• Steps to apply for a four wheeler learnerning licence in West Bengal

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    An individual who plans to drive a car is required to hold a four wheeler driving licence issued by the government. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has made it mandatory for anyone using a vehicle to carry a driving licence. The licence is a government authorised document that proves that an individual has undergone the necessary training and tests to get the driving licence.

    In West Bengal, the driving licences are issued by Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) located in each district of the state. To get a driving licence, one must first apply for a learning licence. The driving licence will be issued only after he/she has completed at least one month of the learning licence period. The details regarding learning licences issued in West Bengal are given below.

    Types of learner’s license issued in?West Bengal

    The different types of learning licences available in the state are:

    • Bikes with gear: Gearless bikes such as mopeds and scooters are included in this category.
    • Light motor vehicle: Motorcycles with gear, as well as cars, belong to this category of vehicles.
    • Transport vehicles: Vehicles such as trucks and vans used for commercial purposes fall under this category.

    Eligibility criteria to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license in?West Bengal

    The government has set certain rules regarding who can apply for a learner’s licence. The eligibility requirements are:

    • Engine capacity equal to or more than 50cc: A person has to be at least 18 years old to apply for a learning licence for vehicles with an engine capacity more than 50cc.
    • Transport vehicles: Applicants who wish to drive transport vehicles should have held a permanent driving licence for at least 1 year and should be minimum 20 years of age at the time of application for a licence for transport vehicles.

    Steps to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license in?West Bengal

    People residing in West Bengal can apply for a learner’s licence online or offline. The procedures for both these methods are explained below:

    Learner’s license offline process:

    • Go to the RTO closest to you.
    • Ask for Application Form 2 to apply for the learner’s application.
    • Fill in all the details in the form.
    • Submit the form along with copies of all relevant documents.
    • Pay the applicable fee at the counter.
    • Choose a convenient time slot to appear for the learner’s licence test.
    • Pay the fee for the test.
    • Appear for the learner’s licence test.

    Learner’s license online process:

    • Visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways: https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/.
    • Find ‘Online Services’ on the home page and hover your mouse over it.
    • From the dropdown menu visible, click on ‘Driving Licence Related services’.
    • On the redirected page, select ‘West Bengal’ from the set of options from the dropdown menu.
    • Next, under ‘Apply Online’ click on ‘Learner’s Licence’.
    • On the next page, read the instructions provided and click on ‘Continue’.
    • Fill in the application form with all the relevant details. Click on ‘Submit’.
    • Upload scanned images of documents requested.
    • Upload soft copies of your signature and photograph too.
    • Pick a slot for the learner’s licence test.
    • Pay the fee for application as well as the learner’s licence test.
    • Visit the RTO on the day of the test.

    An online test will be conducted in the RTO to test the applicant’s knowledge of traffic rules, road signs, driver’s responsibilities and so on. The learner’s licence will be issued only after an individual passes this online test. If a person does not clear it the first time, he/she can apply for it again by paying the retest fee.

    Documents required to apply for a four wheeler learner’s license in?West Bengal

    Here is a list of necessary documents that need to be submitted to apply for a learner’s licence:

    • Proof of age
    • Proof of address
    • Medical certificate in Form 1 and Form 1 A
    • Passport-size photographs

    The learner’s licence is typically sent to the applicant’s registered address. The licence is valid for a period of 6 months, during which time he/she can learn how to use the vehicle. Once he/she is confident of driving, he/she can apply for the permanent four wheeler driving licence. The permanent driving licence will be issued after the person clears the practical driving test. The permanent driving test is valid for a period of 20 years or until the licence holder turns 50 years of age, whichever occurs earlier.

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