• Learners License Test

    According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, any Indian citizen driving on Indian roads should possess a valid driving licence. According to rules made by Regional Transport Office (RTO), to obtain a driving licence, a citizen should first pass a theoretical exam and obtain a learner’s licence. Therefore, a learner’s licence has become a crucial document for anyone who wants to hone their driving skills and obtain a driving licence.

    The theoretical exam to obtain the learner’s licence is based on traffic rules and regulations. The licence is valid for only 6 months, after which one has to reapply for a new learner’s licence in case they did not obtain their permanent driving licence. A person above the age of 16 is eligible to apply for a learner’s licence.

    Different Types of Learner’s Licence

    A learner’s licence is divided into two categories – Personal Use and Commercial Use.

    Learner’s licence that comes under Personal Use are:

    • MCWG or M/CYCL.WG: For geared and gearless motor vehicles.
    • MC 50CC: For vehicles with an engine capacity up to 50cc.
    • MC EX500CC: For motorcycles that have an engine capacity of 50cc and above, geared motor vehicles, and light motor vehicles.
    • FVG: For gearless motor vehicles with any kind of engine capacities like mopeds and scooters.
    • LMV-NT: For light motor vehicles that are used for non-transporting purposes.

    Learner’s licence that comes under Commercial Use are:

    • MGV: For medium goods vehicle.
    • HGMV: For heavy goods motor vehicle.
    • LMV: For light motor vehicles that are used for commercial works.
    • LMV-NT: For light motor vehicles that are used for non-transport works.
    • HPMV: For heavy passenger vehicles.

    Learner’s Licence Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility criteria to obtain a learner's licence is mentioned below:

    • Age: To apply for a learner licence for a geared motor vehicle, commercial heavy vehicle, and transport vehicle the applicant should be 18 years of age. For applying for a learner’s licence for gearless motorcycles with engine capacity up to 50cc, the applicant should be 16 years of age.
    • Other requirements: The applicant should possess address proof and age proof and must be familiar with basic traffic rules and regulations.

    Documents Needed to Apply for Learner’s Licence

    The various documents required to apply for a learner’s licence are mentioned below:

    • Filled and signed learner’s licence application form
    • Application fee
    • Age proof
    • Address proof
    • Six passport-sized photographs of the applicant
    • Certified government doctor signed medical certificate with Form 1 and Form 1A

    How to Apply for a Learner’s Licence

    Online Method:

    To apply for a learner’s licence through the online method, follow the instructions given below:

    • Step 1: Open your local RTO official website
    • Step 2: Check to see if your local RTO’s official website accepts learner’s licence applications online.
    • Step 3: If yes, then fill out your online application form with basic information such as your name, postal code, district, father's name, and so on.
    • Step 4: You will be prompted to provide scanned copies of all essential papers after completing the online application.
    • Step 5: After that, you'll be prompted to select a time slot for your written exam.
    • Step 6: Following your selection of a slot, you will be requested to pay the application cost.

    Offline Method:

    To apply for a learner's permit offline, follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Step 1: Get a learner's licence application form from your local RTO Office.
    • Step 2: Fill out the form with all of your basic information.
    • Step 3: Attach the form with all of the essential documents and photos.
    • Step 4: Submit the application form at the RTO office.
    • Step 5: Make an appointment for your written exam at the RTO office.

    Learner’s Licence Test Procedure

    To get a learner’s licence, the applicant will be asked to attend a theoretical exam either offline or online. This method is required for all candidates who wish to get a learner’s licence.

    Here are a few helpful tips for attending learner’s licence exam:

    • Arrive at the exam venue at least 30 minutes before your exam time.
    • Carry your confirmation slip with you to the venue to show that you have already paid the learner’s licence application fee.
    • If your first attempt is unsuccessful, do not be worried about the exam. You will be allowed to reappear for the exam one week after.

    FAQs on Learners License Test

    1. Should I know how to drive a vehicle while applying for a learner’s licence?

      No, you are not required to know how to drive a vehicle while applying for a learner’s licence.

    2. How long is a learner’s licence valid for?

      A learner’s licence is valid for 6 months from the date it was issued.

    3. What is the application fee for a learner’s licence?

      The application fee for a learner’s licence is Rs.150.

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