Driving Licence in Andhra Pradesh

Driving a two wheeler or a four wheeler has been considered as a symbol of freedom for long and has now become a quintessential life skill. In a period where driving a vehicle has become a sheer necessity, holding a driving license also becomes important. A Driving License is an official document issued by the Regional Transport Office certifying that the holder is qualified enough to drive a motor vehicle. As per the Indian Motor Vehicle Act 1988, no individual can drive a motor vehicle on Indian Roads without a valid driving license issued for a particular category.

In India, each state has its own process, test and criteria to apply for a driving license. For people residing in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the state’s Transport Department has greatly simplified the process of obtaining a Driving License and has also made the process very transparent. Individuals in Andhra Pradesh can get a Driving License from the Motor Vehicle Inspector’s Office or at the Regional Transport Office that has jurisdiction over the residential area of the applicant.

Types of DL in Andhra Pradesh

In Andhra Pradesh, motorists are eligible to avail two types of licenses - Permanent Driving License and Learner’s License. The individual must hold a Learner’s License before applying for a Permanent Driving License. Learner’s License in Andhra Pradesh has a validity period of 6 months and the holder must obtain a Driving License before this period. Also, a permanent Driving License can be issued only after a month of obtaining a learner’s License. When it comes to Driving License in Andhra Pradesh, there are three types as given below:

  • Driving License for Motorcycles without Gear

    This type of permanent Driving License is issued to individuals for driving motorcycles without gear like mopeds and scooters. The candidate must have completed 16 years of age to obtain a permanent Driving License for motorcycle without gear.

  • Driving License for Light Motor Vehicle

    This kind of permanent Driving License is issued to individuals for driving light motor vehicle including cars, and bikes. To obtain this type of driving license in Andhra Pradesh, the candidate must be at least 18 years old.

  • Driving License for Transport Vehicles

    Individuals who wish to drive transport vehicles like taxis, private service vehicles, trucks, lorries and trailers must obtain a permanent Driving License for transport vehicles. In Andhra Pradesh, Driving License for transport vehicles is issued to individuals who are over 20 years of age.

How to apply online for a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

Individuals can obtain a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh online by making use of the Meeseva facility. The Meeseva facility provides the Driving License registration form which can be downloaded and submitted at the nearest RTO office. Given below is the process for applying online for a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Visit the Meeseva online web portal and download the application form for driving license.
  • You will have to enter the required information in the portal including Aadhaar card number, name of applicant, father’s name, locality, district, postal code, khata number, survey number and ration card number.
  • You will have to fill in the application form completely and submit the form to the nearest Regional Transport Office with photograph copies.
  • If you do not hold a Learner’s License, you can book a slot for Learner’s License test. You will just have to select the district and the test centre where you wish to take the test.
  • Click on the submit button to get a copy of the application. Go to the test center on the prescribed date with a print out of the application form and other required documents.

Documents Required for Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

To obtain a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh, the applicant must submit the following documents at the concerned RTO office.

  • Valid documents of the vehicle
  • Duly filled application form which can be obtained from the Andhra Pradesh Transport Organization web portal.
  • Four passport size photographs
  • Medical certificate in Form 1 A and 1 issued by any certified Government doctor, if applicable.
  • Valid age proof - passport, PAN card etc.
  • Valid identity proof - Voter ID, Passport or Aadhaar card
  • Proof of address
  • Application Fees

Additional documents may be asked for depending on your profile. Do enquire with the nearest RTO office before submitting the application form for Driving License.

How to apply for a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

The procedure for obtaining a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh is pretty straightforward and simple. Follow the easy steps given below to apply for a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The applicant should procure the Form 4, application form for license to drive a motor vehicle which is available at the Andhra Pradesh Transport website. Alternatively, applicants can also get in touch with the nearest Regional transport Office to get an application form.
  • A valid learner’s license must be produced by the individual.
  • If applicable, the individual must also present a medical certificate duly signed by an authorized medical practitioner along with a declaration.
  • If the individual is applying for a transport vehicle driving license, a driving certificate in form 5 must also be submitted.
  • Along with the application form, all other necessary documents and fees for concerned process must also be submitted at the Regional transport Office.
  • The RTO office will allot a slot for the applicant to undergo a test which the individual must pass in order to obtain a permanent Driving License.

Test Process for Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

The applicant will have to appear for a driving test in presence of a Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) and must pass the test to obtain a permanent Driving License. The person appearing for the test must have held a valid learner’s license for a period of minimum 30 days. If the applicant does not pass the test for Driving License, he may be permitted to reappear in the test after a period of minimum seven days. Also, an interview on questions regarding road signs and some questions regarding road safety will be asked.

Delivery of Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

If the individual successfully passes the test for Driving License, the Driving License will be sent to the applicant through Indian Postal Service to the address mentioned in the application form.

How to check Driving License Status in Andhra Pradesh

Individuals can monitor the Status of Driving License application in Andhra Pradesh easily through the online portal and also through offline modes. Follow the steps given below to check the status of Driving License in Andhra Pradesh.

Checking the Driving License status Online in Andhra

  • You can check the status of your Driving License application online at the AP Transport Department’s online portal. You will have to go to “Document Delivery Services” page.
  • Enter “License” as the module type. You can follow up on your driving license application using the license number, application number or LLR number, whichever is suitable.
  • You will be asked to enter either the Learner’s License Number (LLR), application number or the license number. Press “Get Details” to know more about the status of your application.
  • If the details that you have entered are correct, the portal will display information about the present status of your Driving License application, EMS number, date of Driving License card dispatch, date of Driving License card print and also if the card is printed.

Checking the Driving License status Offline in Andhra

  • Applicants can check the status of the Driving License by reaching out to the nearest Regional Transport Office in Andhra Pradesh. You can contact the same RTO as where you took the test for Driving License.
  • Provide necessary information including Learner’s License number, application number and the license number to get updates on the Driving License application status.

How to Make Corrections in Driving License

For individuals wishing to change the name, address or make any other relevant corrections in the Driving License copy, just follow the simple steps given below.

  • The request for corrections in your Driving License can be requested at the RTO which issued your Driving License. For example, if you had obtained your Driving License in Delhi, you cannot make corrections to the Driving License in any of the Regional Transport Offices in Hyderabad.
  • For name changes in Driving License, you must present the Marriage Certificate and other relevant documents.
  • For a change of address, copies of proof of residence or place of business should be produced. Original documents will be asked for verification.
  • The applicant must also produce the original copy of existing Driving License.
  • An application for a change of information in Driving License can be made in plain paper by also affixing a non-judicial court fee stamp to the licensing authority.
  • The applicant has to present the application for change of information at the concerned RTO and get the application approved by Regional Transport Officer.
  • After the approval of the application for change of information, a receipt would be offered which can be produced as temporary driving license proof.
  • The new Driving License with updated information will be sent through post.

Test Procedure for Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

Test procedure to obtain a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh is described below.

  • Andhra Pradesh offers four different tracks for taking the Driving License test - Nagole Driving test facility, Kondapur Driving test facility, Gannavaram Nagole Driving test facility, Ampapuram Nagole Heavy Vehicle Driving test facility. Applicants can choose their nearest test location.
  • Applicants can book a slot for Driving License test online well in advance. They can choose a time slot and also the test location.
  • The applicant will be asked to drive a motor vehicle in presence of a Motor Vehicle Inspector who will then assess the driving skills and decide if the individual is qualified to obtain a driving license.
  • Following the driving test, the applicant will also have to take a test regarding road signals and road safety and must pass this test to qualify for a Driving License.
  • In case the individual does not pass the test, he will have to wait for a week before choosing another slot and filing another application for Driving License.

Driving License Renewal in Andhra Pradesh

Generally, a Learner’s License in Andhra Pradesh is valid for six months. A permanent Driving License for motorcycles without gears is valid for 16 years and the Driving License for light motor vehicles is valid for 18 years. If the Driving License has expired, you can get it renewed in the concerned RTO office by following the procedure given below.

  • An application form for the renewal of existing Driving License should be made in Form 9. The Driving License holder must submit it to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) which issued the Driving License or the license authority having jurisdiction over the residential area of applicant.
  • Along with the application form for renewal, the applicant must also submit a fee as mentioned in Rule 32 in CMV rules.
  • Three recent passport sized photographs must be submitted along with the application if the renewal is made in form 6.
  • The original Driving License must also be presented along with other necessary documents.
  • Medical certificates as mentioned in Form 1A must be presented along with a declaration as in Form 1.
  • The concerned RTO will validate and approve the application for Driving License renewal and the new Driving License will be sent to the residence of applicant through courier.

How to Apply for Duplicate Driving License

In case an individual has lost his Driving License or wishes to apply for a duplicate Driving License, he may do so by submitting a LLD form to the concerned RTO. The steps given below will elucidate on how to get a duplicate Driving License in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The Driving License holder must completely fill the LLD form and submit it to the RTO where the Driving License was obtained or where it was last renewed.
  • Along with the LLD form, the Driving License holder must also submit three copies of recent passport sized photographs and appropriate fee as mentioned in APMV rulebook.
  • If the request for duplicate Driving License is made in Form 7, the applicant will have to pay a nominal fee of Rs. 40.
  • The applicant will also have to present the original copy of the Driving License while applying for a duplicate copy.

How to Get International Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

To get an international driving permit in Andhra Pradesh, follow the steps given below.

  • To get an international driving permit, the applicant must submit a completely filled IDP form to the licensing authority from where the Driving License was obtained or last renewed.
  • Along with the IDP form, the applicant must submit three copies of recent passport sized photographs.
  • Original copies of Driving License must be presented for verification.
  • The applicant must also pay a nominal fee of Rs. 200 when submitting the IDP form.
  • The application will be verified and approved by the RTO and the international driving permit will be sent to the residence of Driving License holder.

FAQs for Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

  1. How frequently should I renew an expired driving license in Andhra Pradesh?

    In Andhra Pradesh, the Driving License for a non-transport vehicle is valid until the holder attains the age of 50 years or for 20 years after the date of issue. After that, the Driving License must be renewed once in every 5 years. For transport vehicles, the Driving License is valid for 3 years from the date of issuance or renewal.

  2. I failed the test for obtaining a permanent Driving License. When can I take a retest?

    If the applicant has failed the test for permanent Driving License, he can apply for a retest after 7 days from the date of test. If the applicant has failed for 3 consecutive times but with a gap of 7 days between the tests, the applicant cannot take a retest for the next 60 days from the date of test.

  3. I booked a slot for taking my Driving License test in Hyderabad. Can I cancel or change my Driving License test dates?

    Yes, you can modify or cancel the test dates. However, you might be charged a small fee for modification or cancellation of dates.

  4. What tracks are available in Andhra Pradesh for taking the Driving License test?

    Applicants can book for a Driving License test on any of the below given tracks.

    Test Center Vehicle Category
    Nagole Central Driving Test Facility All categories
    Gannavaram Driving Test Facility LMV and two wheelers
    Ampapuram Heavy Vehicle Driving Test Facility Heavy vehicles only
    Kondapur Driving Test Facility LMV and two wheelers
  5. I booked a slot for Driving License test online. How do I make the payment?

    If you have booked a slot online for taking the Driving License test, you will have to pay the fee along with user charges at the driving test center before taking the test. You will not be able to take the Driving License test without making the payment.

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News About How to Get a Driving License in Andhra Pradesh

  • Around 70,000 Driving License applicants in Andhra Pradesh were given imparted training

    Around 70,000 Driving License applicants in Vijayawada and Vizag were given imparted training by the Andhra Pradesh Transport Department on traffic rules and road safety. The transport department has joined hands with Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd to provide training to applicants. Currently, the training is on a pilot basis. Every batch will be provided a two-hour training at specified locations. The training helps in reducing road accidents. The transport department is looking to extend the training to several other places in the state in the future.

    3 September 2021

  • 25 hearing impaired to be issued driver’s licence in Karnal

    The district administration of Karnal has begun the process of identifying people suffering from hearing impairment and wish have a driver’s licence. So far, 25 such individuals have been identified by the Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) office.

    Their application files are currently under process. Before undergoing the driving test, the applicants will be told about traffic rules with the help of sign language translators.

    1 December 2020

  • Over 15,000 road accidents in 2019 caused by valid licence holders in Andhra Pradesh

    According to a report by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of Andhra Pradesh, over 15,000 road accidents in the state of Andhra Pradesh involves people with a valid driving license in 2019. The report stated that 7,984 people were killed during the road accident24,619 people got injured during the road accidents for the year 2019.

    The report showed that a total of 15,303 accidents took place in the year 2019 and involved people with a driving license. There was a total of 1,262 road accidents which involved people with learner license, while 2,576 road accidents had people involved without driving license. For 2,851 road accidents, the status of driver’s license was unknown.

    30 October 2020

  • 2nd Safety Driving Education Center digitally inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

    Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) in association with Andhra Pradesh Transport Department today announced the start of ‘Road Safety Training’ exclusively for learner license applicants of Visakhapatnam. The inauguration of Honda’s 2nd Safety Driving Education Center in Andhra Pradesh was held digitally in the presence of Transport and Information & Public Relations Minister and the Senior Vice President, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Limited. It must be noted here that in order to sensitize applicants coming for Learner License Registration (LLR) on driving rules and regulations, road signs and driver duties on road, the Transport Department has given responsibility to Honda to initiate a pre-Learner License Registration program for all two-wheeler and four-wheeler learner license applicants of the city. The applicants will be trained at the Regional Transport Office, Vuda Colony, Marripalem, Visakhapatnam.

    22 September 2020

  • Driving License and other services resume in Odisha

    In Bhubaneswar, the State Transport Authority has resumed services such as issuing driving licenses and learner’s licenses from 14 August 2020. The State Transport Authority has issued a statement providing the necessary instructions to be followed by all RTOs and Additional RTOs.

    People can visit the RTOs and avail the services provided by them. To maintain COVID-19 protocols, the State Transport Authority has directed the RTOs to offer slots of 30 minutes to the people for services related to DL and LL. The people who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside the RTO or ARTO premises.

    19 August 2020

  • Strict action will be taken against violators of lockdown norms in containment zones

    In Kochi, the Ernakulam Rural police will be initiating strict action against the people who are violating the lockdown rules in the areas deemed as containment zones. With the rising number of containment zones to 15 along with the number of new cases, the rural police have taken a call about the same. Along with this, additional police personnel have been deployed at the entry point of these 15 containment zones and the entry of people into these zones from outside has been strictly prohibited. The police are also patrolling these areas frequently and according to Rural SP, K Karthik, the police will implement stringent measures with the rise in the number of containment zones within the rural police limits.

    The police have already begun suspending and cancelling the license of shops which have not followed the lockdown rules and they have also recommended the suspension of driving licenses and vehicle permits of those who are violating travel rules for those not following the norms. There have already been 20 people who were booked under the Epidemic Diseases Ordinance 2020 for not wearing masks. Apart from this, 13 people were booked for lockdown violations, 2 people were arrested and 6 vehicles were seized.

    10 July 2020

  • NOCs no longer needed to be submitted for renewing DL

    With a new rule coming into effect from February 28, Non-locals residing in Visakhapatnam will no longer need to submit No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for renewing their driving licenses, change of address or related issues.

    Until now, the NOC used to be a mandatory document. The NOC which was needed to be availed by the drivers from their local RTA office in the native state was used to verify the authenticity of the DL and ensure that no traffic violation cases were pending against the holder.

    The new rule under RT 11036 does away with the need for submitting NOCs. Going forward, an IT-based application will be used to carry out verification and checking records, as informed by the Deputy Transport Commissioner, Road Transport Authority, Visakhapatnam district. The Commissioner stated that the new rule will benefit a large number of non-locals, who stay in the city.

    It needs to be mentioned here that the process of procuring NOCs was quite time consuming and caused a lot of inconvenience to the non-locals.

    12 March 2019

  • Driving license receives a great response in Anantapur district

    Anantapur district’s Road Transport Authority hosted a mega permanent driving license mela on Wednesday. The authority had prepared 3 state-of-the art tracks for the purpose of the mela that was set up in 15 acres setup. The mela witnessed a huge participation from students as well as professionals. According to a report from The Hindu, 40% of the total 10,038 persons seeking permanent license are in the age group of 18-25 age. More than 50% of the applicants were giving test for two-wheelers and the remaining for autorickshaws and tractor-trailers. The mela was the initiative from the government to provide permanent driving license to 10,038 people after following the test procedures with due diligence on the 3 tracks. The tracks which were of international standards were set up with the help of an agency based out of Bengaluru. MLC Payyavula Keshav helped the mega mela take a shape by roping in the A.P. Skill Development Corporation, said Anantapur Deputy Transport Commissioner Sundar Vaddi. Chairman of Payyavula Seva Samithi P. Srinivasulu coordinated with the RTA officials to ensure proper testing of up to 400 persons a day.

    7 February 2019

  • 124 individuals lose their driving license for drunk driving in Hyderabad

    As many as 4,165 violators were booked for driving under the influence of alcohol in Hyderabad and Cyberabad areas in the month of November. Among them, the driving license of 124 individuals was suspended while local courts awarded jail to 1,099 violators.

    Of the 124 persons who had their driving license suspended, 16 violators had their licenses cancelled permanently while 108 had their licenses suspended for specific periods ranging from 6 months to 5 years.

    It needs to be mentioned here that of the 1,099 violators sentenced jail terms, one person was awarded the highest one-month jail term while 133 violators were sentenced to three days in jail.

    Apart from the ones booked for drunk and driving, 11 persons were jailed for cell phone driving while 2 persons were sentenced for driving without a license.

    4 December 2018

  • 80% of the two-wheeler riders in Visakhapatnam agency riding without licence

    Shockingly, more than 80% of the two-wheeler riders in Visakhapatnam agency are riding without licence. Most of these riders have been found to be between ages 20 and 40. Minors are also getting on the act and riding vehicles without a learner’s permit in the city. The city tops the unwanted list for a most number of injuries and deaths to have taken place due to road accidents. The number of deaths in June due to road accidents was the highest ever recorded for a single month in the city.

    As per the officials of the Road Transport Authority (RTA) of Visakhapatnam, the increase in a number of road accidents from June as compared to April was 20.41%. The deputy commissioner of RTA, S Venkateswara Rao has admitted the laxity of the authorities and to counter it has promised the organising of driving licence melas in different locations across the city with the first driving licence mela to be scheduled at Youth training centre in Araku form August 13 to August 18.

    Talking about why there are so many riders driving vehicles on the roads of the city without a driving licence, Rao said that lack of awareness and RTO offices in the city were the major reasons as to why this was happening. The deputy commissioner has promised to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

    14 August 2018

  • 69 parents arrested in Hyderabad for letting minors drive

    After Hyderabad police launched a campaign against underage driving, they have till date arrested 69 parents who allowed their minors to drive. The parents of those minors caught while driving scooters, cars and bikes without driving license were taken to the local courts and sent to jail for a period of one to three days. They were also made to pay fines for traffic rule violation. Hyderabad police launched the campaign in the first week of February to control underage driving and road accidents. The campaign which has earned a lot of applause from parents was launched after five minors lost their lives in road mishaps in the month of January. The campaign is expected to last till the end of the year.

    12 March 2018

  • 55 fathers jailed for allowing their minor children drive

    Hyderabad traffic department officials are arresting the fathers of minors found driving. This unique measure has been taken by the traffic department as it believes that the fathers are not fulfilling their parental responsibilities. It needs to be mentioned that according to the Indian Motor Vehicle Act (MV Act) persons under the age of sixteen must not drive any vehicles. While the one above 16 years of age can drive vehicles without gears. Only after the individual attains the age of 18 can he/she drive vehicles with gear. According to data available, as many as 1,079 chargesheets were filed in the last month while the fathers of 55 children were jailed for 1-2 days. Though the jailing of fathers sounds absurd, it is possible, as section 180 of the Motor Vehicle Act states that a minor driving a vehicle imposes violation by the owner of the vehicle which is in most cases the fathers of the minors who are found driving it.

    2 March 2018

  • 16 People In Hyderabad Banned From Driving For Life

    Last year, the Hyderabad Traffic Department introduced the new point-based driving licence cancellation policy. As per this policy, repeat offenders were warned of strict measures that will be taken and were informed that they will lose their DL if required.

    On 20 January 2018, Third and Fourth Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Hyderabad cancelled the driving license of 16 people for life. These 16 people will never be able to drive ever again.

    All the 16 offenders has a bad driving history and were repeat offenders. Their behavior did not change despite several counselling sessions at Traffic Training Institutes. They went ahead and broke traffic rules despite all efforts taken by the Hyderabad Traffic Department. We hope this makes all others safe drivers in the state.

    31 January 2018

  • Driving License of 30 Traffic Violators Cancelled in Hyderabad

    The driving license of a total of 30 people has been canceled owing to traffic violations in Hyderabad. The city traffic police are taking the implementation of penalty points system against traffic seriously.

    Introduced by the Hyderabad Traffic Police in July last year, the penalty points system is aimed to take a stern action against frequent traffic violators. Three people have been convicted for not paying their traffic challans while two people were jailed for driving without a license.

    Driving License of a person who records 12 points within 24 months will be suspended under the penalty points system.

    31 January 2018

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