Driving Licence in Delhi

The Indian government standardizes people who drive via the issuance of driving licences for a number of reasons other than the obvious ones. With more accidents than ever due to unlicenced people on the road flouting rules and regulations, the Delhi government is coming down stricter than ever on miscreants.

Types of Driving Licence in Delhi

Driving licences can be categorized on the basis of two factors, temporary and permanent.

Learner's Licence: This is a provisional licence that gives you permission to learn and practice driving. It is valid for six months, which is more than enough for one to up their driving skills and ace the competency test. You are required to practice at least for a month before sitting for the practical.

Permanent Licence: You are eligible for permanent licence if you clear the driving competency test, comprising of a ground test and a road test.

Applicants who wish to make a driving licence application in the Indian capital can opt for one or more type of vehicle they want. Delhi offers driving licence for a range of vehicle types, as specified below:

Light Motor Transport Vehicles: This licence is pertinent to those who drive commercial goods carriers and transport vehicles, with a further classification into Light Motor Vehicle (Passenger) like cabs, jeeps, delivery vans and auto rickshaws.

Medium Goods Vehicle: This category consists of vehicles like trucks and tempos goods transportation.

Medium Passenger Vehicle: This category includes vehicles like minivans, tempos for passengers, larger commercial vehicles.

Heavy Goods Vehicle: This category includes vehicles such as trucks and large vans, meant to transport goods.

Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle: This category entails vehicles such as buses, road roller etc. used for commercial purpose and passenger transport.

Non Transport Vehicles: This licence is applicable to applicants who drive private vehicles, with further classification namely, Gearless Motorcycles (scooters, mopeds), geared motorcycles and light motor vehicles like cars.

Documents required to apply for Driving Licence in Delhi

Your driving licence application must be made in form no. 4 and has to be accompanied the following:

  • A valid learner’s licence, which is the permit for you to learn driving on the ground/ road. In it will be specified, the class of vehicle for which you applied the licence for.
  • Fees as per the rules.
  • Proof of nationality/ citizenship (attested duplicate copies)
  • One latest passport sized photo (less than six months old)
  • Your original driving licence in case of authorizations of categories.

How to Apply for Driving Licence in Delhi

Online Procedure

  • Step 1: Visit parivahan.gov
  • Step 2: Under the online services tab and select the “Driving Licence Related Services” option
  • Step 3: Choose the State you wish to apply from.
  • Step 4: Click on “Apply for Driving Licence” option.
  • Step 5: Fill the required details
  • Step 6: Upload the required documents
  • Step 7: Pay the application fee.
  • Step 8: Book a slot for a driving licence test.
  • Step 9: Appear for the test as per the schedule.

Offline Procedure

  • Step 1: You need to get a Form 4 which is the application form for a driving licence in India. The Form can be downloaded from the state transport official website. Alternatively, you can also visit the nearest RTO Office to procure Form 4.
  • Step 2: Complete the application form and submit it along with other necessary documents at the nearest RTO.
  • Step 3: Pay the application fee
  • Step 4: Book a slot for driving test
  • Step 5: Give the test at the RTO office
  • Step 6: You will get a driving licence if you pass the test.

How to check Driving Licence status in Delhi

You can directly enquire at the RTO or check online by entering zonal name and receipt number in specific boxes.

  • Step 1:Visit parivahan.gov
  • Step 2: Under the online services tab and select the “Driving Licence Related Services” option
  • Step 3: Choose the State you wish to apply from.
  • Step 4: Click on the “Application Status” present on the top-right of the website.
  • Step 5: Fill the “Application Number”, “Date of Birth”, and “Captcha”.
  • Stpe 6: Select ‘Submit’.
  • Stpe 7: Check the details mentioned on next page.

How to make corrections in Driving licence online

If applicants having a driving licence wish to make any kind of corrections (such as misspelt names, address etc.) printed on their licence issued in Delhi, they need to forward a written application along with any of the relevant documents with the correct information. Remember, this can only be done in the same RTO which issued your original licence. The RTO official will ask them to submit the documents with the right information. Once approved, you can collect your licence with correct info on the same day. You will be charged a small fee for this.

Follow the steps given below to make corrections in driving licence:

  • Step 1: Visit parivahan.gov
  • Step 2: Under the online services tab and select the “Driving Licence Related Services” option
  • Step 3: Step 4: Select “Apply for Change of Address” icon.
  • Step 4: Click on “Continue”
  • Step 5: Enter the “Driving Licence Number” and “Date of Birth”.
  • Step 6: Click on “Get DL Details”.
  • Step 7: Confirm that the driving details mentioned belong you. Select the option from the drop-down menu present besides the question.
  • Step 8: Select the “RTO”
  • Step 9: Click on “Proceed”.
  • Step 10: Add all the required details.
  • Step 11: Check the box against “Change of address on DL”.
  • Step 12: Choose one option out of “Permanent”, “Present”, or “Both” as per your requirement and fill the required details.
  • Step 13: Click on “Confirm” and “Submit”
  • Step 14: Pay the processing fee.

Test Procedure for Driving Licence in Delhi

Test procedure for driving licence in Delhi is quite straightforward. Assuming that you have obtained the learners licence by clearing the preliminary verbal/ written test on traffic rules and regulations, you can appear for the practical driving test any time after one month is completed. This means that they insist on you practicing at least for a month.

You can opt for a slot when you feel confident enough to give the test, provided that it is within six months of getting your learners. On the particular day, an inspector will scrutinize your documents before you will be cleared to go for the test. Transport department doesn’t provide vehicles, you will have to take your own. Or if you were enrolled in a motor vehicle driving school, the school will take care of that.

Four wheeler test: First you will have to go for the ground test, which is basically driving along the marked ‘H’, without touching the poles planted at the edges. This is predominantly to estimate your aptitude to control the vehicle, shift gears, reverse, focus on driving along the assigned path and so on. If your vehicle brush against any of the pole and cause it to fall off, you flunk the test. And you will not be given a second chance on the same day. So please do not resort to coaxing or bribing or suchlike. It will not work. You will be given another date to repeat the test.

Once you clear the ground test, you will be cleared for the road test, which is the final stage. Here, the examiner will accompany you and will mainly check your driving skills, adaptation with the vehicle, how well-versed you are in practical application of traffic rules & laws. If he is not happy with the way you drive, you will be given another date. And no, you do not have to repeat the ground test.

Two-wheeler & three-wheeler tests: For these too, the ground test comes first. You will have to ride the bike or auto rickshaw along the previously bordered ‘Figure of Eight’ without touching the poles planted at different corners. This tells the examiner how comfortable you are with your vehicle, shifting gears, reversing, bending corners and so on. This ride along ‘figure of eight’ has to be done without touching your feet on the ground. If you do that, you flunk the test. And if you clear this, you will be sent for the road test, in which you have to ride for a certain distance on the road complying with all the rules and regulations.

The Inspector of motor vehicles will take the test of your capability to drive in accordance with the guidelines listed under Rule 15 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (1989). If he is pleased with your results, he can convey his approvals to the RTO and you will soon get your licence to drive in any place in India. Failed candidates need not be disheartened. You can appear for a retest after 7 days during which you may practice and up your game. A nominal fee is levied to appear for a retest.

Driving Licence Renewal in Delhi

Your driving licence has to be renewed once it is expire of its validity date, which is 20 years after the issuance or when you are of age 50 (whichever happens first). For this, you need to get in touch with your nearest RTO zonal office during their office hours to start with the procedure.

Documents required for private licence:

  1. Application in Form No.9.
  2. Passport size photograph (2 copies)
  3. Original driving license.
  4. Self-attested copies of valid proof of residence and age.
  5. Self-declaration of physical fitness - Form No.1.
  6. Renewal fee.
  7. If the applicant is above 40 years of age, a valid medical certificate in form No.1A will be required.

For commercial licence:

  1. Same documents as for private licence.
  2. Medical certificate is compulsory.
  3. In case of HMV, driver refreshing training certificate.
  4. Short driving refreshing training in case of other commercial vehicles.

How to Apply for a Duplicate Driving Licence in Delhi

A duplicate driving licence is issued if the original driving licence is destroyed, lost, torn, defaced or when the photograph present needs an upgrade.

To apply online for a duplicate driving licence, follow the steps:

  • Step 1: Visit parivahan.gov
  • Step 2: Under the online services tab and select the “Driving Licence Related Services” option.
  • Step 3: Click on ‘Apply for Duplicate DL’ button.
  • Step 4: Click on ‘Continue’.
  • Step 5: Fill the driving license number and date of birth.
  • Step 6: Click on ‘Get DL details’.
  • Step 7: Select the state and RTO, click on ‘Proceed’.
  • Step 8: Check the applicant details and click on ‘Confirm’.
  • Step 9: From the services displayed, select checkbox against ‘Duplicate Driving Licence’.
  • Step 10: The issue of NOC transaction page will be displayed. Select the required details and click on Confirm,
  • Step 11: Put a tick mark on the declaration box and fill the captcha.
  • Step 12: Click on ‘submit’.
  • Step 13: Acknowledge form will be generated.
  • Step 14: Click on ‘Next’ to proceed and upload the necessary documents.
  • Step 15: Pay the fees.

How to Get International Driving Licence in Delhi

International driving licences are usually distributed from different RTO zonal offices, which is valid for 12 months. For this you must get your driving licence which you have obtained from your own country. Apart from that the documents specified below must be submitted when you apply for an international driving permit.

  • Attested copy of your valid driving licence issued
  • Five passport sized photos
  • Medical Form 1-A
  • Attested copy of a valid residence proof
  • Attested copy of a valid passport
  • Attested copy of a valid visa.
  • Valid proof of Indian nationals
  • A nominal fee of INR 500

Please note that International driving licence will be given from 8.30 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon at any zonal office.

FAQs on How to Apply for DL in Delhi

  1. How long is my driving licence valid?

    Your driving licence is usually valid for 20 years throughout India from the day of issuance or until you turn age 50, whichever occurs first. But, if your licence is obtained for a commercial, passenger or goods vehicle it has to be renewed every three years.

  2. Is it necessary that I go for driving training from a Motor Driving School?

    It is not compulsory. Anyone with a permanent driving licence is authorized to train. But for safety reasons, it is best that you learn from a qualified instructor as they mostly teach in vehicles with dual control. But to get a licence for commercial vehicles, it is mandatory as Motor Driving School should issue Form No.5 for the same.

  3. How will I prepare for the driving test?

    Not counting the obviously expected competency in driving, you will be assessed on your capability to operate your vehicle in a swarming and traffic-jammed area. The theoretic part of the test relates to your skill in understanding road signs, indicators of vehicle system, papers to be kept in vehicle, rules etc.

  4. Can I reapply if I fail the driving test?

    Yes, you can apply for re-test after 7 days.

  5. What is a 'Driver Refresher Training Course'? When will I need it?

    You will need it only if you are a Heavy Motor vehicle licence holder. One has to go in for the 'Driver Refresher Training Course' in the event of renewal of HMV Driving licence. The Driver Training refresher course certificate has been made compulsory from the year 1998.

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News About How to Get Driving License in Delhi

  • Automated driving test centers in Delhi are set to function 7 days a week

    The operational hours of Delhi automated driving test centres will soon be increased from seven hours to 12 hours and will be open 7 days a week. This is done to reduce the waiting period for candidates who have applied for a licence and enhance customer experience, said KK Dahiya, special commissioner (transport).

    Senior transport officials also added that a private company is outsourced to maintain these facilities and is already taking care of driving tracks present in Raja Garden, Sarai Kale Khan and Dwarka. In order to reduce human effort, the company is using an electronic queue management system (token-based). Approximately 1,50,000 candidates used to appear for driving test every year in Delhi. The figures are expected to double, given the systematic changes.

    19 October 2021

  • New driving licences in Delhi will have QR codes

    The government announced that the new driving licences and registration certificates will have Quick Response (QR) codes in Delhi. The registration certificates will have an advanced microchip and a QR code at the back and the name of the vehicle owner on the front.

    Similarly, the driving licences will be equipped with QR codes and Near Field Communication (NFC) on a microchip. The QR code on the smart card will have a safety feature.

    If a driver’s smart card is seized, their penalties and records can be retained on the database for up to 10 years. Likewise, the government will be able to maintain records of the emission standards and an individual’s declaration of donating organs. The new driving licences will also be useful in retaining the records of differently-abled drivers and any sort of modifications done to vehicles.

    14 October 2021

  • Six ITIs, Indira Gandhi Technical University for Women to get driving schools inside their campuses

    The state transport department announced that the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) and six Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), will have their own driving schools on campus. This project aims at teaching proper driving skills to the new generation drivers.

    During the first phase, seven educational institutions will be a part of this project. In the coming January, driving schools will be launched in three more institutions. The driving school will comprise both theoretical and practical classes.

    The course is flexible and every student has to attend 10 hours of practical classes and 21 hours of theory classes. Once the course ends, students have to appear for a driving test for licence.

    7 October 2021

  • Delhi Government extends date for renewal of DL and other documents

    The Delhi Government has extended the date to renew driving licence (DL) and other important documents by further two months.

    Earlier the last date to renew DL and other similar documents was 30 September. However, the date for renewal has now been extended till 30 November 2021.

    This measure has been taken due to the impact caused by Covid-19. The order is yet to be made official. However, once the official order is issued, the same will be notified to the concerned departments.

    However, this measure will not be applicable for owners who need a valid Pollution Under Control Certificates.

    1 October 2021

  • Validity of transport documents extended by Delhi government

    Delhi government has extended the validity of transport documents till November 30. The state government has done so after taking keeping in mind the problems of the common people as well as to avoid overcrowding at the zonal offices. It needs to be mentioned here that the AAP-led government has brought most of the transport services under the ambit of the online system. To make the system more efficient and readily available, the government has also come up with the Digi Locker platform or the mParivahan mobile app, which ensures that individuals do not need to carry their original driving license and registration certificate with them all the time.

    29 September 2021

  • Delhi Government will Only Allow e-Autos to be Registered, with One-third of the Permits Designated for Women

    Women will be driving auto-rickshaws on Delhi's roadways, according to the government's decision to set aside 33% of at least 4,000 vehicle licenses for women. Aside from that, the municipal government will begin using entirely electric vehicles instead of the CNG vehicles that have been in use for over two decades.

    28 September 2021

  • Delhi government makes it mandatory to carry pollution certificate, failure to do so may lead to suspension of licence

    The tranport department of Delhi Government in order to curb the rise in air pollution in the city has made it mandatory for the vehicle owners to carry their pollution certificates while operating their vehicles. The driver will have their driving licence suspended for a period of three months if they are found without valid pollution certificates.

    A public notice was issued by the transport dpartment of Delhi Government where they have clearly stated that if the drivers are caught without valid PUC ceritificates, then they may face imprisonment for up to six months, fine up to Rs.10,000 or both. Apart from that, the vehicle owners will also have their driving licence suspended for a period of three months.

    The vehicle owners can visit any of the 900+ pollution checking centres which are generally set up at petrol pumps and workshops and are authorised by the transport department of the Delhi Government to get their vehicles tested.

    21 September 2021

  • Delhiites can now correct name and date of birth on driving licences

    The Delhi transport minister, Kailash Ghalot tweeted on Wednesday that the Delhiites can now correct the name and date of birth on their driving licences sitting in the comfort of their home. The applicant has to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) stated by the government and submit the required documents online to get the corrections done.

    Earlier, the details mentioned on the driving licence could not be changed once printed. The move has been taken after considering the increasing number of correction requests. A senior transport official from Delhi said that most of the correction requests are from women, as they want to get their names changed on the licence after marriage.

    17 September 2021

  • Faceless transport services launched in New Delhi

    On 11 August 2021, ''faceless transport services'' will be launched by the Delhi Government. This will include issuance of registration certificates and learner's licences online. Only the issuance of vehicle fitness certificates and driving licences will require visiting the transport authority offices. Trials of the online learning tests have already started at Vasant Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan offices. So far, more than 50 such learning licences have been issued. Other services which will now be online include issuance of duplicate copies, transfer of ownership, international driving permits, and change in address.

    12 August 2021

  • Driving test tracks in Delhi are now ready for reforms

    The state transport for Delhi is launching a plan which is now aimed at improving a lot of services at the automated driving tracks by rolling out an electronic queue management system. This will increase their operation timings, and will also allow them to take their driving tests on every day of the week. The department had floated a tender for outsourcing the operation and also the maintenance of all ADTTs.

    13 July 2021

  • Driving license tests resume in Delhi

    The Delhi Transport Department has decided to allow the resumption of driving license tests after the services were closed for nearly two months. The department had earlier cuat of the slots available by 50%.

    16 June 2021

  • Driving license tests resume in Delhi

    The Delhi Transport Department has decided to allow the resumption of driving license tests after the services were closed for nearly two months. The department had earlier cuat of the slots available by 50%.

    16 June 2021

  • The Delhi govt has started rolling out an aid of Rs.5,000 for para transit drivers

    The Delhi government has started off with the disbursal of a one-time financial help of Rs.5,000 for all para transit drivers on 25 May 2021. The financial aid of Rs.5,000 will be given out to auto drivers, taxi drivers, and e-rickshaw drivers who have been affected by the ongoing lockdown. The Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the money will be credited directly to the bank accounts of the 1.5 lakh+ drivers who have been identified for the aid.

    27 May 2021

  • Prior appointments for learner's license for e-rickshaw discarded by Delhi Government

    In a significant move the Delhi Government said that applicants who wish to apply for a learner’s license for e-rickshaw can directly approach the licensing official without having to book any prior appointment.

    Applicants looking to apply for a learner’s license for e-rickshaw will have to pay the learner’s license fee on the Sarathi website after which they can visit the licensing official in their zone anytime on any working day between 02:00 p.m. and 04:00 p.m.

    1 April 2021

  • Allotment of registration mark of choice in Delhi to be done through online e-auction process

    In Delhi, the allotment of registration mark of choice for two-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles shall be carried out through the online e-auction process. The numbers designated as Registration marks of choice are from 0001 to 0099, 0786, 1000, 1111, 7777, and 9999 with the minimum reserve price being in the range of Rs.2 lakh to Rs.5 lakh.

    To avail it, one needs to register for the auction on vahan.parivahan.gov.in and pay a fee of Rs.1,000. One person can bid for a maximum of 10 registration marks of choice per application. However, only one will be allotted for each Unique Acknowledge Number (UAN) which will be generated at the time of registration.

    31 January 2021

  • Discrepancies on automated driving test tracks in Delhi to be resolved soon

    A large number of individuals who attempted the driving licence test on automated tracks in Delhi have failed to clear the test. This has prompted the transport department to analyse and promise to rectify the problems which cause the huge gap in test success numbers. The parallel parking and reverse in S formation categories have been found to cause the rejections. There are nine Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) out of 13 that have automated test tracks.

    16 December 2020

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