Driving Licence Test

The coveted driving licence; for many of us, it has been the ultimate teenage dream to drive ourselves. The freedom and independence it bestows is like nothing else. The only obstacle that stands between you and that piece of paper granting you permission to drive (other than the ability to drive) is the Driving Licence Test. Driving Licence Test involves both and a written part and practical part. The written part (which will give you a learner’s licence upon passing) can be given the day you turn 18 and the practical test can be taken after one month of getting a learner’s permit.

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 License).
  • Pay the fee.

About Driving License Test

The official document certifying that you are qualified to drive a motor vehicle/vehicles is a Driving Licence. In India, according to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, you cannot drive a motor vehicle in any public area unless you hold a valid Driving Licence. It should be issued to you by the government and must authorise you to drive a vehicle of that particular category. For example, if your driving licence qualifies you to drive a four wheeler, it does not automatically entitle you to be able to ride a two wheeler in public.

You may be issued two kinds of Driving Licences in India: Learner's Licence and Permanent Licence. Learner's Licence is a temporary document and is valid only for six months. You can avail a Permanent Licence only after you have completed one month from the date that your Learner's Licence was issued.

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 License 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 License:
    • 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.

    OLD Fee for Driving Licence Test – Rs. 50

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

  4. Next, the driving test will be conducted. You will be made familiar with a few traffic rules. If you have performed satisfactorily in the driving test, the testing authority will confirm the status of the issue of driving licence. The Asst. R.T.O. will pass an order for the issue of your driving licence if you have passed the test. If you are one of the applicants who have passed the test and paid the fees, you will be moved to a room with a computer used to capture your photo. You will receive your Driving licence the next day between 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

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

Driving Test for Heavy Vehicle

Until 2014, obtaining a licence for heavy vehicle such as buses, lorries and trucks was not very difficult as the test practices were more relaxed. However, rules have become much more stringent and the test more structured. Applicants need to test well on a track specially designed for heavy vehicles. So far, the RTOs of most places have these rules intact, however there are still many places around the country where licence can be obtained much more easily. Tougher tests means that only those with good skills in driving heavy vehicles will be on the roads.

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 Learner’s 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 license. 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

  • 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

  • Training in heavy vehicle driving given by APSRTC in Guntur

    Dhanunjaya, Executive Director, SC Corporation, Guntur District has informed that the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of APSRTC are inviting applications from SC students to impart training in driving heavy vehicles in three parliamentary constituencies in the district of Guntur. He has urged these candidates to apply from APSRTC.

    There will be three heavy vehicle driving schools in Guntur, Narasaraopet and Baptala Parliament constituencies and will issue driving licenses for heavy vehicles for students. The students will have to pay a fee of Rs.20,000 along with charges for boarding, lodging and GST. All the students who have passed SSC and have a Light Motor Vehicle driving license can apply for the post. The selected candidates will have to undergo training for a minimum of 32-40 days and they must apply for the job to the Regional Manager of APSRTC Guntur before 30 June.

    26 June 2020

  • No late fee to be charged for delay in paying stipulated amount till July 31

    The government in a bid to provide further relaxations amid the coronavirus pandemic has announced that citizens will not be charged any late fee till July 31 when it comes to paying the stipulated amount for renewal of important vehicle documents due from February 1. It must be noted here that in the month of March, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had extended the validity of several important motor vehicle documents like driving licenses, vehicle registration certificates and permits which had expired between February 1 and 30 June. The decision was taken due to the closure of the government transport offices in the wake of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24.

    26 May 2020

  • Driving licence test to become tougher in Gurugram with automated tracks

    With an aim to improve driving habits in the city, Gurugram will now get automated tracks for driving licence test. The move comes from the officials to improve the evaluation process while approving a driving licence. An automated track facility is already function in Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan area. Thanks to a tougher driving test, there will be an increase in the number of quality drivers on the road. The automated track project is being set up as a result of a partnership between with Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR). Gurugram will become the second city in the region to have such a facility. At present, the track has been proposed only for four wheelers and will will have an A-bend, 8-bend, H-bend, and a roundabout to ensure steering control skills of the driver. Moreover, in order to determine how far or close a vehicle is from the boundary while being driven, a 4-inch strip with sensors will also be laid along the side of the track. According to the authorities, the facility will be developed in collaboration with auto giant Maruti Suzuki, which currently runs IDTR centres elsewhere.

    25 June 2018

  • A Study Conducted By The SaveLIFE Foundation Reveals That 6 Out of 10 Get Driving Licence Without Giving A Test In India.

    Have you visited the RTO recently to get a driving licence? If you did, you will notice that one has the freedom to pay for their driving licence and doesn’t even have to attend the test to get it approved. The shocking revelation was confirmed by a study conducted by the SaveLIFE Foundation. SaveLIFE Foundation, a group that advocates road safety conducted a survey in 10 cities which includes metro cities as well as they have the highest number of vehicles. According to the survey, 6 out of 10 people in India hold a driving licence without even riding the vehicle or giving a test. According to the study, only 12% of Agra drivers got their licence by promptly giving a test. The remaining 88% of people agreed that they did not get their DL the honest way. Further, about 72% in Jaipur, 64% in Guwahati, 54% in Delhi, and almost 50% in Mumbai confessed that did not give a test to get their DL.

    24 July 2017

  • A Study Conducted By The SaveLIFE Foundation Reveals That 6 Out of 10 Get Driving Licence Without Giving A Test In India.

    Have you visited the RTO recently to get a Driving Licence? If you did, you will notice that one has the freedom to pay for their Driving Licence and doesn’t even have to attend the test to get it approved. The shocking revelation was confirmed by a study conducted by the SaveLIFE Foundation. SaveLIFE Foundation, a group that advocates road safety conducted a survey in 10 cities which includes metro cities as well as they have the highest number of vehicles. According to the survey, 6 out of 10 people in India hold a driving licence without even riding the vehicle or giving a test. According to the study, only 12% of Agra drivers got their licence by promptly giving a DL Test. The remaining 88% of people agreed that they did not get their DL the honest way. Further, about 72% in Jaipur, 64% in Guwahati, 54% in Delhi, and almost 50% in Mumbai confessed that did not give a test to get their DL.

    18 July 2017

  • Driving license delay because of testing

    Most of the applicants have to wait for 3 to 4 weeks for the Driving Test to get their license as all the five testing tracks in the city of Hyderabad are not able to accommodate all the applicants. There are 11 RTA offices in the GHMC limits but all of these offices do not have the testing tracks to conduct the driving tests causing this delay for the applicants to undergo this test. Right now, the testing tracks are in Uppal, Medchal, Kondapur, Nagole, and Irahimpatnam and it is believed that there is a delay of at least 2 weeks to undergo the test.

    Sources say that there is a delay of 3 weeks in Medchal and Uppal testing tracks. They also say that if applicants come for a test for 2 categories like car and bike, the applicants have to wait for 25 days particularly at the Uppal testing track. When asked about it, the authorities said that the driving tracks are in the outskirts of the city because there is no space for the land and hence, the delay. The applicants from Khairatabad and Mehdipatnam RTA offices have been asked to take tests at the nearest centre at Kondapur.

    6 July 2017

  • After report of irregularities, officers from other departments posted as MLOs

    The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will become the nation's first public transport provider to hire women drivers for the buses. MSRTC has already received hundreds of application after the announcement. In order to become a driver for the MSRTC, the applicant is required to have a valid Driving Licence for at least three years along with the driving experience of three years. Moreover, the applicant should have passed the 10th exams. One the applicant is short-listed, she will be required to appear for a written and Driving Licence Test. If the applicant clears the tests, MSRTC will train the candidate for a period of 42 days before the actual driving. The recruitments are for both driver and conductors.

    3 July 2017

  • Technical glitches on driving test track due to rain

    The driving license issuing process is likely to take a hit due to certain technical glitches in the automated Driving Test track. According to an official of the Regional Transport Office, the weather changes are creating problems in carrying out the Driving Test on the automated track. The rains have made it extremely difficult to conduct the DL issuance process. The cameras that have been installed on the drive track are not being able to receive the signals properly due to rains. He added that the sensors along with the cameras receive extremely bad signals due to the humidity present in the air. As a result of this problem, the applicants for driving license need to appear for the driving license test multiple times. At present, each applicant is clearing the test after four to five attempts. Thus, the Regional Transport Office is not being to carry out enough number of tests.

    The private agency that conducts these tests, has been asked by the RTO officials to rectify the system problems before the arrival of monsoons. Approximately 100 to 125 DL applications are received by the RTO in Indore. However, the number has recently reduced to 70 due to the massive problems on the driving test drive.

    22 June 2017

  • Pune RTO Reserves 30 Slots To Expedite Driving Licence Test Appointments

    The Pune RTO has reserved 30 slots in the permanent driving licence Driving Test for applicant whose learner’s licences are expiring soon. Applicants whose learner’s licences are expiring within the next 8 days would be given a preference when booking appointments for their driving test.

    The applicants would be able to apply at the RTO since the online application process resulted in many applicants being allotted dates after the expiry of their learner’s licences. This resulted in the applicant having to re-apply for a learner’s licence, after which they had to apply for a Driving Licence Test.

    Being a very cumbersome process, the RTO decided to reserve slots, a move that has been well-received by applicants.

    With only 176 appointments being given in a day, the reservation will ensure that applicants take the test well within the deadline stipulated on their learner’s licence.

    8 June 2017

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