• Steps to apply for a Four Wheeler learner’s licence in Gujarat 

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    To be able to drive a car in any state in India, it is mandatory by law to hold a four wheeler driving licence. Anybody found driving a car without a valid licence will be fined heavily or imprisoned too. Driving licences, in India, are issued by the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). Each district of a state, in most cases, has an RTO where one can apply for a driving licence.

    Applying for a driving licence is a two-step process. First, one must apply for a learner’s licence and then apply for the driving licence after completion of a period of at least 1 month. The validity of a learner’s licence is 6 months. A permanent driving licence, on the other hand, is valid for 20 years or until the licence holder reaches the age of 50 years.

    Types of learner’s license issued in Gujarat

    The RTOs in the state of Gujarat offer learner’s licences based on the vehicle he/she wishes to ride or drive. Here are a few classes of vehicles for which the RTOs offer learner’s licences:

    • Light motor vehicle: This includes vehicles such as cars, bikes with gear, auto rickshaws and jeeps.
    • Motorcycle without gear: Scooters and mopeds that do not have gears fall under this category.
    • Medium passenger vehicle: Vehicles used to transport passengers such as mini vans or tempos are included in this category.
    • Medium goods vehicle: Vehicles used to transport cargo such as trucks and tempos come under this category.
    • Heavy passenger vehicle: This includes the comparatively larger vehicles such as vans and buses that can be used to carry passengers.
    • Heavy goods vehicle: Vehicles used to transport goods such as trucks and vans are classified under this category.

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

    The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has laid down certain guidelines with regard to the minimum age requirement of individuals.

    • Motorcycles with gear/Light motor vehicles: Individuals applying for this category of vehicles should be at least 18 years old.
    • Transport vehicles: Those who wish to get a licence to drive transport vehicles, should be minimum 20 years old and should have held a licence for an LMV for a period of 1 year at least.

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

    Individuals residing in Gujarat can choose to apply for the learner’s licence online or offline. The procedures are given below.

    Learner’s license offline process:

    • Visit any RTO in Gujarat.
    • Request for an application form.
    • Fill up the application and submit it along with the necessary fee.
    • Ensure you submit the relevant documents along with the application form.
    • Pick a slot for the preliminary licence test and pay the fee for the same.
    • Appear for the test on the scheduled date.
    • Once you clear the test, you will be given the learner’s licence. If you don’t clear the test, you can always reappear for it.

    Learner’s license online process:

    • Visit the parivahan website (https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/en).
    • Under the option ‘Online Services’ visible on top, click on ‘Driving Licence Related Services’.
    • On the redirected page, select ‘Gujarat’ from the drop-down menu.
    • Click on ‘Apply Online’ and then click on ‘New Learner’s Licence’.
    • Read the instructions and click on ‘Continue’.
    • Fill in all the necessary details.
    • In the next step, upload all the relevant documents as requested.
    • Make sure you upload your recent photograph and signature too.
    • Pick a slot for the preliminary licence test.
    • Pay the applicable fee.
    • Appear for the test as per the slot chosen.
    • Once you clear the test, you will be given the learner’s licence. You can always retake the test if you don’t clear it.

    Documents required to apply for a learner’s license in Gujarat

    Given below is a list of documents to be submitted at the time of application for four wheeler learner’s licence:

    • Application Form 2
    • Address proof documents
    • Age proof documents
    • Recent passport-size photographs
    • Medical certificate Form CMV 1 and 1A in case of transport vehicles

    So, if you’re planning to apply for a learner’s licence in Gujarat, simply follow the steps explained above. Once you receive the licence, you can learn how to drive, practice well, and then apply for the permanent driving licence. You will be required to clear a practical driving test to get a permanent driving licence.

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