How To Apply For Driving licence Online

In India, any individual who wishes to drive any motor vehicle is required to first possess a driving licence. This licence certifies that the individual is adept at abiding to road safety guidelines and traffic norms. Initially, it is required that an individual applies for a learner's licence. Post obtaining a learner’s licence, one can apply for a permanent driver’s licence.

Instead of going to the RTO, you can now apply for one online. Increased digitization has enabled applicants to apply for a driver’s licence anywhere, anytime.

Pros of Applying for your Driver’s Licence online

  • Extremely convenient for applicants; they can apply right from the comfort of their own home

  • Saves on time; applicants can handily download a form, fill it in and submit the same online within a matter of a few minutes.

  • Within a single online application, a learner’s licence for more than one type of vehicle can be applied for.

  • Applicants can easily schedule their driving test online.

Types of driving licence in India

Depending on the vehicle used by the individual, an appropriate licence can be applied for. The eligibility requirements, however, may vary for different vehicles. Vehicles can broadly be classified into two types: those for personal and commercial use. The list of categories of different vehicles for which the driving licence can be applied is provided below:

  • Light Motor Vehicles: Motorbikes and cars come under this ambit.

  • Heavy Motor Vehicles: This category includes vehicles like trucks, lorries, or trailers

  • Two wheelers without Gears: Gearless scooters and mopeds fall under this category

Documents to get a driving Licence online

  • Proof of Age: This can include either your Birth Certificate, Pan Card, Voter Id, passport or matriculation certificate.

  • Proof of Address: This can include either your ration card, passport, Voter Id, utility bills or life insurance policy.

  • Learner’s licence

  • Documents related to and verifying information provided about the vehicle you intend to operate.

After ensuring the availability of all the above documents, you can go through the steps provided below to apply for a driving licence online.

How to Apply for Driving licence Online?

Online application of driving licence is a quick and simple process. You can visit the official Sarathi website of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry to get your driving licence online form. A step-by-step process is provided below:

  1. On the homepage, you will come across a ‘apply online’ section.

  2. Here, choose ‘New Driving licence’

  3. Instructions for filling in the form will appear. Ensure you go through them thoroughly before attempting to fill in the form. After carefully reading the steps, click ‘continue’

  4. You will them be prompted to fill in the type of licence you already hold, for eg: a learner’s licence, a foreign driver’s licence or a defense licence. Depending on the answer you provide, you will then be asked to fill in the respective licence number.

  5. You would also need to fill in your date of birth.

  6. Next, add your personal details and vehicle info. Click ‘submit’.

  7. Next, upload the documents mentioned above, your passport photographs, signature, verify them, and click ‘submit’

  8. On completion, you can book a time slot for your Driving licence exam.

  9. After making the payment, print your application form and payment slip and carry it with you during the driving exam.

  10. Once the application has been processed, a notification will be sent on your registered mobile number via SMS.

Contents of the driving licence online form

To apply online, the registration form is divided into the following parts:

Part A

Part A includes the personal details of the applicant such as name, date of birth, address, and gender, among others. It will also state the education level, blood group, and type of licence one wishes to apply for.

Part B

Part B contains information pertaining to the kind of vehicle one wishes to operate. One can enlist maximum of 19 types of vehicles. It is also required that you provide a vivid description of the vehicles you wish to operate.

Part C

This part comprises of a list of the supplemental documentation being uploaded along with the application form. This includes your proof of age, proof of address, learner’s licence etc.

Part D

This is the declaration by the applicant stating submission of all the required materials. It may also include information such as a licence of documents and medical fitness certificate.

Part E

This part pertains to applicants falling in the age group of 16-18 years. This section is required to be signed by the parents or guardians as a consent for application of licence.

Fees to apply for a driver's licence online

Licence Type

Fees

Driver’s licence

Rs. 200

Learner’s licence

Rs. 150

International Driver’s Permit

Rs. 1,000

Driver’s licence Renewal

Rs. 200

Applicants can pay the fee online or via challan (SBI).

Conclusion

It has long since been asserted that many Indians drive without a proper driving licence, thus leading to regular instances of accidents or other fatalities. Reports from New Delhi stats that only 12% of the applicants pass their driving test, with 88% agreeing to not have given any driving test at all! In order to protect you and your vehicle from such liabilities, it has been made mandatory to possess an adequate motor insurance policy. While applying for your driver’s licence, you can consider purchasing the Bajaj Allianz Motor Insurance policy available on Finserv MARKETS to help insure your two-wheeler effectively. It offers cashless claims without involvement of any third parties, swift claim settlement processes, access to a wide network of 4000+ garages throughout India. You can also take advantage of online renewal of your bike insurance anytime!

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