• Steps to apply for a four wheeler driving license in Delhi

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    In order to drive a car on the roads in Delhi and across the country, having a valid driving license is imperative. Not only is it mandatory as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, but also required in order to get a motor insurance policy, which is also mandatory as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, for a vehicle to ply on the roads in India. In addition, in order to raise a motor insurance claim following an accident, the vehicle owner has to submit his/her driving license details. Failure to do so, and he/she will be penalised.

    For those residing in the capital of India, Delhi, they have the option of applying for a driving license either online or at the Regional Transport Office (the offline method). To be eligible to apply for a permanent driving license, the applicant should have already cleared the written learner’s test. 30 days following the issuance of the learner’s license, the candidate can apply for the driving test, and he/she should clear the practical driving test within 6 months from the issuance of the learner’s license.

    Types of driving licenses issued in Delhi

    For both the online and the offline process of applying for a driving license in Delhi, the applicant has to choose the vehicle class he/she wishes to drive. Listed below are the vehicle categories applicants can choose from:

    • Applicants have the choice of choosing the non-geared two-wheeler driving license.
    • If he/she wishes to ride a two-wheeler with gears or for-wheeler, he/she has to choose this vehicle class - motorcycle with gears.
    • Applicants that wish to drive a sedan or a hatchback, can opt for the Light Motor Vehicle category.
    • Applicants that wish to have a driving license for commercial or transport purposes, they can opt for the vehicle class under the transport vehicle category. This is for those who wish to drive a cab, truck, bus, tractor and so on, for commercial purposes.
    • Those who wish to operate a road roller, will have to apply for a driving license that permits the individual to use this vehicle class.

    Eligibility criteria to apply for a four wheeler driving license in Delhi

    Based on the age and certain other factors, the driving license applicant has to meet the below-listed eligibility criteria:

    • For a geared and light motor vehicle, the applicant has to be a minimum of 18 years old.
    • In order to be eligible for the practical driving test, the candidate should first pass the learner’s license test. Only after 30 days from the date of issuance of the learner’s license can the candidate apply for the four wheeler driving license. The driving test has to be taken within the validity period of the learner’s license, which is 6 months.

    Steps to apply for a driving license in Delhi

    Driving license applicants residing in Delhi have to follow the steps mentioned below for both the online and the offline process:

    Online process:

    • Visit the Delhi Government service website - www.delhi.gov.in.
    • On the main page, click on ‘driving license’ under the transport category.
    • The page will be redirected to the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
    • Choose the city that you are residing in. In this case, Delhi.
    • Now, click on ‘apply online’.
    • Choose ‘new driving license’ from the other options displayed on the screen.
    • Now, download Form 4 (application form for a driving license) and fill all the details.
    • Attest Form 4 and upload it on the website along with your passport-size photo.
    • Next, using the application number, book a slot for the driving test in Delhi. The slot can be booked based on the availability and your convenience.
    • The applicant has to then pay the fees for the four wheeler driving license application.
    • Visit the RTO on the day of the driving test with all the relevant forms and documents, submit it to the inspection officer and take the driving test.

    Offline process:

    • Visit the Regional Transport Office in your jurisdiction.
    • At the RTO, procure Form 4 for the driving test application and Form 1(a) as proof of medical fitness.
    • Submit all the forms and relevant documents.
    • The RTO officer will then allot a slot for the driving test and collect the fees for the application.
    • Visit the RTO on the day of the driving test and re-submit all the documents including the original learner’s license document. Take the practical driving test.

    If the driving license applicant clears the driving test, he/she will have to submit his/her biometrics. The driving license will then be issued to the home address of the individual.

    Documents required to apply for a driving test in Delhi

    Driving applicants taking the test in Delhi will have to submit the below-listed documents:

    • Proof of address - Passport, Aadhaar card, Voter ID card, etc.
    • Proof of age and identity - Birth certificate, Voter ID card, Passport, etc.
    • Form 4 - application form for the driving license.
    • Application fees for the driving test - Rs.400.
    • In the case of driving license for transport vehicles, the applicant will have to submit Form 5, Form 14, and Form 15.
    • Learner’s license.
    • Form 1(a) - to prove medical fitness.

    If the four wheeler driving license applicant in Delhi fails the driving test, he/she can apply for the practical driving test again after a week or 7 working days. Following the test, the driving license applicant can check the status of his/her driving license on the website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The applicant can check the status of his/her driving license using the application number or the token number in the case of the offline process. Lastly, when taking the practical driving test in Delhi, the applicant has to ensure that he/she follows the traffic rules and regulations as set by the Delhi Transport Department. For example, even before starting the car, the candidate should ensure that he/she puts on the seatbelt and adjusts the rear view mirrors.

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