One of the important documents that we all carry with us at all times is a driving licence. Driving on Indian roads without a valid licence is an offence in our country. To drive a vehicle in India one should possess a valid driving licence. Though it is mandatory to have a DL, many fail to apply for one as the process of applying for a DL is time-consuming and tedious. However, that is not the case now. You can go online and apply for a driving licence yourself.
The government of Maharashtra issues two types of driving Licences, which include:
Based on the type of the vehicle, Mumbai issues the following licences:
Getting a driving licence in Mumbai is now easy and simple. The Maharashtra Transport Department has taken necessary steps to make the DL process easy. They have digitised and simplified the entire process to encourage Mumbaikars to apply for driving licence. In the city of Mumbai, a driving licence is issued to a person who meets the following eligibility criteria:
The documents required to apply for a driving licence in Mumbai are:
The RTO office Mumbai charges a fixed fee for the services they offer. Some of the RTO licence-related fees and are as follows:
|Learner’s Licence||Rs.151 plus Rs.50 for the test|
|Permanent Driving Licence||Rs.716|
|Renewal of Driving Licence||Rs.416|
|Issuing duplicate DL||Rs.216|
|International Driving Licence Permit||Rs.1,000|
|Authorization to Drive Public Service Vehicle||Rs.766|
|Duplicate Registration Certificate||50% of registration fee of particular class of vehicle|
|Duplicate Fitness Certificate||Rs.100|
|Alteration in Vehicle||Rs.50|
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 do it online on the Maharashtra Transport 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.
Did you know that you can apply for a duplicate driving licence in Mumbai? Yes. 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 a 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, the 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.
While a driving licence issued in India is recognised by many countries, there are few countries that don’t. In these countries, you will require an International Driving Licence to operate a motorised vehicle. To apply for an International Driving Licence in Mumbai, you can visit the nearest RTO with the following documents:
Now that you know how easy it is to possess a driving licence, go ahead and apply for a valid DL in Mumbai today.
If the test has been cleared, the learner’s licence will be issued on the same day. However, if the test has not been cleared, a slot for another appointment can be booked for another day.
You can take the driving test only one month after obtaining the learner’s licence.
Yes, both a permanent driving licence in Mumbai and learner’s licence in Mumbai is valid in other states in India.
Renewal of driving licence in Mumbai can be done within 5 years of its expiry although you will have to pay a penalty for it (penalty is not charged if it is renewed within 30 days of expiry).
A driving school is supposed to provide at least 21 days of training (and 10 hours of instruction) for a driving licence for non-transport vehicles.
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