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Driving License: An appropriate driving License is a legal requirement for operating any motor vehicle. A driver's license issued by the competent authority of any State/Union territory is valid throughout the Indian Union.  

Category Age not less than Remarks
a) Motor cycles of special category 16 years a) A motorcycle of engine capacity not more than 50cc falls in this category. The application must be signed by a parent or the guardian.
b) Private cars and motorcycles 18 years b) All light motor vehicles not used for carrying passengers/goods for hire are covered in this category.
c) Transport vehicles 20 years c) All buses, lorries, auto rickshaws, etc. fall in this category.

Learner's License :  
Any person who wishes to drive a motor vehicle has first obtain a learner's license for the purpose of the learning and then has to be tested before a permanent license is granted. A person should not be less than 20 years of age if he wants to learn to drive a transport vehicle.  
i) Proof of age : Documents accepted for proof of age are Birth/School Leaving Certificate, Passport, etc.
ii) Proof of residence : This can be supported by documents like the passport, ration card, electoral roll , electricity or telephone bill, etc.
iii) Medical Certificate : It is required only in case of transport vehicle and can be obtained from any registered medical practitioner n the prescribed form.
iv) Photograph : 3 copies of passport size.
A learner's license is valid only for a period of six months. If the driving test for a permanent license is not passed during this period, a fresh learners license needs to be obtained .  
The Holder of learner's licence is permitted to drive only if he is accompanied by a duly licensed driver who is sitting in a position from where he can control the vehicle and bring it to a stop if required. The vehicle must display 'L' painted signs, both in the front and the rear of the vehicle.  
The holder of learner's license for a motorcycle is not permitted to carry any pillion-rider except the person who is required to be present for imparting instructions and ensuring safety (as mentioned above).

Permanent License   
A Permanent license of the appropriate class will be granted after the successful completion of a driving test conducted by the RTO. The test for the issue of the Permanent license is conducted after a minimum of 30 days from the date of issue of the learner's license . In case of failure , a retest can be requested.


i) Photograph : 3 copies passport size
ii) Fee : Check with your RTO
The application for renewal must be accompanied by :  
  • The driving license 
  • Medical Certificate in case of transport vehicle 
  • 3 copies of photograph
  • Renewal fee of (Check with your RTO) 
    a) An Expired license is valid for 30 days and can be renewed during this period grace without a penalty.  

     b) A license expired for more than 30 days can be renewed on payment of penalty , provided the application is made within a period of five years from the date of expiry. The penalty is charged at Rs. 10/- per year or a part thereof.  

     c) The License can be renewed through any RTO in the country irrespective of the place of its issue. If a driver his place of residence, the new address must be got incorporated in his license. 

    If a duplicate is defaced or lost, a duplicate license can be issued on the production of :  
  • The License number
  • 3 copies of photograph
  • Fee of (Check with your RTO)

    a) The application for duplicate license must be made to the same RTO which has issued the original license.  

     b) In case the license number is not available , or the application is to be made to any other RTO, the procedure as a applicable for the fresh license (learner license, driving test, etc.) will have to be followed. 


    International Driving Permit can be issued by the RTO or other motoring associations authorised by the government such as WIAA. Such a license is valid for one year.  

    Current Indian Driving License valid for at least another year.  
    Current Passport  
    3 copies of a recent photograph  
    Fee of (Check with your RTO)



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