Close to 27 lakh more private vehicles began their journey on the roads of Maharashtra in 2019, thus leading to an increase in vehicular density of the state. The city of Mumbai itself saw an increase of 9.9% in the number of vehicles plying on the roads over 2018. 3.49 Crore vehicles including those for public and private transport were reported on January 1, 2019. This huge rise in vehicular statistics can be attributed to the fact that one can apply for a driving licence online in Maharashtra. The state government has taken several measures to streamline the entire process and make it more efficient for applicants. Let us take a look at how to go about applying for a driving licence in Maharashtra.
The number of valid motor driving licences in Maharashtra rose by 4.1% over 2017 and stood at 341.07 lakh towards the end of March 2018. 18.1 lakh learners’ licences were issued during the same period. Depending on the type of vehicles that you operate, driving license in Maharashtra is categorized into two types:
Transport vehicle: Those who want to drive a commercial vehicle fall into this category. This could include light motor vehicles such as jeeps, auto rickshaws, etc. or medium passenger or goods vehicles such as delivery vans, tempos and minivans used for ferrying passengers or transportation of goods. Heavy vehicles such as public transport buses and huge trucks or vans used for commercial transport of goods are also classified under this category.
Non-transport vehicle: If you are looking to drive a private vehicle, you qualify for a driving licence as per this category. It includes motor vehicles with gear as well as without gear such as mopeds and scooters and light motor vehicles such as cars, SUVs, etc.
Those applying for a two-wheeler driving licence should be above 16 years of age. The age limit to apply for a four-wheeler driving licence is 18 years of age.
An applicant who wants to drive a transport vehicle for commercial purposes should be above 20 years of age.
All applicants, whether they wish to drive a two-wheeler or four-wheeler for personal or commercial purposes, should have a valid learners licence before they apply for a driving licence.
Remember to apply for your permanent driving licence 30 days after your learners licence is issued and make sure you complete the application process of your driving licence online in Maharashtra within 6 months from the time you receive your learners licence.
You can visit the nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO) and collect the application form for a new driving licence as per the vehicle you intend to drive and submit it along with the requisite documents. The other option is the easier and convenient process for a driving licence online application in Maharashtra. Here is how to go about it:
Log on to https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice2/stateSelection.do and select Maharashtra as your state in the drop down menu
Now choose ‘new driving licence’ from the apply online column on the left that will direct you to a new page. Fill in your learners licence details and other personal details in form number 4
Upload supporting documents, photo and signature
Book your driving licence test slot online and pay the fees
Whether you are filling your driving licence online application in Maharashtra or going through the offline mode, you will need the following documents in place:
Proof of age (birth certificate, voter ID card, school leaving certificate, PAN card or passport)
Proof of address (Copy of passport, life insurance policy, ration card, electricity or telephone bill or pay slips issued by the state or central government in order to verify the current residential address
Original learner’s licence
Apart from the above, you need to fill application form no.4 and attach 3 passport size photographs along with it.
Those applying for a commercial vehicle driving licence require a certificate issued from a driving school as well.
If you are taking your own vehicle such as a car for the driving test, remember to carry documents related to car insurance, vehicle registration certificate etc.
Once you clear the driving test, you will receive your driving licence by post on your registered address and can start driving your car or two-wheeler.
The fees for obtaining a driver’s licence in Maharashtra are as follows:
Application Fees (Computerized Chip Licence)
In order to renew your driving licence in Maharashtra, you are required to follow these steps:
Collect the driving licence renewal form, Form 9, from the RTO, by paying them a visit in person
Fill in the form details, furnish any supplemental documentation like Form 1 (your physical fitness declaration), 3 passport size photographs and medical certificate (if necessary) and submit your complete application
Pay an application fee (Rs. 416) and pick up a receipt of the same
Your renewed licence will be sent to your registered address.
It is important to note that licences which have lapsed over 5 years back are not eligible for renewal. Also, ineligible are those individuals who have been previously banned from driving.
Conditions under which a duplicate driving licence can be issued in Maharashtra:
Damage or mutilation
Damage to one’s Smart Card Driver’s Licence Chip
You should submit the following documents when applying for a duplicate driving licence in Maharashtra:
Copy of FIR (First Information Report)
Application Form for obtaining duplicate driving licence (LLD)
Passport Sized Photos
Driving Licence (Original)
No Objection Certificate (Your NOC should be issued by the RTO which issued your initial Driver’s Licence)
Visit the RTO in person and submit your application form and relevant documentation (including your NOC)
Your application and documentation will undergo verification from the RTO in question
You will then be issued your new Driver’s Licence
You can obtain an international driver’s licence in Maharashtra:
You are over 18 years old
You already hold a valid driver’s licence
You have not had your licence revoked or barred
Procedure to apply for an international driver’s licence in Maharashtra:
Pay a visit to the RTO in person. Submit your application form.
Submit all relevant supporting documents such as passport, visa, Indian licence, medical certificate
Once your application details and supplemental materials have been verified, your international driver’s licence will be mailed to your registered address.
Possessing a valid driver’s licence understanding road safety guidelines is crucial, given the alarming statistics. Close to 36,000 people died in road accidents in Maharashtra in 2018 despite road safety measures being taken by the state government.
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