Driving Licence FAQ

You need to apply to your local RTO for driving licence.

No. For a new applicant, first the learner's licence is issued which remains valid for 6 months. After 1 month and within 6 months from its issuance, you need to apply for permanent driving licence.

No. You do not need to drive while applying for a Learner's Licence.

Yes. Learner's Licence is valid across India.

Yes. Below mentioned age limit is applicable while applying for a driving licence:

  • An applicant, who has completed 16 years of age, is eligible to apply for a driving licence to drive a two-wheeler with engine capacity below 50 cc subject to the condition that the parent or guardian should furnish a declaration in the manner prescribed.
  • The applicant, who has completed the age of 18 years of age, is eligible to apply for a driving licence to drive a motor vehicle other than a transport vehicle.
  • An applicant, who has completed 20 years of age, is eligible for applying for a licence to drive a transport vehicle as well.
  • There is no upper age limit for getting a valid driving licence in India.
  • The Motor Vehicle Act,1988 provides the condition for issuing driving licence to persons above 50 years of age. The driving licence is issued to a person of age above 50 years for 5 years and has to be renewed in every 5 years.

You can get a learner's licence on clearing a test known as "driving preliminary test". This test is conducted to know your knowledge about Traffic Signs, Traffic Signals, Rules and Regulations, duties of drivers on road and about precautions to be kept in mind while travelling on a road.

You are eligible for Permanent Licence, if You have a valid learner licence You apply for it after 30 days and within 180 days from the date of issuance of learner licence You are conversant with the vehicle systems, driving, traffic rules & regulations.

Following documents are required for Driving Licence:

  1. Residential Address Proof
  2. Proof of Age
  3. Form 1
  4. Form 1A
  5. Form 2
  6. Form 3

A Permanent Driving Licence for a private vehicle is valid for a period of 20 years from its issuance or upto the age of 50 years, whichever is lower. However, a Commercial Permanent Driving Licence is valid up to 3 years only. On expiry of validity period, the driving licence is required to be renewed.

The following documents are required to be carried by you while driving your vehicle:

  1. Driving License (DL)
  2. Registration Certificate (RC)
  3. Valid Insurance Certificate
  4. Valid P.U.C Certificate

No. You cannot use your mobile phone while driving. By law, your mobile phone should be switched off while driving.

Yes, the other persons/ occupants of the vehicle other than the driver are allowed to use their mobile phones while driver is driving the vehicle.

With effect from September 1, 2019, if you wish to change the residence address or place of business in your driving licence, then same can be done online and you can apply for this to any registering authority within the state.

  • Driving licence issued is valid throughout India.
  • Driving licence is issued for 20 years or 50 years of age whichever is earlier.
  • Driving licence issued for transport vehicle is valid for 3 years.

You can check the application status online by visiting the portal if postal tracking number is provided to you by the RTO.

No. You need to apply for permanent driving licence before your learner's licence expires and clear the driving test.

As per the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, you can apply for renewal of your licence any time between 1 year before its expiry and up to 1 after its expiry. For example, if the validity of your driving licence is expiring in July 2021, then you can apply for renewal from July 2020 till July 2022.

In case you want to change the residence address on your driving licence, then you can do it online. You need to apply for this to any registering authority (RTO) within the state.

Both the driver and the person seated in front of the vehicle must wear seat belts while the car is in motion.

Minimum Educational Qualification for Holding a Driving Licence of Transport Vehicle:

  • Minimum educational qualification for an applicant for obtaining a licence to drive a transport vehicle is 8th standard.
  • A person driving a goods vehicle carrying goods of dangerous or hazardous nature to human life should also has the ability to read and write at least one Indian language specified in VIII Schedule of the Constitution and English.