• Steps to apply for a learner’s license in Uttar Pradesh 

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    Citizens residing in the State of Uttar Pradesh who wish to drive their vehicle (for commercial or private purposes) need to have a valid permanent driving license. The need for a driving license in the country was introduced by the Government of India as a safety measure through the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, standardized the road rules and regulations that are followed even today. If an individual is caught driving without with a valid driving license, he/she will be penalised, and in some cases, the vehicle will be seized by the traffic police. To apply for a four wheeler driving license, the individual first needs to get a learner’s license, which is basically the first integral step in the process to legally drive in the country. The learner’s license is issued to the citizen if he/she clears the written test which quizzes him/her of the on-road rules and regulations set by the State Transport Department of Uttar Pradesh and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

    Individuals who wish to apply for a learner’s license in Uttar Pradesh can carry out the application process either online or offline – as per their convenience. For the online process, the four wheeler learner’s license candidate can download the application form, fill the required details, self-attest the form, upload it with relevant documents and even make the payment on the website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. With regard to the offline process, the whole procedure has to be carried out at the RTO in his/her jurisdiction.

    Types of learner’s licenses issued in Uttar Pradesh

    The State Transport Department of Uttar Pradesh issues private and commercial/transport learner’s licenses based on the type of vehicle the applicant wishes to be permitted to drive:

    • Learner’s license for a gearless two-wheeler.
    • Learner’s license for geared four-wheelers and two-wheelers – Light motor vehicles.
    • Learner’s license for medium and heavy goods vehicle – commercial vehicles.
    • Learner’s license for medium and heavy passenger vehicle – transport vehicles.

    Eligibility to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license in Uttar Pradesh

    To apply for a learner’s license in Uttar Pradesh, the applicant has to meet the below-listed conditions:

    • For a geared four-wheeler and two-wheeler, the applicant should not be below the age of 18 years.
    • For a commercial or transport vehicle learner’s license, the applicant should be at least 20 years old.
    • The applicant should be well-versed with on-road rules and regulations.

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

    For either the online or the offline procedure, the learner’s license applicant in Uttar Pradesh should follow the steps mentioned below:

    Online procedure

    • The candidate must visit the State Transport Department website of Uttar Pradesh - http://uptransport.co.in/
    • On the main page of the website, the applicant has to click on ‘online services’, choose ‘driving license related services’ and click on ‘new learner’s license’ from the other given options.
    • The page will be redirected to the online portal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways - Click Here
    • The applicant has to then choose the state in which he/she will be taking the learner’s license test. Choose ‘Uttar Pradesh’ from the drop-down menu.
    • He/she has to then click on ‘apply online’ on the left-hand side of the page and choose ‘new learner’s driving license’.
    • The applicant should then download the learner’s license application form and fill in the required details.
    • Once he/she has filled the details in the application form, the candidate has to self-attest the form and upload the form by clicking on the upload tab on the website.
    • The application form along with the relevant documents and recent passport-size photographs of the candidate has to be uploaded.
    • Once the candidate has uploaded all the required documents and the application form, he/she should make the payment for the application and the learner’s license test.
    • The candidate should use the application number to book a slot for the learner’s license written test.

    Offline process

    • The learner’s license candidate has to visit the Regional Transport Department in his/her jurisdiction and procure the application form for the learner’s license test.
    • The applicant should then fill in the application form, affix his/her recent passport-size photographs and self-attest the application form.
    • The application form must be submitted along with age and address proof documents for verification.
    • If the Regional Transport Officer approves the submitted application form and relevant documents, he/she will request the applicant to make the payment for the application and the test.
    • The applicant has to then book a slot for the written test.

    Documents required to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license

    The learner’s license applicant should submit the below-listed documents at the RTO in his/her jurisdiction when applying for the learner’s license test:

    • Learner’s license application form.
    • Address proof – Passport, Aadhaar card, Voter ID card, etc.
    • Age proof – Birth certificate, Aadhaar card, Passport, etc.
    • Application fee receipt.

    To pass the learner’s license test, the applicant should get majority of the questions right. If he/she clears the test, they will be issued the learner’s license. If not, the candidate can take the test again in 24 hours. To apply for the driving license test, the candidate will be required to submit the original learner’s license document. 30 days after being issued the learner’s license, the candidate will be eligible to apply for the permanent driving license.

    The learner’s license is valid for a period of 180 days or 6 months, and the application for the permanent driving license should be made during the validity period. Lastly, since the learner’s license document is essential to apply for the permanent driving license, if the learner ‘s license holder loses the document, then one will have to apply for a duplicate learner’s license. This can be done online or offline and the candidate will have to submit an FIR from the local police station to prove that he/she has indeed lost the document.

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