How to Apply for a Driving Licence in Bangalore

The Bangalore Transport Department has digitised and built an online system that can help you carry out most of the RTO-related work easily online. This helps citizens of Bangalore to apply and acquire a driving licence in a streamlined and systematic manner.

Types of Driving licence in Bangalore

The types of driving licence issued in Bangalore are:

  • Learner’s Licence: Before applying for the permanent driving Licence in Assam, an applicant has to get a learner’s Licence first. This is a temporary Licence which has a validity of 6 months and is issued when the applicant is in the process of learning a motor vehicle.
  • Permanent Licence: After 1 month of getting a learner’s Licence (i.e. from the date of issue), an applicant becomes eligible to apply for a permanent Licence.

Eligibility for getting a Driving licence in Bangalore

To obtain a driving licence in Bangalore, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a minimum of 18 years or above to apply for a permanent driving licence in Bangalore.
  • You must submit a copy of a valid Learner’s Licence. You cannot apply for DL without having a valid LL.
  • If you want to apply for a commercial vehicle licence, you must be at least 20 years of age on the date of applying for a licence.

Documents required to apply for Driving Licence in Bangalore

The documents required to obtain a driving licence in Bangalore are:

  • Duly-filled application form
  • Two passport size photo
  • A copy of the PAN card
  • A copy of the medical fitness certificate
  • A copy of the parent/guardian’s written consent with date and signature, if the applicant is a minor
  • A copy of the address proof (Passport/Life insurance policy/Voter ID/Ration card)
  • A copy of the birth certificate (School certificate/Birth certificate/Affidavit signed by the executive magistrate)
  • Copy of a valid Learner’s Licence
  • Payment receipt confirming the fees paid

How to Apply for Driving Licence Offline in Bangalore

It is mandatory for everyone driving a motor vehicle in India to hold a driving license as per the rules of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

To Apply for Driving License Offline in Bangalore, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Obtain the application form from your Regional Transport Office
  • (You can also download the form from the website, take a printout, and submit it after duly filling it in)
  • Step 2: Fill in the details on the form such as your full name, your father’s name, your residential address, your date and place of birth, educational qualifications, identification mark, and blood group.
  • Step 3: Submit the required documents as listed above for age proof, address proof, and other documents and passport-size photographs
  • Step 4: Obtain the appointment for the first round of tests
  • Step 5: Attend the test at the given date
  • Step 6: If you have passed the test, you will receive your learner’s license
  • Step 7: Apply for your permanent license after 30 days or within 6 months of receiving your learner’s license

How to obtain for Permanent Driving licence?

You can apply for a driving licence online in Bangalore by following the below steps:

  • Visit the Karnataka Transport official website or Sarathi website.
  • Download the “Application of Driving Licence” Form.
  • Once you have downloaded the form, the next step is to fill the Form.
  • Fill the required details. These include the applicant’s name, mobile number, email address, PAN number, type of motorcycle, permanent address, temporary address, birthplace, date of birth, educational qualification, identification marks, citizenship status, blood group, etc.
  • Upload the medical certificate (Form 1A), learner’s Licence, the certificate from the driving school, and any other supporting documents required.
  • Enter the captcha code and click on the “submit” button.
  • Once the application is submitted, you will get an “application reference number” and you will be allowed an appointment to visit the RTO Office.
  • On the appointment day, you will have to take the vehicle to the RTO. Note that the vehicle type has to be the same that was written at the time of filling the application.
  • During the driving test, you will be required to drive in front of the RTO Official.
  • The results will be announced in a few hours. If you fail, you will have to take the DL test after few days.
  • If you clear the driving test, the DL will be posted to your address in few days.

Documents needed for Applying for a Duplicate Driving Licence

If your DL is stolen, tampered, or misplaced, you can request for a duplicate driving licence to be issued to you. All you have to do is file an First Information Report (FIR) with the police and visit the RTO with a copy of the FIR and other supporting documents like duly-filled LLD form, damaged card is available, identity proof, address proof, and the fees for issuing duplicate DL. After successful verification, a duplicate driving licence will be issued to you. The documents required are:

  • Duly-filled application form
  • Two passport size photo
  • A copy of the PAN card
  • Copy of the FIR
  • Damaged DL
  • Proof of residence

Application Form to Renew Driving Licence in Bangalore

A permanent driving licence is usually valid for 20 years or till the applicant reaches 50 years of age, whichever is earlier. An applicant should ideally apply for renewal 30 days before the expiry date of the DL.

The applicant can either visit the concerned RTO and apply for the renewal of DL or can download the renewal form from the Sarathi website. You can download the application form for renewal of DL from the website, fill it accurately, and submit it in person in the concerned RTO. Upon verification of the documents, a renewed driving licence will be issued. Please note that a health clearance certificate from a certified medical practitioner stating that the candidate is fit to drive may be required while applying for renewal of licence.

How to Apply for RTO registration in Bangalore

In Bangalore, all new vehicles purchased should be registered with the RTO. If you have purchased a new vehicle, your dealer will most likely register your vehicle for you. But if you wish to register it by yourself, you will need the following documents:

  • Duly filled Form Number 20 which is the application for registration of a motor vehicle.
  • Sale certificate
  • Valid insurance certificate
  • Two copies of your recent passport size photographs
  • Physical production of vehicle
  • Temporary Registration assigned by the dealer if available
  • Invoice from the dealer
  • Customs’ Clearance Certificate if the vehicle is imported
  • Copy of your PAN if the cost of the vehicle exceeds Rs.4 lakh
  • Proof of residence
  • Identity proof
  • Citizenship proof

Please visit the District Transport Office with all the above documents. Once you have submitted all the documents and it has been verified, you will be asked to get your vehicle to the District Transport Office premises for a general inspection.

An Inspecting Officer will verify the vehicle physically and will verify all the details mentioned in the documents. Upon successful verification, the Registering Authority will issue a vehicle registration number and a receipt. Till the registration card is delivered to the owner, the receipt can be used as a proof of registration.

International Driving licence in Bangalore

While a driving licence issued in India is recognised by many countries, there are few countries that don’t. In these countries, you will requires an International Driving Licence to operate a motorised vehicle. To apply for an International Driving Licence in Bangalore, you can visit the nearest RTO with the following documents:

  • Duly-filled application form for international driving licence
  • Valid Indian driving licence
  • Challan proving you paid the concerned fee
  • Medical clearance certificate
  • Identity proof
  • Proof of residence
  • Two passport size photographs

So, you don’t have to think applying for a driving licence in Bangalore is a tedious task. Go ahead and get it done online.

How to obtain a Learner's Licence in Bangalore

You can either visit the concerned Regional Transport Office (RTO) in person or apply for Learner’s Licence (LL) online. Most of the people living in Bangalore prefer to apply for an LL through driving schools. But, with the recent improvements in the Bangalore Transport Department, you can go online and do it yourself without the help of a middleman.

FAQs on How to Apply for a Driving Licence in Bangalore

  1. What are the types of driving license in Bangalore?

    There are three types of driving licenses in Bangalore, just like in the rest of India, which are the following:

    • For two-wheelers below 50cc without gear
    • For light motor vehicles including two-wheelers above 50cc and for four-wheelers
    • For transport vehicles
  2. What is the eligibility criteria for driving license in Bangalore?

    Before you apply for a driving license offline in Bangalore, make sure you meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • For two-wheelers with 50cc or less engine, applicant should be 16 years of age
    • For two-wheelers 50cc and above or for four-wheelers, applicant should be 18 years of age
    • Must be knowledgeable in all the traffic rules and regulations
    • Must have a temporary driving license for minimum of 30 days and maximum of 6 months before submitting an application for a permanent driving license
  3. What are the documents required for driving license in Bangalore?

    When making your driving license application offline in Bangalore, make sure you have the following documents with you:

    • Proof of age: One of the following: Birth certificate, passport, educational certificate, employee certificate from state or central government organisations if applicable
    • Proof of address: One of the following: Ration card, voter’s ID, passport, LIC policy bond, employee certificate from state or central government organisations if applicable
    • Original learner’s license
    • Application form 4
    • For commercial driving licenses, application form 5
    • Three passport-size photographs
  4. How to check the status of my driving license application in Bangalore?

    To check the status of your driving licence application, all you have to do is visit the website of the Transport Department of Bangalore. Click on the LL and DL registration option on the website. This will redirect you to another page called ‘'Know Your Application Status’'. Enter your application number on that page and its status will be displayed instantly for you.

  5. What are the fees for driving license in Bangalore?

    In Bangalore, the fees for driving license is Rs.200, for driver’s license test is Rs.300, and for learner’s license is Rs.200.

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