Procuring a driver’s licence is essential, in order to abide by road safety rules in India. A driver’s licence not only is mandatory by law but also acts as an identity proof and helps procure a motor insurance policy to secure your vehicle.
In fact, you will have to pay a hefty fine of INR 5,000 as per the New Motor Vehicle Act 2019 in case you are caught driving without a valid driving licence. So, if you do not have a driving licence yet, make sure that you are applying for it soon.
The process of digitizing a host of government services such as transport provisions is well underway. In fact, you can apply for a driver’s licence online but have to visit the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for driving tests.
If you have already applied for a driver’s licence and want an update on your application status, you can do the same online. You can either visit the specific RTO website or go to the Sarathi website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to do the same.
Go to parivahan.gov
Select the specific state where you applied for your driving licence
Upon selecting the state, you will be redirected to the main page with many options
Select ‘Driving licence’ on the left-hand side of the page, and click on ‘Apply Online’
Click on ‘Application Status’
Upon following the above step, you will need to enter your application number, followed by your date of birth
Click on submit and you will be able to view your driving licence status online
Firstly, make sure to visit your specific state’s transport website
Look for, ‘Check the status of your driving licence’, and click on it
Enter your date of birth, driver's licence number, and your state and you will find the details
On the Sarathi website, look for ‘Status of licence’ which you will find under ‘National Register (DL) queries
Choose ‘Status of licence’ and enter your date of birth, driver's licence number, and your state and click submit
The website will take you to the page where you will be able to see your driver's licence status
Once you have completed your driving test, it generally takes two weeks or more for you to receive your licence by post. It is important to know that in order to even apply for your driving licence, you need to first have a learner’s licence. Once you get the driving licence, you can drive anywhere in India, but keep in mind that the licence has an expiry date, generally, 20 years after you have received it, at which point you will be required to renew your licence. If you have applied for an international driving licence and have got it, it is applicable for use in most countries for a period of one year.
If you happen to damage or lose your driving licence, you can reapply for one online.
Make sure to have your application number ready. This will be issued to you when you apply for your driving licence. It may also be called a ‘token number’ or ‘reference number’.
Ensure that you enter the right details when submitting your date of birth, full name, and the name of the state where you applied for your licence.
You should generally wait at least two weeks before going online to check the status of your DL application as the backend process takes about this long.
You should print and save the details you see on your screen when you check the status.
It is free of cost to do the check online.
Once you get your driving licence and you are ready to go out onto the roads and start driving your vehicle, it is of utmost importance to keep safety in mind. India is a country where road accidents are unfortunately very frequent, and as such, it is imperative for the driver to make their personal safety a priority. Apart from ensuring that you yourself drive carefully, it is also essential that you consider opting for motor insurance, such as that available on Finserv MARKETS. You can easily purchase the Bajaj Allianz Motor Insurance policy for your car and/or two-wheeler and avail a whole bunch of benefits including cashless facilities, access to a pan-Indian network of over 4000+ garages, and quick claim settlements.