Driving Licence in UP

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) is Government of India bureau that is responsible for the issue of driver’s licences and registration of vehicles in the country. The Road Transport Association sets the rules and regulations for licence issuance in Uttar Pradesh.

Types of Driving Licence in Uttar Pradesh

Individuals applying for permanent driving licence in Uttar Pradesh can opt for the vehicle type they wish to attain the permit for. The Regional Transport Office of Uttar Pradesh provides licences for the following vehicles:

  • Light motor vehicles (passenger) that include cars, jeeps, delivery vans, autorickshaws and taxis
  • Medium passenger vehicles such as larger commercial vehicles, tempos for passengers and minivans
  • Heavy passenger motor vehicles include buses used for commercial transport
  • Medium goods vehicles such as tempos and delivery trucks

Required Documents for DL in UP

In order to apply for permanent driving licence in Uttar Pradesh, the individual has to furnish the documents mentioned below:

  • Original learner’s licence
  • Application in Form No. 4
  • Driving certificate in Form 5 (in case of transport vehicle licence), from an approved training school
  • Three passport size photographs
  • Proof of residence (utility bills, lease/rent agreement)
  • Valid government ID proof (Voter’s ID, Pan card, Passport)

Apply for Driving Licence in UP

In order to get a driving licence, the applicant has to fill Form-4 and submit it, along with other requisite documents to the RTO Officer issuing licence. The documents will be verified after which a driving test is conducted. The RTO does not provide vehicles for the test, hence the applicant will have to bring his own vehicle or arrange it with the driving school, where he learnt driving. Niometric identification tests such as retina scan and fingerprints are taken, if the applicant clears the competency test. The licence is sent by post at the address mentioned, by the applicant, in the form. In some RTOs, the applicant can go to the specific zone and collect it in person.

How to Apply for Driving Licence Online in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh RTO has an official website where individuals can apply for a licence online. By visiting the e-services portal, the applicant can download Form 4, which is the application licence to drive. The appropriate details have to be entered correctly in the form. A few documents, serving as proof of identity and nationality of the applicant, as mentioned in the portal have to be uploaded. Once all the instructions have been followed, the form has to be submitted. A reference number will be generated, which has to be produced at the time of the competency test. Some RTOs may also ask for a printout of the filled registration form.

Check Driving Licence Status

An applicant can check the status of his driving licence in two ways - online or offline. The online status can be checked by visiting the official portal of the Uttar Pradesh Zonal Transport Office. The applicant can enter his name, reference number, date of application, and receipt number to see the exact status of the licence. Another way to check is to visit the RTO where the applicant has given his competence test.

Making Corrections in the Driving Licence

Filling the application form correctly is essential. However, in spite of the care taken, some mistakes may tend to occur, as the form moves to different departments. Misspelled names and wrong addresses are some common errors that may occur. In order to correct such mistakes the applicant has to collect and fill relevant applications, available at the RTO or online. The concerned official will verify the corrections and on approval, the new licence with corrected details will be issued. The licence can be collected on the same day from the office. A small fee will be charged, based on the corrections.

Driving Licence Renewal in Uttar Pradesh

Every driving licence, be it for private or commercial vehicle, has an expiry date, depending on the date of issue and licence holder’s age. The normal validity for a licence is 20 years from the issuance date. After the licence has expired, it has to be renewed within a month, in order to avoid penalty. An amount of Rs 250 is charged as renewal fee. Here is a list of documents required for renewing the expired driving licence.

Private Vehicle Licence:

  • Form No. 9
  • Original driving licence
  • Three passport size photographs
  • Age proof (any one of these - Aadhar Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, Voter’s ID)
  • Form No. 1 i.e. self declaration of physical fitness
  • 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. This certificate is mandatory for commercial category and has to be issued by an MBBS doctor
  • Driver refreshing training certificate in case of heavy motor vehicle

All applications and documents submitted for renewal should have correct details. The applicant should also ensure that there is no vague or unclear information, as it may delay or stall the verification process. Documents for licence renewal of commercial vehicle have to be validated by the issuing authority. Photocopies of the documents have to be attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public. License renewal for private vehicles is usually done the same day of receiving the application. On the other hand, renewed licence for commercial vehicles, is sent to the applicant’s address only after thorough substantiation.

Apply for Duplicate Driving Licence in Uttar Pradesh

Duplicate licences can also be applied at the zonal office. A valid reason has to be submitted to the issuing authority. If the licence is lost or stolen, it has to be reported to the concerned authority or at a police station. The complaint copy should be submitted at the RTO to get a duplicate copy of the driving licence.

In case of the licence is loss, the applicant can provide details such as licence number and date of issue if it can be retrieved from the records. If there are no details, then reapplication is the only way. In case the licence is expired, the applicant has to provide an authorization letter from the Headquarter of the Transport Department to the concerned RTO. An application fee of Rs 200 is charged by the RTO. The documents have to be photocopied and attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public. The documents required to apply for a duplicate licence have been listed below:

  • Application Form along with copy of LLD
  • FIR or NCR of the lost/stolen license
  • Challan clearance report from Traffic Police (if it is a commercial driving license)
  • Self-declaration form of Physical Fitness Form 1
  • Residence proof

How to Get International Driving Licence in Uttar Pradesh

International driving licenses is issued in any of the RTOs in Uttar Pradesh. These licences have a validity of 12 months. The list of countries where this licence is valid will be available at the RTO. Permanent driving licence is mandatory when applying for an international permit. A fee of Rs 500 is charged by the RTO. The list of documents required are mentioned below:

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

FAQs About Driving Licence in Uttar Pradesh

  1. What documents should I submit as age proof?
    • You can submit any of the following documents as age proof for permanent driving permit:
    • SSC/HSC Certificate
    • School leaving certificate
    • Passport
  2. How many days of training is required for a non transport vehicle?

    An individual getting instructions from a motor driving school should undergo 21 days of training, before applying for a licence.

  3. What vehicles fall under the category “Non-transport vehicles”?

    A vehicle used by the registered owner, such as car or motorcycle (geared and non-geared), for non commercial purposes are non transport vehicles.

  4. Can a vehicle be driven without insurance?

    Driving a vehicle without insurance is a punishable offence under Section 147 of the Motor vehicles Act. The driver must ensure that the licence is valid and up to date.

  5. Can the fitness certificate be canceled by the RTO?

    The RTO is empowered to cancel a vehicle’s fitness certificate, if the vehicle is not roadworthy or mechanically unfit.


News about Driving License in Uttar Pradesh

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    Fines ranging between Rs.1,000 to Rs.5,000 will be charged for various kinds of traffic violations in the state of Uttar Pradesh. For different traffic violations such as not wearing a helmet or seat belt, talking on the phone while driving, over speeding, etc. Fines will also be taken for driving or using vehicles which are unfit as per the UP notified new MV Amendment Act. The fine amount will range between Rs.1,000 to Rs.5,000 for these violations. The Central Government had revised the traffic violation fines in September 2019 to make the MV Act more stringent. The use of any communication devices while driving, not wearing a helmet in two-wheelers or seat belts in 4-wheelers will be fined with Rs.1,000 for the first time and Rs.10,000 for further violations of the same nature.

    If parking norms are not followed, a fine of Rs.500 and can go as high as up to Rs.1,500 for any subsequent violation. In the case of driving unfit vehicles and causing pollution, a fine of up to Rs.5,000 can be imposed and Rs.10,000 can be charged for further offences. Driving without a license, registration certificate, fitness certificate will carry a fine of Rs.500 and for subsequent violations, Rs.1,500 will be charged.

    22 June 2020

  • 900 driving licences in Noida to be barred for driving despite red light

    The transport department of Noida has decided to ban 900 driving licences for jumping the red light while driving, The offenders have been given a week’s time to submit the licence to the responsible authorities. If they fail to do so, their vehicles be seized by the traffic department of the city. The people who are guilty of jumping the red light have been sent notices and the traffic department has been sent a report containing details about these offenders.

    The violations of these offences occurred in the month of August and September with the report containing details about the offenders such as their name, the vehicle number etc. was handed over to the city traffic department last Friday. The names that have been included in the report have been given time of 7 days to hand over their driving licences. If they fail to comply to the deadline, the vehicles of these offenders will be seized by the traffic police department.

    11 December 2018

  • Driving Rash And Speeding Can Cost You Your Driving Licence

    The Uttar Pradesh transport department recently confirmed that they will suspend the driving license of those drivers who have been caught more than four times for over speeding. If you want to break the speed limit, you might want to think twice going forward.

    The transport department further added that about 11,634 people have been caught for over speeding, out of which, about 500 drivers are from Agra. This statistic was shared with the Agra transport authorities in a recent meeting they conducted to discuss about the raising number of accidents that take place on the Yamuna Expressway.

    The Uttar Pradesh transport department have already started sending notices to those who speed on the Yamuna Expressway.

    Ajay Mishra, ARTO, enforcement, stated that it is difficult to locate every vehicle that speeds on the highways though traffic police are deployed in this area. He also added that tracking every vehicle and their registration details will also be a difficulty. However, if they catch a vehicle with more than four challans for speeding, they will suspend the driving licence.

    Think before you speed.

    18 August 2017

  • E-Rickshaws Do Not Need a Permit

    The Transport Department in Uttar Pradesh sent a written communication to all the Regional Transport Offices in the state, telling them that e-rickshaws around the state will not require a permit to operate. However, the rickshaws will have to be registered with the local transport department. Ravindra Naik, the transport commissioner of UP said, "The amendment has exempted e-rickshaws and e-carts from permit requirements. However, these vehicles need to be registered with the local transport department. The vehicle should also be insured and the driver must have a valid driving licence."

    22 March 2017

  • Regional Transport Offices to Verify the Licences Issued Earlier

    Regional Transport Offices in Uttar Pradesh have notified the sub divisional offices to verify even the driving licences issued earlier. Individuals who have obtained licence without giving driving tests are under the RTO’s scanner. Those with dubious licence may get calls or emails to reappear for tests and prove their skills on the track.

    The state transport department has also communicated with district magistrates to allocate open grounds for conducting driving tests. According to an official, around 50 % of the RTOs in UP lack test tracks and it is not uncommon that people get licences without appearing for the test.

    12 October 2016

  • A New Campaign Against Traffic Violations In Uttar Pradesh

    Due to increase in number of road accidents and traffic management issues, the Director General of Police(DGP) of Uttar Pradesh,Javed Ahmed have started a campaign to check traffic violations and also to ensure proper implementation of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. There has been a record of about 17,666 road deaths in 2015 alone in Uttar Pradesh. A target of Rs.1 crore has been assigned to be collected as a penalty by October 31st, 2016. Penalty charges will be taken on account of various reasons such as wrong parking, driving on the wrong side of the road, using mobile phone while driving, driving uninsured vehicle etc.

    R.K.Singh(Superintendent of Traffic Police) said that all the information and reports regarding the campaign will be presented to the higher authorities by November 3, 2016. The campaign will go on till 31st October, 2016.

    7 October 2016

  • Online Registration Process For Driving License in Uttar Pradesh Now

    In an effort to reduce graft in the licensing process, the driving license applications are being made online in Uttar Pradesh since Oct 1st, 2016. All the RTOs(Regional Transport Offices)have been asked to strictly adhere to these new guidelines regarding online applications. K Ravindra Naik (Transport Commissioner) has revealed that in places namely Badayun, Rampur, Hardoi, Banda, Kanpur Rural and Sitapur etc, Oct 1, 2016 was the deadline for the online registration process. Majority of the districts such as Lucknow, Agra, Noida, Meerut are already online.

    5 October 2016

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