Apply New Driving Licence

 You need to have a valid driving licence to legally drive in India. The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 states that no individual will be allowed to drive a motor vehicle in a public place without a valid driving licence. It is a punishable offence.

Applying for a driving licence is a very easy procedure. Unlike decades ago, people can now go online and can submit an application in a few seconds. You do not have to stand in a long queue to submit your DL application.

Driving Licence Apply for two mode available?

Applying for DL can be done in two ways

  • Online Mode
  • Offline Mode

How to Apply for Driving Licence Online ?

  • Step 1: Click on the website
  • Step 2: Select the online services tab and click on the “Driving Licence Related Services” option.
  • Step 3: Select the State from which you wish to apply.
  • Step 4: Click on “Apply for Driving Licence” option.
  • Step 5: Complete the applicant details.
  • Step 6: Upload scanned copies of the necessary documents.
  • Step 7: Pay the application fee.
  • Step 8: Book a slot for a driving licence test
  • Step 9: Appear for the test as per the schedule.
  • Step 10: The DL is delivered to the applicant's doorstep if they pass the test.

How to Apply for Driving License Offline

  • Step 1: You need to get Form 4 which is the application form for a driving licence in India. The Form can be downloaded from the state transport official website. Alternatively, you can also visit the nearest RTO to procure Form 4.
  • Step 2: Fill up the application form completely and submit it with other documents like age proof and address proof at the nearest RTO.
  • Step 3: Pay the application fee.
  • Step 4: Book a slot for the driving test.
  • Step 5: Give the test at the RTO Office.
  • Step 6: You will obtain a driving licence if you pass the test.

Why Should You Apply for Driving Licence (DL) Online?

It is ideal to apply for your DL online, as it is more convenient and takes lesser amount of time than going through the entire process manually. You can simply download the licence application form from the internet and furnish it with all the necessary documents after filling up the form duly. Once this process is completed smoothly, you can appear for the test and obtain the licence.

Please note that online registration for LL is only for vehicles which are used for personal use and not for commercial transport purposes. In a single online application form the applicant can apply for LL for more than one category of vehicle. The preliminary test is common for all vehicles irrespective of the category of vehicle for which the LL is applied.

Documents Required to Apply for a Driving Licence

Any one of the below for age proof:

  • Birth certificate
  • School matriculation certificate
  • Attested copy of the passport
  • Pan Card
  • Passport

Any one of the below for address proof:

  • Voter’s ID
  • Ration Card
  • Valid passport
  • LIC policy bond
  • State or Central Government payslip

Other documents

  • Learner’s licence
  • Application form 4
  • Application form 5 in case of applying for a commercial driving licence
  • Three passport size photographs

Fees for DL and LL

You can pay the fee either through SBI challan or online. The DL fees for the different categories of licence are given below:

Endorsement of new class of vehicle on Smart Card DL Rs 200.00

Renewal of DL on Smart Card after expiry of grace period Rs 200.00 + penalty @ Rs 50 per year or part thereof

Driving test for each class of vehicle Rs 50.00

Renewal of Driving License on Smart Card Rs 250.00

International Driving Permit (on paper) Rs 500.00

Permanent Driving License on Smart Card Rs 200.00

Learner’s License for each class of vehicle (on paper) Rs 200.00

Difference Between Driving Licence (DL) and Learner's Licence (LL)

In India, there are two types of Driving Licences issued. These is the Learner's Licence and the Permanent Licence. The validity of Learner's Licence is only for six months and is given to people who wish to start learning to drive or ride a vehicle. An individual can obtain a permanent DL on passing written and practical exams, and only after a month of issuance of the initial learner's licence. Thus, one can apply for a DL only after getting a learner's licence. There needs to be a gap of one month between the two applications.