in kanpur.

  2. from were i get this applicition form

  3. i want to apply

  4. if you had kolkata residence proof then you should be make driving license from kolkata.
    you want to make driving license from kanpur then you need the kanpur residency proof.
    you should make your driving license from kolkata.
    every state driving license is valid in all over india.

  5. Aadhaar Card now accepted as Proof of Identity as well as Proof of Address for issuance of PAN Card : http://e-aadhaar-card.blogspot.com/2013/12/aadhaar-card-now-accepted-now-as-poi-and-poa-for-issuance-of-pan-card.html

  6. hello, i reside in hyderabad , andhra pradesh. i have an Indian permanent driving license which got delivered to me on feb 10th 2014. I wish to make an international driving permit. My query is, whether im eligibile for the permit with my license ? Iam 20 years old. Is there any experience required for the permit?