• Steps to apply for a learner’s licence in Assam

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    As a safety norm, the Government of India rolled out the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Act brought about several road rules and regulations for vehicle owners in the country to follow, one of them being that vehicle owners need to have a valid permanent four wheeler driving license to be eligible to drive a car. Once issued by the Regional Transport Office in the jurisdiction of the vehicle owner, the driving license is valid for a period of 20 years or till the vehicle owner reaches the age of 50 years. In order to apply for the permanent driving license, vehicle owners first need to take the learner’s license test. If the vehicle owner clears the written test on the road rules and regulations, he/she will be handed the learner’s license. 30 days after the issuance of the learner’s license, the vehicle owner is eligible to apply for the permanent driving license.

    Vehicle owners in Assam can apply for the leaner’s license at the RTO in their jurisdiction either online or offline. The online process can be carried out on the website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, whereas, with the offline process, the vehicle owner needs to visit the RTO in his/her jurisdiction and carry out the entire process there.

    Types of learner’s licenses issued in Assam

    The State Transport Department of Assam issues several types of learner’s licenses, depending on the type of the vehicle the applicant wishes to be permitted to drive:

    • Learner’s license for a two-wheeler with an engine capacity less than 50cc.
    • Learner’s license for a gearless two-wheeler.
    • Learners’ license for a geared two-wheeler and four-wheeler or a light motor vehicle.
    • Learner’s license for a medium or heavy passenger vehicle – transport vehicles.
    • Learner’s license for a medium or heavy goods vehicle – passenger vehicles.

    Eligibility criteria to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license in Assam

    Vehicle owners applying for a learner’s license in the state of Assam need to meet the below-listed conditions:

    • For any private geared vehicle (four-wheeler), the learner’s license applicant should be at least 18 years old.
    • If the individual is applying for a commercial learner’s license, he/she should be at least 20 years old.
    • The applicant should have enough knowledge of the on-road rules and regulations as set by the state and the Government of India.

    Steps to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license in Assam

    As already mentioned, vehicle owners in the state of Assam have the choice of making the learner’s license application either online or offline. Listed below are the steps the candidate needs to take for both the offline process (at the RTO) and the online process (on the website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways):

    Online process

    • The learner’s license applicant should visit the State Transport Department of Assam website - https://transport.assam.gov.in/portlets/apply-online-for-driving-license
    • On the main page of the website, the applicant should click on ‘apply for a driving license’.
    • The page will be redirected, the applicant has to then click on ‘apply for a learner’s license’.
    • The page will be redirected to the online portal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
    • The applicant has to the select the state he/she will be taking the test. In this case, choose ‘Assam’ from the drop-down menu.
    • Click on ‘apply now’ and choose ‘new learner’s license.
    • The candidate has to download the application form for the learner’s license.
    • He/she has to then fill the application form and self-attest the form.
    • The application form along with relevant documents and passport-size photographs of the applicant has to be uploaded on the website.
    • Once the application form and documents have been uploaded, the candidate has to use the application number to book the slot for the written test for the learner’s license.
    • The candidate should then make the payment for the application and the learner’s license test on the online portal. Once the payment has been made, the learner’s license applicant in Assam can check the pay status on the website.

    On the day of the learner’s license written test, the applicant should submit the application receipt to the Regional Transport Officer and then take the test.

    Offline process

    • The vehicle owner has to visit the Regional Transport Office in his/her jurisdiction.
    • At the RTO, the candidate for the learner’s license needs to procure the application form, fill it and self-attest the form.
    • Along with filled application form, the candidate has to submit relevant documents proving his/her age, identity and address. The passport-size photograph of the candidate has to be affixed on the application form.
    • The submitted application form and documents will be verified by the Regional Transport Officer. If found legitimate, the candidate will be requested to make the payment for the leaner’s license application as well as the test.
    • The candidate has to then choose a day and time slot he/she wishes to take the written test.

    If the candidate clears the test, the learner’s license will be issued in a few days.

    Documents required to apply for a four wheeler leaner’s license in Assam

    Vehicle owners in Assam will be required to submit the below-listed documents when applying for the learner’s license test:

    • Learner’s license application form – Form 2.
    • Proof of age – Birth Certificate, Passport, Aadhaar card, Voter ID card, etc.
    • Proof of address – Aadhaar card, Passport, Voter ID card, Ration card, etc.
    • Passport-size photographs.
    • Application fee receipt.

    Once issued the learner’s license, the candidate will have to apply for the permanent driving license within 6 months. That said, the application for the driving license can be made only 30 days from the day of issuance of the learner’s license. When applying for the driving license, the candidate will have to submit the original learner’s license documents. If in case the candidate loses his/her learner’s license, he/she can apply for a duplicate driving license. For the duplicate driving license, the learner’s license holder will have to file an FIR at the local police station. The FIR has to be submitted when making the application for the duplicate learner’s license, either online or offline.

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