Driving Licence in Madhya Pradesh

In order to prove that an individual is eligible to drive a vehicle, driving licence is provided. Madhya Pradesh issues driving licence, learner and permanent, according to the regulations set by Road Transport Association.

Types of Driving Licence in Madhya Pradesh

  • Learner’s Licence: Valid for six months, learner’s licence gives an individual permission to practice driving as a learner, before applying for a permanent driving licence. The rules are a bit lenient on the learner, giving him time to practice and ace his driving skills before the competency test. The learner is given a month’s time before the practical test.
  • Permanent Licence: Once the learner has cleared the competency test, the individual is eligible for permanent licence if he clear’s the driving competency test, comprising of a road test. Permanent licence is issued for the following category of vehicles.
  • Light Motor Passenger Vehicle such as autorickshaws, cabs, delivery vans, and jeeps.
  • Medium Passenger Vehicle such as commercial vehicles, tempos, and minivans.
  • Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle such as buses
  • Medium Goods Vehicle such as tempos and trucks used for transport of goods.
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle such as large vans and trucks
  • Non Transport Vehicle such as cars, gearless motorcycles (mopeds and scooters), private vehicles, and geared motorcycles. Licence for road rollers are also issued under non transport vehicles.

Required Documents for DL

In order to apply for driving licence, either learner or permanent, the individual has to furnish

For Learner’s Licence

  • Fee of Rs. 30/- for the category of vehicle applied.
  • Applications in Form 1, Form 1A [Medical Certificates as issued by any M.B.B.S. doctor] and Form 2. These Forms are available on the official portal and can be downloaded from there.
  • Three recent passport size photographs.
  • Proof of residing address and date of birth through any one of the following documents:
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • Birth Certificate Ration Card
    • Passport Electricity
    • Telephone Bill
    • House Tax Receipt Pay slip issued by any office in the Central
    • Government or a local body Get the copy of the document attested by a Gazette officer of the central
    • State government or a local body

For Permanent Licence

  • Learner’s Licence
  • Fee of Rs. 50/- for each category of Vehicle applied.
  • Fee of Rs. 200/- in case of Smart Card
  • Application Form 4
  • Certificate of competence to drive vehicle
  • For transport vehicle classes, Certificate Issued by Driving Training School

How to Apply for Driving Licence in MP

In order to get a driving licence, the applicant has to fill Form-4 and submit it at to the RTO Officer issuing licence, along with other documents. Once the documents are verified, a driving test is conducted. The applicant has to bring his own vehicle or arrange it with the driving school, where he learnt driving, for the test. On clearing the competency test, photos and biometric identification such as fingerprints and retina scan will be taken. The licence is sent by post at the address mentioned in the form. In some zones, the applicant can go to the RTO and collect it in person.

In order to apply for a driving licence online, the applicant has to visit the official website of the Madhya Pradesh State RTO. By clicking How to Apply for Driving Licence Online in Madhya Pradesh on “Apply Fresh Licence”, a page will be generated and the learner’s licence number has to be entered. After filling in the details, the form has to be submitted and a printout of the same has to be taken.

How to Check Driving Licence Status

The status of the driving licence can be checked either online or going to the RTO. For online check, the applicant has to visit the official website and enter details such as receipt number, name, and date of application. Once these details are submitted, the status is displayed.

Making Corrections in Driving Licence

It is essential to fill in the right information in the application, to avoid unnecessary hassles in the future. However, many a time, errors in the application form may occur, such as misspelled names or wrong address. In order to correct such errors, relevant applications, available at the RTO or online, have to be filled and duly submitted. The official will verify the corrections and on approval, the new licence with corrected details will be issued. The applicant can collect the licence on the same day from the office. A small amount, depending on the corrections, will be charged.

Test Procedure to Obtain Driving Licence in Madhya Pradesh

Once the validity of the learner’s licence is nearing expiry, the applicant can opt for permanent driving licence. For the learner’s licence, the applicant has to clear the test (verbal and written) on traffic regulations. A period of one month is allotted for practice post which practical driving test for permanent licence is conducted.

The applicant can choose the slot to give the driving test. However, it should be within six months of getting the learner’s licence. The test is conducted by the designated inspector, after he verifies all the submitted documents. Since the RTO doesn’t provide vehicles for the test, the applicant has to arrange for his own vehicle (if it is a two wheeler or auto rickshaw) or if it’s a four wheeler, the motor driving school will arrange for the same.

Test for Two-Wheeler & Three-Wheeler: The test for these vehicle categories is conducted in the RTO’s vicinity. The applicant has to ride the vehicle, along the marked border. He may also be required to make ‘Eight’ figure without touching the poles embedded at the corners. The rider will also show skills such as gear change, vehicle control while speed shifts, bending corners or reversing, and making ‘figure of eight’ without the feet touching the ground. If the rider does all this efficiently, the inspector approves the rider and he is sent for the road test. In this test, the applicant is assigned a certain distance where his riding skills and whether he complies with the traffic rules and regulations is checked. On clearing these tests, the applicant is eligible to receive permanent licence to ride two-wheeler (gearless and with gear) or three-wheeler.

Test for Four Wheeler: Driving test for four wheeler is similar to that of two or three wheeler. The applicant will have to drive along the ‘H’, without touching the columns, marked on the ground. This test is to check if the driver is able to focus on driving while changing gears, or reversing. After clearing the ground test, the driver is supposed to drive the car on road, with the inspector accompanying him. Driving skills on the road, traffic regulation compliance, etc. will be checked.

The tests for two-, three-, and four-wheelers are conducted in accordance with the guidelines under Rule 15 of the Central Vehicle Motor Act (1989). If the inspector is satisfied with the results, the approval is conveyed to the respective RTO officials, post which the process of permanent driving licence is started. In case the candidate fails in either of the tests, a re-test is conducted within 7 days, for which a nominal fee is charged.

Driving Licence Renewal in Madhya Pradesh

Driving licence has an expiry date, based on the age of licence holder and the date of issue. The normal validity of licences is 20 years from the issuance date. Licence has to be renewed post this time period or if the licence holder turns 50 (whichever is first). Here is a list of documents required for the renewal of driving licence.

Private Vehicle Licence:

  • Form No. 9, along with Rs 250
  • Self declaration of physical fitness, Form No. 1
  • Original driving licence
  • Three passport size photographs
  • Age proof (any one of these - Aadhar Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, Voter’s ID)
  • Current residence proof (lease/rental agreement, passport, ration card, or utility bill)

Commercial Vehicle Licence:

  • All of the documents similar to private vehicle licence.
  • Medical certificate in Form No. 1A. Mandatory for commercial category
  • Driver refreshing training certificate in case of heavy motor vehicle

All applications and documents submitted for renewal should be correct. In case of vague or unclear information, the verification process can be delayed or stalled till appropriate documents are received. All documents for commercial vehicle licence renewal have to be validated by the issuing authority. Photocopies of the documents have to be attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public. The renewal of license for private vehicles is usually done the same day of receiving the application, while for commercial vehicles, the licence is sent to the applicant’s address only after thorough substantiation.

How to Apply for Duplicate Driving Licence in Madhya Pradesh

There can be times when a licence can get lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed. Hence it is always advisable to keep a duplicate copy of the licence. In case the licence gets misplaced, the first step is to report its loss to the concerned authority or a police station. Once the complaint is filed the applicant will receive a copy of the same, which can be submitted at the RTO to get a duplicate driving licence.

Giving details of the lost licence, like the number or date of issue can make the retrieving process easy. In the absence of the details, the licence holder will have to reapply for the licence at the same RTO where the first licence was issued. In case of expired licence, an authorization from the Headquarter of the Transport Department is mandatory. Here is a list of documents needed to obtain a duplicate licence.

  • Application Form along with copy of LLD, FIR or NCR of the lost/stolen license
  • Challan clearance report from Traffic Police (in case of commercial driving license)
  • Form No 1 (self-declaration form of Physical Fitness)
  • Proof of residence

An application fee of Rs 200 is charged by the RTO. All the above mentioned documents have to be photocopied and attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public.

How to Get International Driving Licence in Madhya Pradesh

International driving licenses can be availed in any of the RTOs in Madhya Pradesh. These licences come with a validity of 12 months. The applicant should have a permanent driving licence in order to apply for an international one. The list of documents required for applying for an international driving licence have been mentioned below:

  • Valid proof of nationality
  • Attested copy of valid driving license
  • Five passport sized photos
  • Attested copy of a valid passport and visa
  • Medical Form 1-A
  • Attested copy of a valid residence proof
  • A nominal fee of INR 500

FAQs About Driving Licence in Madhya Pradesh

  1. What happens if the applicant fails in the driving test?

    The applicant can apply for a re-test 7 days after the initial driving test.

  2. Does the applicant require a medical certificate for Learner’s Licence?

    According to the RTO rules, an applicant, who is driving commercial vehicle, should be certified medically fit by a doctor.

  3. What are the subjects covered in the "Driving Preliminary Test"?
    • Driving preliminary test is conducted to check if the prospective licence holder is qualified for obtaining the licence. The questions asked are covered from the following subjects:
    • Rules and Regulations of Traffic Signs and Signals, as per the Motor Vehicles Act.
    • Duties and responsibilities of drivers on road.
    • Road safety
    • Information on documents to be carried while on road.
  4. What is the validity of a learner’s licence?

    The learner’s licence is valid for a period of 6 months, post which the individual can apply for a permanent one.

  5. How long is a permanent driving licence valid?

    A permanent driving licence is valid for around 20 years from the date of issue, if the licence holder is below 50 years of age. However, a 50 year old person’s licence will be valid for 10 years, post which it has to be renewed within the stipulated time.

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News about Driving License in Madhya Pradesh

  • District administration in Bhind, MP bans two-wheelers

    With a view to the upcoming legislative assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, the district administration in Bhind has banned two-wheelers during the voting time period. The polling is scheduled for today. The district collector, Dhanaraju S has issued an order stating that no one is allowed to ply the use of two-wheelers between 7 am and 7 pm. When asked to as why the vehicles were banned despite the general public having problems commuting, Dhanaraju S said that the vehicles were banned so that the law and order situation in the state could be maintained and allurement of candidates by voters could be prevented.

    The list of those who will be exempted from the ban are officials performing election duty, vehicles involved in maintaining the law and order, fire brigade, ambulance and vehicles carrying people who are unwell. Also, any vehicles that carry old and disabled people would not be stopped by the authorities.  

    28 November 2018

  • District administration in Bhind, MP bans two-wheelers

    With a view to the upcoming legislative assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, the district administration in Bhind has banned two-wheelers during the voting time period. The polling is scheduled for today. The district collector, Dhanaraju S has issued an order stating that no one is allowed to ply the use of two-wheelers between 7 am and 7 pm. When asked to as why the vehicles were banned despite the general public having problems commuting, Dhanaraju S said that the vehicles were banned so that the law and order situation in the state could be maintained and allurement of candidates by voters could be prevented.

    The list of those who will be exempted from the ban are officials performing election duty, vehicles involved in maintaining the law and order, fire brigade, ambulance and vehicles carrying people who are unwell. Also, any vehicles that carry old and disabled people would not be stopped by the authorities.  

    28 November 2018

  • Stat reveals 40 percent of temporary license holders in Madhya Pradesh not appearing for driving test

    Statistics collected by the RTO in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, have revealed that almost 40 percent of to-wheeler temporary license holders in the state do not appear in the permanent driving license test. As per data recorded by the RTO in Bhopal in 2016, out of 7000 girls who held a learning driver’s license only 4138 girls were able to convert it to a permanent driving license. In 2017, out of 10000 girls who held a learning driving license only 6295 were able to obtain a permanent driving license.

    As per Ajit Rai who works in the license department in the Regional Transport Office (RTO), so many young girls are failing the test because they do not take it as seriously as they should. Talking about how not knowing the basic traffic signs, rules and signals could have fatal consequences, Rai said that today’s youngsters are failing the test because they do not know the basics. Despite failing the test, a person can re appear for it 7 days after. As per Rai, most young applicants fail to identify railway crossing signs and one-way and unguarded bridges.

    29 June 2018

  • Stat reveals 40 percent of temporary license holders in Madhya Pradesh not appearing for driving test

    Statistics collected by the RTO in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, have revealed that almost 40 percent of to-wheeler temporary license holders in the state do not appear in the permanent driving license test. As per data recorded by the RTO in Bhopal in 2016, out of 7000 girls who held a learning driver’s license only 4138 girls were able to convert it to a permanent driving license. In 2017, out of 10000 girls who held a learning driving license only 6295 were able to obtain a permanent driving license.

    As per Ajit Rai who works in the license department in the Regional Transport Office (RTO), so many young girls are failing the test because they do not take it as seriously as they should. Talking about how not knowing the basic traffic signs, rules and signals could have fatal consequences, Rai said that today’s youngsters are failing the test because they do not know the basics. Despite failing the test, a person can re appear for it 7 days after. As per Rai, most young applicants fail to identify railway crossing signs and one-way and unguarded bridges.

    29 June 2018

  • Driving licence fee increases in Bhopal

    In case you are planning to apply for a DL at the Regional Transport Office in Bhopal, be ready to spend more and the charges have increased substantially. The new list with revised rates has already come into effect and the Regional Transport Office has requested the applicants to pay the remaining fee for the registration cards and licences. The notification was issued by the Union Ministry of transport and road on December 29, 2016. It reached the Bhopal RTO on January 5, 2017. As per the new rates, all permanent licences will cost Rs.700 to Rs.1,300. This was Rs.300 to Rs.900 before the changes were made to the fees.

    For the Learner’s Licence, applicants will have to pay Rs.200 as fee. This was Rs.50 before the amendment. The state is adding extra fee to cover the cost of technology and automation used for tests. Applicants who did not pay the difference in charges were turned down at the counter of the Regional Transport Office in Bhopal. The website of Madhya Pradesh transport was also blocked so that people cannot apply for licences at the old rates. Address change on the licence will also cost Rs.200 now.

    19 January 2017

  • Automated driving tracks introduced in Madhya Pradesh

    Bhopal, along with many other similar cities face problems for not having proper driving test tracks when the issue licence. However, the situation in Bhopal will be changing very soon as the transport officials of Madhya Pradesh are planning on automated test tracks for driving so that the capability of the drivers can be examined on the city roads.

    The automated testing tracks of Punjab was visited by Shailendra Shrivatava (Transport Commissioner), MP Singh (regional transport officer) and a regional inspector for transport. They went to visit the test tracks in Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Mohali. These tracks have set an example in India. The track in Mohali has two different types – the serpentine track and the gradient track. The serpentine track is built for two wheelers, whereas, the gradient track is specifically designed for the four wheelers.

    6 October 2016

  • Rise in women applicants for driving license in MP

    After the Madhya Pradesh government reduced the application fee for female applicants applying for a driving license, cities like Indore and Bhopal have witnessed a rise in the number of women applicants. The initiative was taken by the state government last year to encourage driving among the women of the state.

    While the number of female applicants for driving license and learner's license in Bhopal has gone up to 9,869 and 19,237 respectively. Indore on the other hand received 10,501 and 22,535 applications for driving license and learner's licenses respectively.

    As many as 1.48 Lakh applications from women have landed at the state transport department. Cited to be a welcome change, state transport offices in small towns like Singrauli, Datia, Seoni and Katni, which hardly saw female applicants have received an overwhelming number of applications.

    16 February 2016

  • Online payment facility for Driving Licence Fee halted at Indore RTO

    Following an amendment in the central Motor Vehicles Rules, online fee acceptance for driving licence and other documents at the Regional Transport Office has been put on hold. Due to an increase in fee for procuring driving license, learner’s license and fitness test documents, the 22nd Amendment in Rules has been put into action. Archana Mishra, the Assistant Regional Transport Officer said that they are still updating the revised fees in the server because of which online receipt facility for these payments have been temporarily stopped. It is to be noted that an increase in fee has occurred for the first time since 1989 hence the increase is quite steep.

    It was also told that services would resume shortly and as of now arrangement for fee payment through manual receipts have been made available. A Learning licence now costs Rs.150 as opposed to the earlier fee of Rs.30. An additional driving test fee of Rs.50 is also charged now. In addition to the above, fee for issuance of International driving permit, renewal of driving license has also increased. Fee for issuance of permanent driving licence has also increased.

    09 February 2016

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