• Steps to Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

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    Any individual who wishes to apply for a permanent four wheeler driving licence will have to apply for a learner’s licence and pass the learner’s licence test. Residents of Tamil Nadu can apply for a learner’s licence through the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Sarathi) or through the Tamil Nadu Transport Department’s website.

    It is mandatory to have a four wheeler learner’s licence since it keeps you from being penalised when learning how to operate a vehicle/car. In India, any individual who wishes to learn how to ride or drive a vehicle is required to have a learner’s licence, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. You will only be able to apply for a permanent driving licence, which is a legal requirement for those who wish to drive vehicles in public places, if you have a learner’s licence.

    Types of Learner’s Licences Issued in Tamil Nadu

    You can apply for a learner’s licence to ride or drive any of the following categories of vehicles:

    • Gearless two-wheelers with an engine capacity under 50cc
    • Two-wheelers with a gearbox and an engine capacity over 50cc
    • Light motor vehicles
    • Transport vehicles

    Eligibility Criteria to Apply for a four wheeeler Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

    • The applicant should be a minimum of 16 years to apply for a learner’s licence to ride a motorcycle with an engine capacity under 50cc.
    • The applicant should be at least 18 years to apply for a learner’s licence to ride a motorcycle with an engine capacity over 50cc or drive a light motor vehicle.
    • To apply for a transport vehicle learner’s licence, the applicant is required to be over the age of 20 years.

    Steps to Apply for a four wheeler Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

    Residents of Tamil Nadu who wish to apply for a learner’s licence online will have to do as follows:

    • You will have to visit the Tamil Nadu Transport Department’s official website (www.tnsta.gov.in).
    • Click on ‘Learner’s Licence Online Application’, which you will find under ‘e-Services’.
    • On the next webpage, you will have to choose if you want to apply for a learner’s licence through the website of the Tamil Nadu Transport Department or through the Sarathi website.
    • If you want to apply through the transport department’s website, you will need to click on ‘Learner’s Licence Online Application’, which you will find under ‘Learner’s Licence’.
    • Upon clicking this, you will be redirected to a webpage with the online application form. Here, you will need to key in the required details and mention the date of appointment as per the availability.
    • You can also opt to apply for a learner’s licence through the Sarathi website by clicking on ‘Apply Learner Licence in Sarathi version-4'.
    • Once you are on the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Sarathi), you will need to choose the state that you reside in.
    • Next, click on ‘Apply Online’ and then click on ‘New Learner’s Licence’.
    • You will then have to fill up the online application form, upload the required documents, and upload your photograph and signature.
    • Post this, you will be able to book a slot for the learner’s licence test and pay the applicable fee.
    • After completing the above-mentioned steps, you will need to be present at the RTO on the scheduled date for the test.

    Documents Required to Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

    An individual who wants to apply for a four wheeler learner’s licence will have to submit the following documents:

    • Form 1
    • Form 2
    • Form 3
    • Form 14 (if applicable)
    • Address proof
    • Age proof
    • Passport-size photographs

    You can start learning how to drive motorised vehicles once you receive a learner’s licence from the RTO. Keep in mind that the learner’s licence is valid for a period of 6 months. You will need to apply for a permanent driving licence within this period. You can apply for a permanent driving licence one month after the issuance of your learner’s licence.

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