Following the amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, by the Government of India and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, it is compulsory for all car owners in the country to have a valid four wheeler driving license. Once issued by the RTO, the driving license holder is allowed to drive anywhere in the country and along with an International Driving Permit (IDP), the driving license holder can drive in certain other countries as well.
In order to apply for a driving license, the applicant has to first clear the written test for a learner’s driving license. Once he/she has been issued the learner’s driving license, he/she can apply for the permanent driving license after 30 days from the date of issuance of the learner’s license and within 6 months from the date of issuance of the learner’s license, which is the validity of the learner’s license. For those residing in the state of Maharashtra, they have the privilege of making the application for a driving license either online or offline (at the RTO).
When applying for a driving license, the applicant has to choose the vehicle class he/she wishes to drive as well as the purpose of the driving license - whether it will be for commercial purposes or private. Listed below are the vehicle categories under transport/commercial vehicles:
This type of driving license is for commercial purposes and for those who wish to drive an auto rickshaw, jeep, cab, delivery van, etc.
This is for those who wish to have a commercial driving license to drive a tempo, minivan, etc., to transport people.
The license is for those who wish to have a commercial driving license to allow them to drive goods carrying vehicles such as delivery trucks, vans, etc.
The license is for those who wish to have a commercial/transport driving license to drive a bus.
This is for those who wish to get a commercial driving license to transport goods using a lorry, truck, heavy goods vehicle, etc.
This is for those who wish to avail a private driving license. Non-transport vehicles have categories as well, as listed below:
For those who wish to drive a geared vehicle, be it a two-wheeler or four-wheeler, they will have to opt for this vehicle class.
For vehicle owners that prefer vehicles with an automatic transmission, they can opt for this vehicle class.
For those who wish to drive a hatchback, sedan, etc., they can opt for this vehicle class when applying for their driving license.
Listed below are the conditions to apply for a driving license in Maharashtra:
Applicants for a driving license in Maharashtra can choose to carry out the process either online or offline. Listed-below are the steps to apply for a car driving license online in Maharashtra:
If you clear the practical driving test, then the driving license will be sent to your home address within 30 days. You can check the status of your driving license online using your application number.
Listed below are the documents that the applicant will have to submit at the RTO in Maharashtra:
Only if all the documents of the vehicle are legitimate will the applicant for the driving license be able to take the test. In addition, in order to clear the test, he/she will have to follow all the road rules and regulations as well as wear a seatbelt and adjust the rear view mirrors even before turning on the ignition of the car.
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