If you want to drive a motor vehicle in India, be it a simple two-wheeler or a car or a heavy commercial vehicle, then possessing a valid driving licence is a must. The right to drive or ride on roads, including state or national highways is a privilege extended by the government to the citizens, and is not an inherent right as per the constitution of India. So the Motor Vehicle Act, mandates that all adult citizens of India who wish to drive or ride on roads must have a driving licence. Not having a valid driving licence is a punishable offence that can attract a traffic fine of Rs. 5,000 under the recent Motor Vehicle Amendment Act.
To get a driving licence application form, you have to visit the local Regional Transport Office or Authority (RTO/RTA). Most states in the country have also digitised the process of filling the driving licence application form, which means that you can download the driving licence online application form from the specific RTO’s website. After downloading the form, you have to submit it to the concerned RTO with the requisite documents.
Before being called for a driving licence test, you have to submit the following documents:
The downloaded driving licence form, which has been filled with the requisite details, and signed.
Passport sized photos.
Age certificate which proves that you are an adult above the age of 18 years.
Documents like registration certificate and insurance of the vehicle on which you are going to take the driving test. In the case of not being the owner of the vehicle, you can be asked to submit a letter of consent from the vehicle owner.
You also have to submit the required fees which varies from one RTO to another.
You must remember that Sarathi is the flagship programme of the ministry which automates the RTO operations pertaining to providing learner’s licence and driving licence across more than 1000 RTOs. If you are a resident of Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh or West Bengal, then you can avail the online services at: parivahan.gov.in/sarthiservice.
Step 1: Provide the requisite details like permanent address, mobile phone number etc., and register yourself at the web portal.
Step 2: Fill the form and generate the web application number.
Step 3: Submit the driving licence online form after noting down its number.
Step 4: Take an appointment with the concerned RTO for the driving licence test after providing the application number and your date of birth.
Step 5: Select the time and venue for the test. Once the application has been processed, the details will be sent to your registered mobile number.
Step 6: After you are successful in the test you will be provided with a driving licence as per the established procedure.
Before filling in the form, you must remember that the form is divided into six parts, and you have to provide the correct details in each. The parts of the form are as follows:
Part A: It consists of details like type of licence required, name of RTO, applicant’s name along with other details, and blood group.
Part B: Here, you have to fill in the details about the type of vehicle for which you want a driving licence.
Part C: This section lists the documents like proof of address, age and others that you have to submit.
Part D: Here, you have to sign the declaration that you have submitted the correct documents.
Part E: This section is for learner’s licence only.
Types of driving license related forms: Given below, are the types of driving license related application forms:
Form 4: This is an application form for a licence to drive a motor vehicle. Here, you must provide details regarding the type of vehicle, your particulars, whether you have held a driving licence in the past, whether you have been disqualified for obtaining a licence, whether you have been convicted while holding a driving licence and if you have undergone a driving test.
Form 2: This pertains to grant or renewal of learner’s licence.
Form 9: Called the driving licence renewal form, this form is an application for renewal of your existing driving licence.
Form LLD: This is an application for the issuance of a duplicate driving licence.
Form 1: This is an application which declares the physical fitness of the applicant.
Form 1A: This is a mandatory medical certificate which you have to submit with the application.
Form 8: This form is required if you want to add a new class of vehicle to your existing driving licence.
Form LCA: This pertains to change of address, both temporary and permanent, of the authorized licence holder.
It is imperative for every citizen of India to have a valid driving license before driving/riding any motor vehicle. With the government introducing online services through e-governance initiatives, you can now easily fill and submit the driving license online form without making a physical visit to the RTO. Along with a driving license, it is equally important to have a motor insurance policy. You can zero in on the motor insurance, available on Finserv MARKETS and avail a host of benefits. Be it car insurance or a policy for your prized two-wheeler, the comprehensive insurance policies on Finserv MARKETS will protect your vehicle against physical damage, bodily injury along with third-party liability. You can also take advantage of a pan India network of 4000+ garages, 24/7 assistance and swift claim settlement.