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How to get a driving licence in India

Team OD  | Updated: April 15, 2020, 05:29 PM IST

Once you've come of age, or just haven't got around to doing it, the first thing you need to do before you start driving is to get yourself a driving licence. You will need one before you are legally allowed on to the roads. This process has the potential to get a bit tedious, so we've put together these few steps to help you through it.

What is the first step?

Before you get your permanent driving licence, you will need a learner's licence. This is what you will use when you start learning how to drive with an instructor. You can head out on to the road with a learner's licence as long as you are accompanied by someone who has a permanent licence. Also, a learner's licence is valid for six months from the date of its issue. You can apply for a permanent licence a month after your learner's license has been issued.

What documents do I need for a permanent driving licence?

Before you start the application process, you will need to make sure you have the full list of documents required for the process. These are as follows

-Age proof (Birth certificate, PAN card, Passport,etc)

-Permanent address proof (Aadhar Card, Passport, House agreement, etc)

-Current address proof (Rent agreement, gas bill, etc.)

-Filled application form (available at RTO or online on Saarthi website)

-Six passport sized photographs

-Application fee (varies as per State)

-Medical certificate (for applicants over 40)

-Form 4

How do I apply for a driving licence?

Once you have all your documents ready, you will have to head to the RTO in your jurisdiction. Here you will need to submit all your documents, undergo the biometric scanning process, and pick a slot for your driving test. There will be a separate fee for this. One the scheduled date and time, you will have to undergo an actual driving test which can include various maneuvers ad decided by the officer in charge. You may also need to take a MCQ test for which you will be given access to reading material. Once the test has been completed you will be issued your licence via post in a few days.

Alternatively, you can simplify the process by asking your driving school to set up these appointments, if you have signed up for one. The government's Saarthi website also allows you to upload your documents digitally in advance.

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