Necessity of Driving License

No person shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds an effective Driving license issued to him authorizing him to drive vehicle of that particular category.The two types of Driving License are :

Learner Permanent

FAQ on Driving License
1. How can I get a Learner License?
2. How can I get a Permanent License?
3. What are the steps involved for renewal of License?
4 How can I get a duplicate Driving License?
5. How can I get a International Driving License?
6. How can I get an Other State Driving Licence?
Q. How can I get a Learner License?
Office :Contact your Local Transport zonal office. Timing:For public dealings 8.30 AM to12.00 PM        General Office timings 8.30 AM to 4.00 PM
  1. Age eligibility: 18 years

  2. For vehicles upto 50CC engine capacity & without gear -- 16 years (Provided parents/guardian consent obtained.)

    For commercial vehicle -- 20 year

  3. Conversant with Traffic rules & regulations.
Documents  required :

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.


Prescribed Fee:
  1. Rs.75/- for one category. 
  2. Rs.105/- for two categories.
  3. Rs.135/- 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.

Criteria/Procedure adopted to issue Learner Licence
  1. After verification of your documents you will have to go through a learner test. Before learner test, color blindness inspection is carried out.
  2. The learner test is conducted for a period of 20 minutes and it has 20 multiple objective type questions.
  3.  The minimum marks to qualify are 12. The learning licence is issued to the applicant who has passed this test.
  4. 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.
Expected time for learner licence issuance:

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 quality the learner test, he is given chance after one-week time.

Q.How can I get a Permanent License?
Eligibility for permanent license:
  • You should have a valid learner license.
  • You should apply after 30 days and within 180 days from the date of issuance of learner license. 
  • You should be conversant about the vehicle systems, driving, traffic rules & regulations.

Approach for permanent licence:

Approach your local zonal office of the Licensing Authority zonal offices

Documents Required:
  1. Your valid original learner`s license. 
  2. Application in Form No.4
  3.  Rs.75/- for photograph and lamination of the license. 
  4. Proof of age and residence (as attested photocopy as well) 
  5. One recent passport size photograph
  6.  Form No.5 in case of commercial license.
  7.  The vehicles for which category you are applying the license.
  8.  Your original license in case of endorsements of categories. Remember to bring your original documents along with the above.
Remember to bring your original documents along with the above.
Criteria/procedure of issuing for permanent license:

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.

Q. What are the steps involved for renewal of License?

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

Longitivity of Driving License Requirement of  a medical certificate 
Your license is valid for 20 years from the date of issue or till you turn 50 years of age, whichever happens earlier. However, if your license is for a commercial, passenger or goods vehicle it must be renewed after every three years.
  1. If you are above 40 years. 
  2. If you have commercial license.

Documents required for renewal of Driving License

For Private Licence 
For Commercial Licence
  1. Application in Form No.9.
  2. Rs.15 for fees and Rs.65 for the photograph and lamination of the licence.
  3. 2 copies of your recent passport size photograph. 
  4. Driving licence held. 
  5. Proof of age and residence. 
  6. Medical form No.1 A only if age more than 40 years.
  1. The above documents as used in Private License
  2. Medical form No.1 A in all cases. 
  3. 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.

Q. How can I get a duplicate Driving License?

Duplicate Licence is issued in case of loss, theft,or on mutilation

We recommend you to keep the photocopy of your licence safe, particulars of licence noted with you so that you may not face troubles in case of loss/theft. It would be easier to locate about 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.

Procedure to get a Duplicate License
  1. Application in Form LLD. 
  2. FIR of the lost licence
  3. Challan clearance report from Traffic Police (in case of Commercial licence renewal).
  4. Rs.85 for fees along with Rs.75 for photograph and lamination.

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. 
Q. How can I get a International Driving Licence?

International driving permits are issued from various zonal offices. 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 :-
  1. Valid driving licence issued. 
  2. attested copy of address proof. 
  3. attested copy of Birth certificate Valid passport Valid Visa Fee of Rs. 200/- 
  4. Two passport size photograph.

The International driving permit is issued from 9.00 AM to 3.00 PM from HQ :

International Driving Licence Unit,
Transport Department (HQ) 1st floor,
5/9 Under Hill Road, Delhi-110054
Q. How can I get an 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