Fill the particulars of the applicant.
Upload the necessary documents.
Upload the photograph and digital signature (if required). It applies to specific states only.
Schedule a time for DL Test. It is necessary only for AEDL (Additional Endorsement of Driving License).
Make the payment of the fee.
According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, you can't drive a vehicle on any public road unless you possess a legitimate Driving License. The DL should be issued to you by the government of India and it will authorize you to drive a vehicle of the category of vehicle that you had applied for. For example, if your driving license passes you to drive a four-wheeler, it does not entitle you to ride a two-wheeler on public roads.
You will be issued two types of Driving Licenses in India: the Learner's License and Permanent Driving License. Learner's License is a temporary document with a validity of six months which allows the driver to learn driving on the public roads legally. You can get a Permanent License only after you have held the Learner's Licence for at least one month since its date of issue.
To acquire the permanent driving license, you will be required to pass the test that would be easy for someone who is well versed with the rules and regulations linked with traffic and whose driving skills are excellent. You can book an appointment via online mode or you can visit the RTO directly with the necessary documents. You will be able to book the slot from the official website of your state RTO. You should pick among the slots that are available. After the slot has been booked, you need to visit the RTO to appear for the test at the pre-decided time.
Your driving skills will be examined in the Permanent Driving License Test. An Inspector from the RTO will conduct your test. It includes the candidate having to drive through the RTO’s chosen driving track. You will be judged on your general driving skills, how accurately you follow the rules and your understanding of the rules. You can read the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989 (on Driving Test) for more information.
You can procure the application form CMV 4 which is either from the inquiry counter or you can decide to download it by going online. You will be required to submit three passport-sized photographs if you decide to acquire it from the counter.
You will be required to provide the following documents to be eligible for a Driving License:
A Valid learner’s license.
All the necessary documents of the vehicle which you propose to appear for the driving test. The necessary documents include:
Insurance Certificate, Tax Card, Registration Certificate,‘Pollution under Control Certificate’ and if the applicant must submit its a transport vehicle, the Fitness Certificate and any other related documents.
If you appear for the test with a vehicle that isn't two-wheeler, you will also require the certificate in Form CMV 5 which can be issued by a driving school.
Duly filled Application form
Current passport-size photographs
For the Driving License test, you must visit your nearest RTO office and make a payment of Rs. 40 for booking a DL. You will also be required to pay Rs. 50 for the Driving Test. You also must apply the Form along with the documents to the RTO.
OLD Fee for Driving License Test was Rs. 50
Revised fee for DL Test since January 2017 is Rs. 300
In the next step, the driving test will be conducted. You will be familiarized with traffic rules. If you perform competently in the driving test, the testing authority will issue your DL within a few days. The Assistant R.T.O. will pass an order for granting your driving license if you have passed the test that was conducted by the RTO. If you have passed the test previously and paid the required fees, you will be taken to a room where your picture will be taken. You will get your Driving License in the next evening.
Until 2014, acquiring a license for heavy vehicles such as buses, trucks, and lorries wasn't very difficult since the tests conducted were very relaxed. But, rules have become much more stringent and more structured these days. Applicants are required to be tested well on a track specially designed for large vehicles. Till now, the RTOs of most of the states have kept these rules intact. But, there are many places across the country where the license can be procured much easily. More stringent tests mean that only people with excellent skills can operate the heavy vehicles on the public road which is essential for avoiding any accidents of public roads.
These are the abilities that you will be evaluated on as a motorcar driver:
Parallel Parking (alongside a car).
Driving forward on an ‘H’ shaped road.
Driving forward on a road that is upward sloping. The candidate should be able to drive upwards without stopping.
Driving backward on an ‘S’ shaped road.
You must follow the procedure mentioned below to pass a two-wheeler license test:
Visit the RTO in the allotted time with your Learner's License.
You also must possess the receipt for the payment that you have made for taking the DL test.
You must report at the Registration desk of the RTO before the allotted time.
The officer will be using the SARATHI software database to verify the applicant's ID, LL, and other documents. Your thumbprint will also be verified as a part of the identification verification.
The candidate will be given an authorization if they are found to be eligible.
The details on the authorization document that is required for the applicant to enter the testing area include:
Candidate must enter the Testing area along with the vehicle provided and wait for their turn.
You must ride a two-wheeler in forward direction following the track shaped like the number '8'. While taking the test, the candidate is not supposed to place their feet down until they have completed the track.
For verification, the candidate will be required to swipe his/her RFID card in the machine provided that is placed at the entrance of the track.
Signal Lights are provided to guide the candidate on the tracks.
When the candidate is being verified, the signal light will turn red.
The signal light turns green if the computer has validated the candidate's details and verified him/her to take the test.
The candidate should move from the Start Line at this point.
The Signal Light turns back to red after the candidate moved from the start line.
The candidate must make sure not to knock down any of the marker poles while riding on the track.
As soon as the candidate crosses the Starting Line, the computer starts a timer. The timer keeps running until the vehicle reaches the Stop Line or the allotted time is exhausted.
The computer analyzes if the candidate has made any violations by using the sensors and the candidate is given marks according to that.
A video of the candidate is taken after they finish the test.
The candidate's picture is taken midway during the test as an additional record.
You will be required to fulfill the requirements when you appear for the Driver’s License Test:
You must appear an hour before the time slot that you have been allotted.
You must come with the particular class of vehicle that you have applied for.
The test should be conducted in the presence of an Inspector of Motor Vehicle.
While driving a four-wheeler, you must wear a seatbelt.
Don't take the test unless you are confident about your driving skills
What will happen if I fail the test?
If you fail the DL test, you must take your application and documents and leave. You may appear for the test again after 7 days. You will be required to pay the test fees when you appear for the re-test for procuring DL.
Why do you require a Driving license in India?
Aside from the fact that an individual should hold a driving license to drive a vehicle in India legitimately, the advantages of a driving license are more than one.
Reasons why you should acquire Driving License in India
It acts as an essential Document of Identification
Usually, while traveling or visiting an age-restricted area, you are needed to present an ID. Driving License comes handy in such cases. This shows that driving license not only allows you to drive any vehicle on the Indian Roads but also acts as a valid identification proof. Among the other documents like PAN Cards, Voter ID Cards, passports, Aadhar Cards, driving license, too, acts as a widely accepted form of personal identification.
It makes commuting throughout the country much easier
Commuting in the country these days is a notably stressful activity. Using public transport may not be everyone's cup of tea. Additionally, having a vehicle equips you with the freedom of mobility whenever you wish to move whenever you need. Keeping that in mind, if you want to buy a car or motorbike to travel, you must acquire the driving license.
Driving License is a compulsory and legal requirement
If you want to drive in India or even abroad, it is necessary to own a valid driving license. Driving License is a mandatory document which indicates your capacity to manage or drive a vehicle.
Driving License Valid As ID Proof For Replacing Old Notes
When demonetization hit the nation, PM declared a ban on Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes; people started rushing to exchange their old notes in the banks. When you visit the bank to exchange an old 500 or 1000 rupees note, you can present your Driving License as a valid identity proof. Kindly note that the original driving license (and not a photocopy) must be shown at the counter while exchanging the notes.