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Driving License in West Bengal

As in the rest of India, a driving licence is a mandatory requirement for driving on the roads of West Bengal. If you are not carrying a driving licence while driving, you may be fined and your vehicle could also be taken away. Driving laws are more stringent today than ever before and in such an environment, it is even more important to possess your driving licence while on the streets. Here’s everything you need to know about applying for a driving licence in West Bengal.

Types of Driving licence

In West Bengal, driving licences can be of three types. Read on to learn what these types are.

  1. For motorcycles without gear:

    This is the driving licence granted to individuals driving vehicles including scooters and mopeds.

  2. For light motor vehicles:

    This is the type of driving licence issued to individuals driving vehicles such as cars, and two wheelers including motorbikes and scooters which have gears.

  3. For transport vehicles:

    This is the type of driving licence issued to individuals driving vehicles for transportation such as trucks, lorries, jeeps, etc.

Eligibility Criteria and Documents Required to Apply for Driving licence in West Bengal

The eligibility criteria for obtaining a driving licence in West Bengal involves the individual fulfilling certain parameters. Read on to learn more about these.

  • The applicant for driving licence for a motorcycle without gears and an engine capacity below 50cc must be at least 16 years old

  • The applicant for a driving licence for light motor vehicles must be at least 18 years old

  • An applicant must be aged at least 20 years in order to apply for a commercial vehicle licence

  • All applicants must first have obtained a learner's license before you apply for a permanent driving licence in West Bengal

  • A permanent driving licence in West Bengal can only be applied for after 30 days and within 120 days from the date the learner’s licence is issued

  • Applicants must be aware of all traffic rules and regulations

Documents required to apply for driving licence in West Bengal include the following:

  • Proof of Age: These can include any from among the birth certificate, educational certificate, PAN Card, passport or even a certificate from an employer

  • Proof of Address: These can include any document from among the Aadhaar card, voter’s ID, ration card, passport, utility bills, rent agreement or the life insurance policy bond

Other Requisite Documents:

  • Passport size photographs
  • Application Form 4 and even 5, if you are applying for a commercial driving licence
  • Rs. 200, which is the application fee for obtaining a driving licence in West Bengal
  • Physical fitness forms 1 and 1A, along with a medical certificate

 

Procedure for Obtaining a Driving licence in West Bengal

You can apply for a driving licence in West Bengal both through online and offline means. Read on to learn more about both.

Offline Procedure:

  • Visit the nearest RTO and procure the appropriate forms. While Form 4 is for personal vehicles, Form 5 must be procured for driving commercial vehicles
  • Fill in the application, self-attest the form and submit it along with the relevant documents
  • Once the documents have been verified and the fees collected, the authority will allocate a date for the driving test upon which you have to appear with pending documents and the vehicle-related documents such as certificates for pollution control, registration and the insurance documents
  • Waste no time in getting insurance for the vehicle as it is a mandatory requirement for driving on Indian roads. Buy motor insurance, available on Finserv MARKETS, and avail a host of benefits including coverage for drivers and coverage from man-made and natural disasters at a nominal rate

Online Procedure:

  • Visit the website for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, where you can enter the language of your preference and choose the appropriate state

  • From the drop-down menu, click on ‘Online Services’ and then ‘New Driving licence’

  • Enter the number for your learner’s licence, date of birth and download the application form which has to be filled in and then self-attested

  • Once the form is duly filled in and signed, upload it along with the relevant documents and passport size pictures and book a slot for the driving test

  • Pay the application fees, print receipt and ensure you carry it along on the day of your driving test

Within 30 days of you passing the physical test, the driving licence will be mailed to your home address by the RTO.

Fees for Getting a Driving licence in West Bengal

There are several fees and charges that are applicable when you apply for a driving licence in West Bengal. Read about them below.

Type of Fees/Charges

Amount

Learner’s licence

INR 30

Driving Test

INR 50

Driving licence

INR 200

Service Fees

INR 20

Driving licence Renewal

INR 250

International Driving Permit

INR 4050

Driving licence renewal West Bengal only has to be done 20 years after the initial licence is issued, and can only be issued to persons who are 50 years old or lesser. The application for driving licence renewal West Bengal has to be done within 30 days of the licence expiring.Driving Licence Renewal West Bengal.

The driving licence renewal West Bengal can be done both online and offline. If the applicant chooses to submit their documents offline, they can have their licence issued on the same day. If the application for renewal is made after the grace period of 30 days, the applicant will be required to pay an additional fee of Rs. 1000.

To have their licence renewed, applicants must submit Form 9, original driving license along with the related documents indicating proof of identity, address and medical fitness certificates.

Obtaining a Duplicate Driving Licence in West Bengal

A duplicate driving licence can emerge as a requirement at times when the original license is misplaced or even stolen. The application for the duplicate driving licence has to be made within 6 months of the original being lost. At the time of applying for a duplicate driving licence, the applicant must submit an affidavit stating the reason why the duplicate licence is being sought and also promising that if the original licence is found it will be returned to the RTO.

Applying for an International Driving licence in West Bengal

With an international driving licence, you can freely drive anywhere in the world. It is possible to apply for an international driving license while residing in West Bengal. The application can be made either at the RTO or by downloading the form through the state government website. Along with proof of identity and residence, the applicant must also submit copies of their passport, visa, air ticket, driving license along with the application fee.

Offices to visit for obtaining a driving licence in West Bengal

  • Alipore RTO

25, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700027

  • Barsat RTO,

Barasat, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700124

  • Public Vehicles Department,

38, Beltala Road, Garcha, Bellygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700020

  • Road Transport Corporation,

Entally, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700014

  • Road Transport Corporation,

17, Tarachand Dutta Street, Burrabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700073

  • Sub Divisional Officer’s Office RTO,

SN Banerjee Rd, Cantonment, Barrackpore, West Bengal 700120

  • Motor Vehicles Department, RTO Salt Lake,

CM Block, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091

FAQs

1. What is the fee I would have to pay to undergo a driving licence test in West Bengal?

You would have to pay Rs. 50 to undergo a driving licence test in West Bengal.

2. In addition to a driving licence, what other documents should I keep handy before hitting the road?

In addition to a driving licence, you would need to procure and keep handy your vehicle registration certificate, PUC certificate, and insurance policy. You can obtain a comprehensive motor insurance policy on Finserv MARKETS.

When you apply for a driving licence in West Bengal, it can be issued to you within a minimal time period and with the utmost convenience. Along with your driving licence, make sure to apply for a motor insurance alongside on Finserv MARKETS, to have access to 24x7 roadside assistance for cars, with financial protection from third party liabilities as well as man-made and natural disasters. You can also avail of benefits like swift claim settlements and easy policy renewal across India.

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