A Driving License is an official document certifying that the holder is suitably qualified to drive a motor vehicle or vehicles. Under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (External website that opens in a new window) in India, no person can drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds a valid Driving License issued to him, authorizing him to drive a vehicle of that particular category.
In India, two kinds of Driving Licenses are issued: Learner’s License and Permanent License. Learner’s License is valid only for six months. Permanent License can be availed only after the expiry of one month from the date of issuance of the Learner’s License.
A Learner’s License is essential for obtaining a Permanent License. The eligibility for obtaining a Learner’s License for a private motor vehicle for a vehicle of 50 CC engine capacity and without any gear, is 16 years (if the applicant’s parents or guardians give their consent). The minimum age to apply for a permanent license to drive a private motor vehicle is 18 years.
A person who is at least 20 years old and possesses a Learner’s License can obtain a License for driving a commercial vehicle. Also, one has to be conversant with the traffic rules and regulations in all the cases.
The documents required for applying online for Learners driving license are as below,
- Three passport size photograph
- Digital copy of a passport photo
- Digital/Scanned copy of a signature ( You can sign on black paper, take photo and crop image to only sign)
- Residential Proof ( Aadhar card OR Electricity Bill OR BSNL Bill OR Passport )
- PAN Card ( if available ) or Election Photo Identity
To obtain a Learners License in India, you can apply online by visting https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice portal.
After visiting above portal, you will be asked to select the state where you resident and want to apply for the driving license.
“Please select the State from where the service is to be taken” -> “YOUR STATE”
Once you select your state, you will be automatically redirected to new web page which is currently at https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice8/sarathiHomePublic.do
On the newly opened web page, from Left Panel ( Menu ), select “Apply Online” -> “New Learners License”
This will redirect you to new webpage https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice8/newLLDet.do which describes the steps to apply for license as,
1. Fill Applicant Details
2. Upload Documents
3. Upload Photo and Signature
4. LL Test Slot Booking
5. Payment of Fee
On this page, click “Continue” which will open a new page https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice8/newLL_displayNewLL.do like below,
On this page now, click “Submit” and you will be redirected to new webpage https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice8/newLL_execute.do like below,
On this page, select your State and then select your corresponding RTO Office from “Select State and RTO office from where LL is being applied” section.
Fill the name, address, contact number and then select “Class of Vehicle” for which you want to apply for learning license. Once you click on Submit, you will receive an SMS on the mobile mentioned with your Application Number, and you will be redirected to Acknowledgement like below,
Once, you click “Next” in Acknowledgement Page, you will be redirected to “Application Stage” page https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice8/applViewStages.do which lists the completed step and remaining steps as,
On this page, now click “Upload Documents” tab and click “Proceed” and you will be redirected to another page “Upload Document page” on this, click “OK” and you will be redirected to new page like https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice8/upload_execute.do
On this page, you will need to upload scanned / photo copy of ,
1. Age Proof ( Any of following )