People of all age love to ride a bike or drive a car. They prefer to be independent and be able to travel from one point to another without depending on others. Though, cabs and public transport has improved greatly in the last decade, people prefer to drive on their own. Though learning how to drive is the first step, applying for a driving licence is the most important step if you decide to drive on the roads.
The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 states that no individual will be allowed to drive a motor vehicle in a public place with a valid driving licence. It is a punishable offence. So, if you have always put aside going to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) as it is time consuming or are not sure how to apply for driving licence in your city, read on.
Applying for a driving licence is a very easy procedure. Unlike decades ago, people can now go online and apply for a driving licence in few seconds. You do not have to stand in a long queue to submit your DL application.
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Yes, you can go ahead and submit your application for driving licence online. All you have to do is visit the Sarathi website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and follow the below steps.
How to submit your driving licence application form
The section is to be signed in the presence of the Licensing Authority by the parent/guardian.
On completion of the form and after reviewing the information, the applicant can submit the form online by clicking on the 'Submit' button at the end of the form.
On submission, an auto-generated Web Application Number will appear on screen. Note the number for future reference and to check the status of the application.
To get applicant details, you have to do the following:
The following list of documents are to be submitted along with the application form (form 9):
It is ideal to apply for your DL online, as it is more convenient and takes lesser amount of time than going through the entire process manually. You can simply download the license application form from the internet and furnish it with all the necessary documents after filling up the form duly. Once this process is conducted smoothly, you need to sit for a written test and interview, and clear it to successfully obtain the licence.
Please note that online registration for LL is only for vehicles which are used for personal use and not for commercially transport purposes. In a single online application form the applicant can apply for LL for more than one category of vehicle. The preliminary test is common for all vehicles irrespective of the category of vehicle for which the LL is applied.
To apply for a Driving Licence, applicants have to first apply for a Learner's Licence. The applicant has to meet the following conditions to apply for a Learner's licence:
Applicants who wish to apply for a Learner's Licence need not brave the long queues at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) anymore, but can fill out the form and submit their application online. With the introduction of the online Learner's Licence application, applicants can fill out the form and submit it as well as book their driving test appointment, all from the comfort of their home. Similarly, one can also submit an online appointment for driving licence.
The following documents are to be uploaded along with the application form:
Booking a test slot for a learner's licence can also be done online through the Sarathi website. Applicants whose applications forms have been processed will receive a notification regarding the same. Following this, they can book a test slot on the website.
Applicants from the following states cannot book a slot for their Learner's Licence tests through the Sarathi website:
Applicants from these states and Union Territories will have to visit the website of the Regional Transport Authority in their state and book a slot.
You can pay the fee either through SBI challan or Online. The fees for the different categories of licence are given below:
|Licence Issues||Old Fee||New Fee|
|Applying for a new learner’s licence||Rs.30||Rs.200|
|Renewing a learner’s licence||Rs.40||Rs.200|
|Applying for an International driving licence||Rs.500||Rs.1,000|
|Applying for a new driving licence||Rs.40||Rs.200|
|Driving licence test||Rs.50||Rs.300|
|Renewing a driving licence||Rs.50||Rs.200|
|Driving school licence issue and renewal||Rs.2,000||Rs.10,000|
|Issuing a renewed driving licence||Rs.50||Rs.200|
|Fee for appeal against RTO||Rs.100||Rs.500|
|Issuing driving schools with duplicate licence||Rs.2,000||Rs.5,000|
In India, there are two types of Driving Licences issued. These are Learner's Licence and Permanent Licence. The validity of Learner's Licence only for six months, and is given to people who wish to start learning to drive or ride a vehicle. An individual can obtain a permanent DL on passing written and practical exams, and only after a month of issuance of the initial learner's licence. Thus, one can apply for a DL only after getting a learner's licence. There needs to be a gap of one month between the two applications.
A Learner's Licence is valid for a period of 6 months from the date of issue.
Yes, a Learner's Licence issued in any state or Union territory is valid throughout the country for the duration of licence validity. The holder has to be accompanied by a licence holder when driving or riding at all times.
If you reside in Uttar Pradesh, you can pay the fee for your Driving Licence through the Sarathi website. For applicants from other states, you will have to pay the fee at the RTO when taking your driving test.
You will have to submit the following details pertaining to your car when applying for a driving licence:
If you are applying for a Learner's Licence, it is compulsory to submit a medical certificate at the time of application.
If you are applying for a Driving Licence, it is not compulsory unless you are above 50 years of age.
If you are applying for a Driving Licence for a commercial or transport vehicle, it is compulsory.
In order to check on the spread of COVID-19, the Transport Department in Delhi has reduced the test slots by 50%. Earlier, around 1,000 slots were allotted for driving license tests on a daily basis. However, that has been reduced by 50%. The available slots will be provided to individuals who have applied for the tests during the lockdown period. Candidates will be allowed to make an appointment for a single category at a time. In the case of a different category, another appointment has to be made at a later date.
15 June 2021
After the announcement made by the Delhi state government on allowing people to appear for their driving tests, around 300 people appeared for the tests at the 13 RTOs in the city. The Delhi government had issued an order which allowed people to appear for their tests on 12 March after the approval was given by the Minister of Transport, Kailash Gahlot. Initially, the tests were supposed to be scheduled and conducted from 21 March but the RTOs’ inspectors and staff along with the department were able to provide appointments from 14 March.
A total of 413 appointments were made of which 311 appeared for the tests. The highest number of driving skill applicants were from the Surajmal Vihar RTO in East Delhi with 60 applicants appearing for the tests.
29 March 2021
An awareness program on road safety and traffic rules was conducted by the Shamshabad Police on Thursday for truck drivers and transporters. Shamshabad ACP V Bhaskar conducted the session on drunk driving, overloading, driving by unauthorised persons and booking cases under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the vehicle owners and violators of road safety.
The truck drivers were asked by the officials to follow the traffic guidelines as per the Telangana Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act and asked the truck owners to do a background check while employing drivers.
11 January 2021
The government will be allowing the exemption for those holding expired driver’s licences and registrations until 31 December 2020. The exemption was put in place for 9 months due to the nation-wide lockdown induced due to COVID-19. This spared drivers from challans for driving without a valid driving licence and registration documents.
The exemption will be lifted on 1 January 2021 and for the people who are found with expired documents such as driving licence will be charged with a fine of Rs.5,000 according to the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
23 December 2020
The Pune Regional Transport Office had increased the number of daily appointments for the people seeking driving licenses in the previous week. However, the number of people visiting RTOs has still been at a low, according to officials. Driving schools in the city had opened a week back and have been waiting for learners who had to leave the course midway due to the lockdown imposed in the country.
According to Pratap Jadhav, owner of Jadhav Motor Training School, they will be focusing on the existing students who have completed their training and are waiting to appear for the test. However, out of the total students, only 10-15% have come to complete the classes.
19 August 2020
The Regional Transport Office in Pune resumed its services after reopening on 22 June 2020 after being shut for 3 months due to COVID-19. Services such as learner’s license and permanent license along with other administrative services are being offered for the people. However, on the first day of reopening, there was a delay of 3 hours for the learner’s license tests due to technical problems and internet connectivity issues.
The applicants who had arrived at the RTO at 10 a.m. had to wait till 1 p.m. for the tests to begin. According to the Deputy Regional Transport Officer, Sanjeev Bhor, all the work which was related to license such as tests and other administrative services were offered and due to few technical issues and internet connectivity issues, the test for learner’s license was delayed. However, 35 people appeared for the test.
24 June 2020
The secretary of the Regional Transport Authority, Barjinder Singh announced that the transport authority will be resuming various services from 1 June which includes issuing learner's license, permanent driving license, renewal and duplicating of the license, etc. Mr Singh announced that the transport authority will be issuing the learner’s license and other licenses on the same date as the application is submitted. In the first phase, 30 slots of learner’s license will be issued to the applicants in just 15 minutes. Provided the documents are submitted and complete, the license will be issued on the driving track itself.
For the permanent licenses, 20 slots have been assigned and will be given only after the successful driving test and after the documents have been submitted and verified. The permanent license will be issued on the same day between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The driving licenses can also be delivered to the home address of the applicant once the postal charges are paid.
1 June 2020
In the city of Pune, the regional transport offices will be opening from 18 May 2020 and in the surrounding areas of Pimpri Chinchwad as well. However, the offices will be opening only for the registration of new vehicles. According to a senior official from RTO, the system of registration will now be, and RTO inspectors will be visiting the dealers and the collect the vehicle documents as opposed to the previous method where automobile dealers were visiting RTOs for the registration.
After the inspection of the vehicle is over, the registration process will be done which will ensure that a lesser number of people are present in the office. The state government had mentioned late last week that the RTOs present outside the containment areas and in the red zones can function with a 10% workforce. All RTOs had been closed since 25 March 2020 and the RTO in Pune registers around 1,300 vehicles on an average daily.
Any other function of the RTO such as issuing driving licenses and fitness certificate issuance for cars will not be done and for the people who hold licenses which are suspended will be valid until 30 June.
20 May 2020
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