It is mandatory for every Indian citizen who rides or drives a vehicle to get a driving licence as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. A driving licence is basically a permit issued by the government of India that allows an individual to ride or drive around the country. In Delhi, too, it is compulsory for individuals to get a driving permit before they start driving. Read further to know more about applying for a driving licence in Delhi.
It is important to carry one’s driving licence at all times, especially while driving. Here’s why:
A person who wishes to get a driving licence has to first get a learner’s licence. Any individual aged 16 and above can apply for a learner’s licence for a vehicle with an engine capacity within 50cc without any gear. This can be done only with the consent of a parent/guardian. One month after obtaining the learner’s licence, the person can apply for driving licence.
For vehicles with an engine capacity more than 50cc, the individual is required to be at least 18 years old to apply for a driving licence. In the case of commercial vehicles, a person is required to be a minimum of 20 years old to obtain a driving licence. Any person who wants a driving licence needs to be conversant with traffic rules, driving, vehicle systems, and so on.
To apply for a driving licence in Delhi, one has to first apply for a learner’s licence. Thus, application for a driving licence is a two-step process.
Learner’s licence is a permit given to those who wish to apply for a driving licence in the near future. The learner’s licence permits the individual to drive a vehicle for a period of 6 months, provided he/she sticks the letter ‘L’ on the front and rear end of the vehicle while driving/riding. The letter should be red in colour and have a white outline. This way, there will be no issues even if the person does not have a driving licence per se at the time of driving.
After receiving the learner’s licence, the person can practice driving/riding up to 6 months. He/she is required to apply for the driving licence within these 6 months. However, the application can be submitted only after completion of the first 30 days. Within this time, the person should be adept with how the vehicle system works, the traffic rules applicable, and basic driving skills.
The fee payable for the learner’s test depends on the number of categories for which the licence is being applied. The applicable fee is as follows:
To take up a re-test, the fee will be Rs.50.
The official website of the Delhi transport department has a question bank that includes the content of the learner’s test such as traffic rules, road signs, driving regulations, etc.
If you fail the learner’s licence test, you can make another attempt to pass the test by scoring a minimum 60%.
The fee payable for the permanent driving licence is Rs.400.
Yes, the driving licence issued to the applicant is usually valid for a period of 20 years or until he/she reaches the age of 50, whichever is earlier.
No, when your licence is about to expire, you can apply for renewal of the licence. No driving test will be taken at the time of renewal unless it is applied for after a period of 5 years, in which case a fresh application will have to be made.
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