Driving Licence in Odisha

A driving licence is essentially a legal document which acts as proof of an individual’s ability to operate a motorcycle, bus, car or truck on roads (public). In other words, no individual has the right to operate a motor vehicle unless he has a valid driving license which authorizes him to drive a vehicle of a specific class/category.

Odisha Motor Vehicle Department

The Odisha Motor Vehicle Department is responsible for an efficient road transport mechanism for smooth movement of freight and citizens in the state. There are 35 RTOs across the state of Odisha. Each RTO consists of one Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Addl RTO (Enforcement), Inspector of Motor Vehicle IMV, Addl RTO (General), Traffic Inspectors, Asst RTO, Traffic Sub-Inspectors and Enforcement officials among others. RTO personnel are responsible for enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act and Rules in Odisha. There are around 50 lakh registered vehicles in Odisha generating an annual revenue of Rs.910 crore.

Driving Licence

Citizens can approach an RTO which is the licensing authority in their region, to apply for a driver’s license. In other words, individuals can choose to apply in-person or online. The procedure to apply for a driver's license in-person is listed below:

  • Citizens should locate their nearest RTO by logging on to http://vahan.ori.nic.in/epermit/vahan/gui/jsp/contactus.jsp.
  • Application for form 4 (application for licence to drive) can be downloaded from the aforementioned website. Alternatively, form 4 can be obtained from the RTO office as well.
  • The application form should be filled out. Applicants should also have some required documents as listed below:
    • Learner’s license (valid)
    • Driving certificate in Form-5 (transport vehicle)
    • Proof of address
    • Proof of age
    • Three passport-sized photographs
  • The required application form along with the required documents should be submitted at an RTO office after payment of fees
  • RTO officials will check the submitted documents, following which, a driving test will be scheduled
  • An applicant should take a driving test within 180 days of the issue of learner’s license in Odisha
  • An individual will have to drive his vehicle in the presence of an examiner who will gauge the former’s knowledge vis-a-vis traffic signals and rules
  • If the examiner gives the go-ahead, the candidate will receive the driver license

Validity of Driving Licence

The validity periods of different types of driving license issued in odisha are listed in the table below:

Particulars Description
Transport vehicle 3 years from the date of issue or renewal
Non-transport vehicle Up to 50 years or 20 years from the renewal or issue date, whichever is earlier
Transport vehicles carrying hazardous goods One year from the date of renewal or issue

International Driving Permit

The Transport Commissioner, Addl. Commissioner Transport and Principal of Driving Training School, Bhubaneswar offer international driving permits which are valid for one year.

The documents required for acquiring international driving permit are listed below:

  1. Proof of Indian nationality
  2. Form 4A
  3. Driving Licence in India (valid)
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  6. 3 passport-size photographs
  7. Medical certificate (form 1A)
  8. Rs.500 (fee)

Driving Licence and Fees

The fee structure with respect to acquiring driving licence in Odisha is listed in the table below:

Particulars Issue Renewal Late fee
Driving licence - Form 6 Rs.40 Rs.40 Rs.15
Renewal of learner’s licence Rs.30 Rs.30 Rs.30
Driving Licence Form-7 Rs.150 Rs.150 Rs.40
Adding another category/class of vehicle Rs.30 - -
Driving test Rs.50

Driving License online

Driving license can be applied online at https://sarathi.nic.in:8443/nrportal/sarathi/HomePage.jsp. The procedure for applying is listed below:

  1. Click on the link ‘Issue of New Driving Licence
  2. Select DL radio button
  3. Select the State and RTO
  4. Enter the date of birth
  5. Enter current address
  6. Enter details of learner’s license
  7. Upon submission of the required information, a web application number is generated for reference
  8. The ‘e-payment’ option can also be exercised
  9. Select the bank, enter the code and pay the fee

The Odisha motor vehicle department issues the driving license in SCB card after one day of clearing the driving test. Similarly, an upgraded and renewed driving licence will be issued in one day after submission of the required documents. Candidates can track the status of their driving license after entering pertinent details such as name of the RTO, first name, middle name and last name at http://oltp1.orissatransport.org/odts/DLTrack.aspx.

FAQs on Driving Licence in Odisha

  1. What can I submit as address proof for a driving licence application in Odisha?

    For address proof for driving licence application, you can submit either your voter's ID card, passport, LIC bond, etc.

  2. What can I submit as proof of age for my driving licence application in Odisha?

    To get your driving licence, the proof of age you need to submit can be any of the following: birth certificate, school certificate, PAN card, etc.

  3. What is the validity for an international driving licence in Odisha?

    The validity for an international driving licence that is issued in Odisha is one year from the date of issuance of the licence.

  4. Can a new class of vehicle be added to an existing driving licence?

    Yes, you can add a new class of vehicle to your existing driving licence by paying an additional fee which is Rs.30.

  5. What forms are required to apply for a driving license for a transport vehicle and light motor vehicle?

    To obtain a driving licence for a transport vehicle, you need to apply with a Form 5 while for a light motor vehicle you would need a Form 4 for the application.

News About Driving Licence in Odisha

  • Odisha government says no smart card driving licence to be issued from 2022

    The state government of Odisha took a decision to not issue any more physical smart cards driving licence (DL). The government will also not issue paper-based vehicle registration certificate (RC). The smart card driving licence replaced the pocket diary-shaped paper licence 15 years ago.

    18 November 2021

  • Odisha RTOs to become queue-less

    The State Transport Authority (STA) of Odisha has recently signed an MOU with the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) for the implementation of the Smart Queue Management System.

    With the implementation of the new system, the applicants will no longer be required to stand in queue for availing the services provided by the RTOs in Odisha.

    4 February 2021

  • Riding without a helmet will lead to driving license suspension in Odisha

    The transport and police authorities have been instructed by the Odisha government to suspend the driving license of individuals who are caught riding without a helmet. Last year, 8.5 lakh individuals were fined for riding with a helmet. District-wise suspension of the driving license has been requested to be submitted by the transport authorities. As per the Supreme Court committee, many lives could be saved by wearing a helmet. Odisha is in the top 12 states when it comes to road accident falls. Since 2016, the number of road accidents has increased.

    2 December 2020

  • Odisha Transport dept will set up all-new urban seva kendras (online services)

    People no longer have to visit regional transport offices (RTOs) availing services. The department will open Transport Seva Kendra (TSK) in urban areas. This will be for decongesting the RTOs and help people get transport-related online services. TSK will be created on the lines with the Jana Seva Kendras that are operational in rural areas. TSK has been mooted for those, who are not conversant with the computer operations and face difficulties in availing the online services of the transport department. As of now, the common service centres have been helping people avail 20 kinds of RTO-related online services only in the rural areas.

    27 August 2020

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