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Following the amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, in order to legally drive in the country, all vehicle owners need to have a valid driving license. Only once the vehicle owner has been registered in the RTO in his/her jurisdiction and issued a license - learner’s license or permanent four wheeler driving license - can he/she drive. Along with the registration certificate, the insurance document of the vehicle/car (third-party insurance or comprehensive insurance) and the pollution under control (PUC) certificate, the vehicle owner has to carry the driving license at all times. If the vehicle owner meets with an accident or is pulled over by the traffic police, he/she will need to hand over his/her driving license, or the vehicle owner will be penalised and depending on the severity of the situation, could also be jailed.
Once issued a learner’s driving license, vehicle owners in Mumbai have to apply for the permanent driving license. This can be done either at the RTO that issued the learner’s license or via the Maharashtra Department of Motor Vehicle website and the online portal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. To take the driving license test, the applicant has to be well prepared with regard to his/her skills in controlling the vehicle and knowledge of the road signals and rules and regulations.
The State Transport Department of Maharashtra issued driving licenses in Mumbai depending on the type of vehicle that the applicant wishes to drive:
To apply for a permanent driving license in Mumbai, candidates have to meet the below-listed requirements:
Only 30 days after being issued the learner’s license can the candidate apply for the permanent driving license.
To apply for the permanent driving license online or offline, the applicant has to follow the steps mentioned below:
The driving license candidate will have to submit the below-listed documents at the RTO:
Following the driving license test, the applicant can visit the online portal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to check the status of his/her driving license. This can be done using either the application number or the learner’s license number of the candidate. If the candidate clears the test, the driving license will be posted to the home address of the candidate.
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