Driving Licence Test

A Driving Licence Test is essential for you to receive your driving licence in the country. Only with a valid driving licence can you ride or drive your two-wheeler and four-wheeler in India. A driving licence test comprises of a theory part along with a practical assessment as well.

Driving Licence Test Procedure

Instructions for Submission of Application

  • Fill the details of the applicant or the request.
  • Upload the documents.
  • Upload the photo and signature (if required). It is applicable for certain states only.
  • Book a slot for DL Test. It is required only for AEDL (Additional Endorsement of Driving Licence).
  • Pay the fee.

About Driving Licence Test

There are mainly two types of driving licences which are:

  1. Learner’s Licence – It is a temporary licence valid for only 6 months.
  2. Permanent Licence – Will be given once you pass your driving test.

To obtain the permanent license you will have to pass the test which should be simple if you are well-versed with your driving skills. You can book an appointment online in before you appear for the test or you can visit the RTO directly with the relevant documents. You will be able to see the available slots if you log on to the official website to book your slot. You must choose among the available slots. Once the slot is booked, you need to go to the RTO for the test at the designated time.

Your driving skills will be tested in the Permanent Driving Licence Test. Your test will be conducted by an Inspector from the RTO. It involves the candidate having to drive through the RTO’s designated driving track. You will be tested on general driving skills, how well you follow the rules, and your knowledge of the rules. You can read the text of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989 (Driving Test) for information.

Procedure For Driving Licence Test

  1. You can get the application form CMV 4 either from the enquiry counter or you can choose to download it by going online. You will need to submit 3 passport size photographs if you decide to get it from the counter.
  2. You will need to produce the following documents to be eligible for a Driving Licence:
    • Valid learner’s licence.
    • All the required documents of the vehicle in which you propose to appear for the driving test. This includes Registration Certificate, Insurance Certificate, Tax Card, ‘Pollution under Control Certificate’ and if it is a transport vehicle, the Fitness Certificate and any other related documents.
    • In case you are appearing for the test with a transport vehicle, you will also need the certificate in form CMV 5 which will be issued by your Driving Training School.
    • PUC Certificate
    • Completely filled Application form
    • Recent passport size photographs
  3. For the Driving Licence test, you need to go to the RTO office and pay a fee of Rs. 40 for a DL book. You will also need to pay Rs. 50 for the Driving Test. You must submit the application along with the documents to the RTO.

    *Revised fee for DL Test in January – 2017 – Rs. 300

  4. Next, the driving test will be conducted. Once you pass the test and have paid the fee, your details will be taken and the DL will be given to you within a period of time.

Types of three and four wheeler vehicles

Vehicles Class of Vehicle Six Character Abbreviate Code COV Code Category of License
Light Motor Vehicle (Motor Car, Jeep etc) Light Motor Vehicle (Car) LMV 4 Non-Transport
Taxi, Maxi Cab etc LMV Transport PSV (Taxi Cab) LMVCAB 16 Transport
Auto Rickshaw-Non Transport LMV 3Wheeler Non Transport 3W-NT 5 Non-Transport
Auto Rickshaw-Transport LMV 3Wheeler Cab(Auto Rickshaw) 3W-CAB 8 Transport
Three Wheelers Goods Vehicle(Delivery Vans) LMV 3Wheeler Transport Goods 3W-GV 9 Transport

LMV Test Sequence

These are the skills that you will be assessed on as a motorcar driver:

  • Ability to Parallel Park (alongside a kerb).
  • Ability to drive forward on an ‘8’ shaped road.
  • Ability to drive forward on a road that has an upward Gradient. The candidate should be able to do so without any backward movement.
  • Ability to drive backward on an ‘S’ shaped road.

Two Wheelers Licence Track Test

The following are the steps you must follow when you go to the RTO for a two-wheeler licence test:

  • Candidate must come to the RTO at the time slot allotted to them with the valid Learners License
  • They must also have with them the Driving Licence Test Fee Paid receipt
  • Candidate must report at the Registration Desk before the allotted time
  • The SARATI software database will verify the Candidate’s ID, LL and other documents.
  • As part of the identity verification, there will be a thumbs verification carried out.
  • If the candidate is found to be eligible, he/she will be given Authorizations document to enter the Testing Area
  • The Authorizations document will include details such as Name, LL number, Class of Vehicle for which the test is being attempted, Date of Birth, LL issue date etc. The candidate is also required to carry an unique ID number and an RFID card for use in the test track
  • Candidate should enter the Testing area along with the vehicle and await his/her turn
  • For the two wheeler riding test, you must ride a Two Wheeler, in the forward direction, on a track shaped like an ‘8’. The candidate is expected not to place his/her foot down until the track is complete. The test must be completed within the stipulated time.
  • For verification, the candidate must swipe his/her RFID card in the Reader which is placed at the entry of the track.
  • There will be Signal Lights in the track to guide the candidate
  • The signal light will flash red when the candidate ID is being verified by the computer system.
  • The signal will turn to green if the computer verifies that the candidate is eligible to take the test.
  • At this point, the candidate can start their two wheeler and move forward and cross the START line.
  • Once the START line is crossed, the Signal light would turn back to red.
  • While riding on the track, the candidate must make sure that none of the marker poles, which will be on the borders of the parking slot, are knocked down.
  • The computer will start a timer as soon as the candidate’s vehicle crosses the START line. The timer will run until the vehicle crosses the STOP line or until the allotted time finishes.
  • The computer will detect any violations like if the sensors are disturbed from their position and marks will be cut automatically. The marks at the end is decided by the number of violations and the amount of time the candidate took to complete the test.
  • There will be a video taken of the candidate completing the test. The clip will be stored as part of the candidate’s record.
  • As an additional record, the candidate’s picture will be taken midway of the test. The camera will be mounted inside the LMV.

What will happen if I happen to fail the test?

If you happen to have failed the DL test, you must collect your application and documents and leave. You can appear for the test again after 7 days. You will need to pay the test fees when you appear for the re-test.

Advice Before taking DL Test

You will need to fulfil the following requirements when you appear for the Driver’s Licence Test:

  1. Bring your valid learner’s licence, application forms and other relevant documents
  2. Test Slot Booking slip along with New Test Slot if Booked from internet or from any RTA Office
  3. Many people go for the test through an agent. They fear that going independently will reduce their chance of passing the test. This is not true.
  4. The lack of confidence and lack of skills are the main reasons that many people fail at the test. Also, candidates must have a good knowledge of signals, signs and rules.
  5. Avoid stalling the vehicle during the test. Stalling the vehicle will signal that you are not completely adept with your driving skills.

Do or Don’ts while taking DL Test


  • You must appear at least one hour before the time slot that you have been given.
  • You must appear with the respective class of vehicle that you are appearing for the test.
  • The test must be conducted in the presence of Motor Vehicle Inspector.
  • Wear a seatbelt while driving a four wheeler. Wear a helmet while riding a two wheeler.


  • Do not take the test unless you are confident with your driving skills.

Importance of driving test in India:

The driving test conducted by the RTO allows an individual to avail a driving licence. The DL is given to the individual upon successfully passing the test. If you wish to clear the driving test, then going to a good driving school and learning to drive is advisable. Taking the test has several perks:

  • You learn the ABC (Accelerator Brake Clutch) of cars and get a clear picture of how it works
  • Driving on a busy road requires you to abide by certain rules, all of which will be taught during the training exercises
  • Learn the hand signals and indicators to be used while driving
  • Know how to park, where to park your car and learn parallel parking
  • Learn lane driving and safety measures that you must take when driving
  • Learn to do a reverse S
  • Know how to do a forward S
  • Learn to drive on a gradient without allowing the car to roll backward
  • Know how to read the important road signs and signals


News About Driving Licence Test

  • Online driving test for learner’s license see a 75% success rate in Delhi

    The online process to obtain learner’s licence in Delhi has seen a success rate of nearly 75% within one month of its launch. The facility was rolled out by the Delhi Government on 11 August for eligible individuals to apply online to get learners' licences, and give the test from the comfort of their home or workplace. A total of 37,784 applications were received till 11 September, out of which 28,115 applicants, or 75% successfully cleared the online test. A total of 9,669 applications remained pending, while 2,207 were unable to clear the test. A total of 328 applicants could not clear the test due to colour blindness.

    14 September 2021

  • All those wanting licences can now book their slots for the LLR tests

    These tests for the Learner’s Licence (LLR) and also the Fresh Driving Licence (FDL) had stopped due to the pandemic. Now, these have restarted and are being conducted. People who have booked the slots for the test in May and June, and could not go for the test will be permitted to take the tests up to 15 July.

    13 July 2021

  • Maharashtra govt. issues two directives to state’s 50 RTOs

    The Maharashtra government has issued two new directives to the 50 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). The two directives are allowing people obtain a learner's license by sitting for a test from home and registering non- transport vehicles without taking them physically to the RTOs. These new initiatives are expected to be inaugurated in the net two – three days by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

    As per the state government directive, those requiring a learner's license will need to provide their Aadhar card number before giving an online test sitting at home. As per an official, the applicant will be able to apply for a learner's licence test after watching a few online videos on road safety. He/she must answer at least 60 percent of questions correctly to clear the test. If successful, they can print a learner's licence on their own.

    15 June 2021

  • One can lose driving license on the spot for indulging in drunk driving

    Individuals can lose their driving licenses on the spot if caught for drunk driving in the Cyberabad Commissionerate limits. The Cyberabad Traffic Police (CTP) and the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) are working out possibilities of such action. The move has been necessitated after the police began noticing that even after even after instances of persons been jailed, courts and RTA suspending and cancelling licenses, the cases of drunk driving haven’t reduced.

    The traffic police department has joined hands with the RTA to link their databases, thereby ensuring that RTA’s database including licence and personal details of motorists can be accessed by the CTP and vice versa. The tie-up with ensure that driving licences can be suspended immediately will be saved in both databases for future use. It will also allow police to take further action against the person if caught again for drunk driving. Officials have stated that with Cyberabad witnessing a large number of road accidents and deaths every year, strict enforcement of traffic rules is of utmost importance.

    29 March 2021

  • In Nepal, you can apply now and get a driving licence test after 5 months

    Due to the closure of the system for around nine months, the Department of Transport Management of Nepal has said that it collected a huge pile of driving licence applications.

    The department has also said that they removed the ceiling on the number of applications. Now, one has to wait for as long as five months to take the written and also the practical tests to get a licence for two- and four-wheelers in the state according to the department.

    As of now, there are 19 transport management offices which offer driving licences in the country and most of them have got the exam schedules packed for the next five months. Five licence offices in Kathmandu have a huge piles of applications.

    1 February 2021

  • Getting online appointment for driving test ‘a hard task’ in Amritsar

    Those looking to obtain driving licence are finding it difficult to get online appointments to undergo driving tests in Amritsar.

    Harassed applicants on condition of anonymity said they are unable to get an appointement despite their documents already being with the department concerned as they had procured learner’s licence. They applicants added that there was no problem in getting a learner’s licence, but it’s validity stays only for six months.

    However, an official in their defense said online registration opens at 9 am and ends up at 12 pm. New applicants take a lot of time to fill forms.

    19 November 2020

  • Draft Notification issued by Central Government allowing issuance of international driving permit

    A draft notification has been issued by the Central Government where the citizens will be issued an International Driving Permit (IDP) whose IDP has expired while being in a foreign country. The proposal also includes the removal of the requirement of producing a medical certificate and a valid visa at the time of applying for the request for the IDP in the Country. Citizen who has a valid driving licence should not be required to produce medical certificate.

    There are certain countries where the visa is given on arrival and in such cases the visa was not available when applying for the IDP in India before travel. The proposal now will be easier due to these proposals coming in effect. However, this is a draft notification dated October 7 and suggestions are being sought as an amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 will be required for the proposal to come to motion.

    14 October 2020

  • Changes in DL rules from October 1, 2020

    You will be witnessing significant changes related to rules pertaining to driving license from October 1. There were significant changes issued by the Central Government in issuing driving licenses (DL) and registration cards (RCs).

    The new rule also states that you will not get any discounts on your fuel payment if the mode of payment is credit card.

    The Registration cards (RCs) and driving licenses (DLs) will be issued across the country from October 1. There will be an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC) in your new driving license. These changes will help the government keep records related to penalties and other details of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the government database.

    29 September 2020

  • MVD’s decision to conduct driving test online receives flak

    In a big move, officers from other departments have been posted as Motor Licensing Officers (MLOs) for the first time. This comes after the Delhi government’s traffic department cracked down on three Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) for irregularities in issuance of driving licenses. The MLOs of the three RTOs were suspended.

    A transport department official stated that section officers of Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services (DASS) cadre has been posted as MLOs in order to break the monopoly of transport department cadre officers to hold sensitive public dealing posts. It is being done by Delhi government to bring more transparency in public services. The newly appointed MLOs have been posted at IP Depot, Mayur Vihar, and driving license suspension cell.

    10 September 2020

  • MVD’s decision to conduct driving test online receives flak

    The decision taken by The Motor Vehicles Department’s (MVD) in Kerala to conduct the learner’s licence tests online has received flak from various quarters, including the regional transport officers. Many are doubtful regarding that the new method will offer a fool-proof system to avoid malpractices during the test, which in turn affects its efficiency.

    As per an order issued on June 29 by Transport department principal secretary K R Jyothilal, the officers in regional transport offices have been directed by the government to ensure facilities for applicants to appear for the online test from their own homes using a computer or mobile phone. The order stated that the test be conducted online until further notice, and said learners’ licence shall be sent to candidates online. Applicants can use the licence after taking its print-out. The decision comes after the outbreak of Covid-19 has hindered the licence issuing process across the state.

    However, some officers believe that permitting applicants to appear for the tests at their respective homes or offices may give them a window to resort to malpractices. In addition, the MVD officers can directly verify the physical status of the applicant to ensure whether the person is physically fit to drive or not, while coming to the MVD office for the exam.

    7 July 2020

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