Learner’s License in Kerala

A license issued to the applicant between the age group of 16 to 18 years which authorizes him/her to drive a motor vehicle with an engine capacity below 50cc. The applicant is required to take up a learner's test, a combination of various written and oral tests designed to examine the preparedness of the applicant to confidently drive the vehicle and his/her knowledge of various rules and regulations.

It is a mandatory step for obtaining a permanent driver's license in the state of Kerala like any other state or union territory in India.

Kerala Motor Vehicles Department

The Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Kerala Motor Vehicles Taxation Act 1976 are the two primary laws which guide the framework and functions of the Motor Vehicle Department in Kerala. It was formed in 1958 and has multiple functions, from administrative to enforcement. The following are the primary functions of the MVD in Kerala.

  • Enforcing the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act
  • Registering motor vehicles
  • Issuing driving and conductors’ licences
  • Issuing and renewing fitness certificates to transport vehicles
  • Collecting road taxes and fees

The department consists of four levels. The head office is led by the Transport Commissioner followed by four Zonal Offices headed by a Deputy Transport Commissioners each. The lower level consists of 18 Regional Transport Offices lead by Regional Transport Officers. The last functional level consists of 55 Sub Regional Transport Offices, headed by Joint Regional Transport Officers.

Learners License

An LL is a temporary license granted by the RTO and is valid for 6 months anywhere in India, issued on successful clearance of the written test. The fee payable for taking up the test and obtaining the Learner's License is Rs.30. If the applicant fails the test, it can be rewritten on any of following working days.

The LL holder can appear for a Driving License anytime after 30 days from the date of issue. The date for taking up the test to obtain a permanent license will be provided in the document. Please be aware the LL cannot be renewed.

Documents Required

Form 3 can be obtained from the jurisdictional RTO (Regional Transport Office), at the help desk. Fill the form where required and pay the required fee and obtain a receipt, to be attached with the form for taking up the test. In addition to the forms, you will also be required to produce ID and address proof such as Voters id, Aadhar etc.

As stated earlier in this article, you may apply for a Driving License after a month of holding the LL by applying wit the same RTO. This time, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to control and handle the vehicle on the track.

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