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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.
The different types of learning licences available in the state are:
The government has set certain rules regarding who can apply for a learner’s licence. The eligibility requirements are:
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:
Learner’s license online process:
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.
Here is a list of necessary documents that need to be submitted to apply for a learner’s licence:
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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