How To Apply For Driving Licence in India – Online And Offline

For how many months has your new car been testing dust in the parking lot? Quite a few, or many? Well, to tell you the truth, over 30% people in India travel daily in buses and public transport only because they want to avoid heavy documentation and long procedure of obtaining the Driving Licence. However, you will be glad to hear that the process of applying for Driver’s Licence, online or offline in India is very simple and straightforward.

In India, the Driving Licence is issued by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) and Regional Transport Office (RTO). Issuance of licences began after passing of The Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 that states that no individual is allowed to drive a motor vehicle on a public road without the Driver’s Licence. To be eligible for applying for your Driving Licence, your age must be 18 years or larger and you must have valid identity proofs.

To apply for your Licence, we have drafted a step by step procedure which you can check down below. If you want to apply from the comfort of your home, then online application would be perfect for you. But if you can do a little up-down, offline process too is not that exhausting. Here’s the complete process.

How To Apply For Driving Licence in India

Online Application

There are two kinds of application for Driving Licence. First is for Learner’s Licence (LL) and next, Driving Licence (DL). Though the procedure for applying for the two is more or less the same, here’s the modus operandi for both.

For Learner’s Licence (LL)

  1. There are different websites dedicated to RTOs of different states. So, browse in Google to search the website of RTO in your state. Check if this RTO offers online LL application facility.
  1. If the RTO provides LL, go to the website and click on ‘Apply Online’. This will take you to a screen with a list of instructions. Read the instructions carefully and fill up your particulars in the form.
  1. Then, you will be asked to upload some documents like your identity proof, address proof etc.
  1. Pay the fees via NEFT.
  1. Following every application submitted, a test, written or online is conducted for the applicants testing their eyesight and understanding of Traffic Rules & Regulations. Only upon passing that test, LL is issued to the applicant.

Now, there are some RTOs that provide online facility to select and book your test slot, but not all of them. If your RTO doesn’t have this facility, you can take a printout of your application form along with a photocopy of each document and submit it in the respective RTO. There you will be assigned your test day and time.

  1. At the booked place and schedule, appear for the test!

If you wish to apply for a Driving Licence, you can apply 30 days after the issuance of Learner’s Licence. See how.

For Driving Licence (DL) 

  1. Go to https://sarathi.nic.in. At the centre left, you’ll see a number of tabs running below the heading ‘Driving Licence’.
  1. Download the application form for DL (New Driving Licence). To Apply for a New Driving Licence, the applicant must have a Learner’s Licence before.
  1. Fill up the form as per the instructions provided and click on ‘Submit’. If the applicant is a minor, ‘Part D’ of the form is also to be signed by the parent or guardian and submitted in respective RTO office.
  1. Upload the required documents.
  1. Make the payment via online transfer.
  1. Upon completing the filling process, an Application Number will be generated which you can use to check your application status. Once the application is processed, you will receive a SMS notification.
  1. Following the notification, you will be required to take a driving test alongside a Motor Vehicle Inspector who may inspect and observe how well you follow the rules of the road.

Next, passing the driving test, you will receive the licence through post at your registered address. 

Offline Application

If you are unfamiliar with the online world, there’s also an offline process to apply for the driver’s licence. The steps for applying offline are mostly the same, except that you have to submit the filled application form at your state’s RTO office instead of the online portal. Secondly, the payment here will be made at the RTO instead of online.

The fees for Driving Licence application is Rs. 30 for LL and Rs. 100 for DL.

Hereupon, you arrive at the understanding of complete process of applying for your Driving Licence. But this is not the end. No, seriously. The final step is when you actually apply and receive your licence. Wishing you glorious road trips ahead!

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