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General Information and documents required for Driving Licence

Why should you need DL

DLA Driving Licence is an official document certifying that the holder is suitably qualified to drive a motor vehicle or vehicles. No person shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds an effective Driving licence issued to him authorizing him to drive vehicle of that particular category. Above 18 years people are eligible to have driving licence.

Types of Driving Licence

  1. Learner Licence
    This is a temporary licence valid up to 6 month only It is issued to learn driving of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Permanent Licence
    One becomes eligible for permanent licence thirty days from the date of issuing the learner licence.

Learner Licence

Ques: Where do I have to approach for Driving Licence?

Ans. You have to go to Sub-Divisional Officer(Civil) office who is also the Motor Licensing Authority of your area for non-commercial vehicles and to the office of District. Transport Officer, Sector-7 for commercial. For address detail of SDO(C) offices please see the Administration/SDO page of this website.

Ques: What are the office timings of SDO(C)/DTO Office?

Ans. For public dealings 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM
General Office timings 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM

Ques: What is the eligibility for obtaining a learner’s licence?

Ans. Age eligibility: 18 years
For vehicles upto 50CC engine capacity & without gear -- 16 years
(Provided parents/guardian consent obtained.)
For commercial vehicle- 20 years
Conversant with Traffic rules & regulations.

Ques: What are the documents which are required for learner licence?

Ans. The documents required along with the learner application form are as follows :

1.Residence proof:

  1. attested copy of any of the following: 
  2. Ration card 
  3. Electricity/Tel.Bill/House Tax receipts 
  4. Life Insurance Policy 
  5. Pass Port 
  6. Voter Identity card 
  7. Pay slip issued by any office in the Central/State or a local body 
  8. The consent from parents in blood relation can be treated as residence proof, if parents enclose their residence proof. 
  9. Other authentic proof acceptable by M.L.O.
2.Age Proof 
  1. attested copies of any of the following : 
  2. School certificate 
  3. Pass port 
  4. Birth Certificate 
  5. Certificate from Central/State Govt. or a local body
  6. Identity card/voter list 
  7. PAN of Income Tax card
  8. Other authentic proof acceptable by M.L.O. 
  9. Form No.2 : Application for learner licence with pass port size photo graph.
  10. Form No.1 A : Medical certificate –It is required in case of commercial licences or age above 40 years for private non/commercial vehicles having passport size photograph. 
  11. Form No.3 : Learner licence form with photographs.
  12. Form No.1: Self declaration of Medical fitness. Remember to bring the originals of the documents whose attested copies are enclosed.

Ques:What is the prescribed Fee for learner licence?

Ans. Rs.50/- for one category.
Rs.80/- for two categories.
Rs.110/- for three categories.

This fee includes all kind of fee payable for licences excluding photograph card, which is to be paid at the time of permanent driving licence.

Ques: What is the criteria/procedure adopted to issue Learner Licence?

Ans. After verification of your documents you will have to go through a learner test. Before learner test, color blindness inspection is carried out.The learner test is conducted for a period of 20 minutes and it has 20 multiple objective type questions. The minimum marks to qualify is 12. The learning licence is issued to the applicant who has passed this test. A handbook is provided to go through and learn before about the contents of learner’s test like Road signs, Traffic rules & regulations with the learners licence application form.

Ques:What is the expected time for learner licence issuance?

Ans.The learner licence is issued to the applicant who has passed the learner examination. It is issued on the same date after 2-3 hours of completion of examination or after evaluation of the answer sheet. If the applicant does not qualify the learner test, he is given another chance after one-weeks time.

Permanent Licence

Ques: Who are eligible for permanent licence ?

Ans. You should have a valid learner licence.
You should apply after 30 days and within 180 days from the date of issuance of learner licence.You should be conversant about the vehicle systems, driving, traffic rules & regulations.

Ques: Where to approach?

Ans. Approach the office of Sub Divisional Officer (Civil) of your area for non-commercial vehicles and DTO office for commercial vehicles..

Ques: Which documents are required?

Ans. Please carry the following :

  1. Your valid original learner`s licence.

  2. Application in Form No.4

  3. Proof of age

  4. Proof of  residence (as attested photocopy as well)

  5. One recent passport size photograph

  6. Form No.5 in case of commercial licence.

  7. The vehicles for which category you are applying the licence.

  8. Your original licence in case of endorsements of categories.

  9. Remember to bring your original documents along with the above.

Ques:What is the criteria/procedure for issuing a permanent licence?

Ans: After scrutiny of your documents you will be put through the driving test. For driving test you have to bring your vehicle with you. You will be tested for your driving skills, familiarization with the vehicle, traffic rules & regulations. You can be asked about the vehicle system and safety.

Renewal of Driving Licence

The driving licence is required to be renewed after expiry of its validity. You have to approach to your local Motor Licensing Authority Office during public dealing hours for the same.

Ques: How long is the driving licence valid?

Ans. Your licence is valid for 20 years from the date of issue or till you turn 50 years of age, whichever happens earlier. However, if your licence is for a commercial, passenger or goods vehicle it must be renewed after every three years.

Ques: Do I require a medical certificate at the time of renewal ?

Ans. You require medical certificate if :

  1. If you are above 40 years.

  2. If you have commercial licence.

  3. Documents required for renewal of Driving Licence

For Private Licence :

  • Application in Form No.9.

  • 2 copies of your recent passport size photograph.

  • Driving licence held.

  • Proof of age and residence.

  • Medical form No.1 A only if age more than 40 years.

For Commercial Licence :

  • The above documents as used in Private Licence

  • Medical form No.1 A in all cases.

  • Driver refreshing Training certificate in case of HMV.

  • In case of Private licence the record is not verified if the particulars seems to be clear on the licence. However for commercial licence the particulars are verified from the issuing authority. The renewal of licence in case of private licence is done on the same day but for commercial licence the renewal is made after verification of the particulars.

Duplicate Licence

Duplicate Licence is issued in case of loss, theft,or on mutilation
We recommend that you keep the photocopy of your licence safe, particulars of licence noted with you so that you may not face trouble in case of loss/theft. It would be easier to locate your licence particulars from the record. If you can not provide the particulars it is advisable to go ahead for fresh licence instead of duplicate of licence.
Ques:  What is the procedure to get a duplicate licence?
Ans:  You will require :

  • Application in Form LLD.

  • FIR of the lost licence

  • Challan clearance report from RTA Office (in case of Commercial licence renewal).

For duplicate licence you have to approach the issuing authority and the particulars will be verified from their records. The validity of duplicate licence will be the same of your previous licence. The original issuing authority will issue your duplicate licence.
If your licence is lost and expired by more than 6 months your case requires permission from Head Quarter of Transport Department.

International Driving Licence

International driving permits are also issued by the Motor Licensing Authority/ Sub Divisional Officer(Civil). The validity of this permit is for one year. You are required to get your licence from the country your visiting within one year period. Following documents are to be produced at the time of applying for a International driving permit :-

Valid driving licence issued,which is minimum for 1 year old.

  • Attested copy of address proof.

  • Attested copy of Birth certificate

  • Valid passport

  • Valid Visa

  • Two passport size photographs.

The International driving permit is issued from 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM from office of SDO(C).

Other State Driving Licence

The procedure and documents are same as renewal of driving licence except record confirmations may be asked from issuing authority of that state. You have to apply to your local zonal office for the same.

Courtesy: Delhi.Gov.in, nic.in. and indiandrivingschools.com

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