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    A driving licence is a document of proof that the owner has undergone the necessary training and tests to be able to drive on Indian roads. The Indian government has made it mandatory for any individual who wishes to ride or drive a vehicle to obtain a driving licence as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The driving permit is issued by the government through the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The ministry has set up several Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) throughout the country. The RTOs issue individual driving licences.

    Importance of driving licence in Karnataka

    It is extremely important for every rider and driver to apply and carry his/her driving licence whenever he/she is riding/driving a vehicle. Given below are some of the reasons why the driving licence should be carried:

    • Avoid punishment: Since it is mandatory to carry one’s driving licence while riding or driving, the traffic police will either fine or imprison a person for not obtaining a driving licence before driving. There are fines for both, not carrying the driving licence as well as not having a driving licence at all. Therefore, it is best to carry the driving licence at all times to avoid being punished by traffic police.
    • Helps identify the person: In case of a crime or an accident, it will be easy to identify the person with the help of the driving licence. Relatives can be informed immediately in such cases. Additionally, the driving licence acts as a valid proof of identity that can be used for KYC procedures.
    • Authorises the owner as a licenced driver: The driving licence identifies the person as a licenced driver who has taken the necessary training and tests to receive the permit as mandated by the government.

    Eligibility for driving licence in Karnataka

    The eligibility requirements laid down by the government for obtaining a driving licence are as follows:

    • The individual should be at least 16 years of age to apply for a driving licence for a vehicle with an engine capacity equal to or less than 50cc. The parent/guardian is required to give consent in this case.
    • A person who has completed 18 years of age can apply for vehicles with engine capacities more than 50cc as well as light motor vehicles.
    • If a person wants to apply for a transport vehicle, he/she should have had a driving licence for at least one year. Medical certificates, Form CMV 1, and 1A should also be submitted for transport vehicles.

    How to apply for driving licence in Karnataka

    To get a driving licence in Karnataka, a person is required to pass the driving test. The RTO, hence, allows the person to first obtain a learner’s licence to practise and learn how to drive before appearing for the test. A person can practise driving only after getting a learner’s licence. As established earlier, a person found driving without a licence will be fined.

    The procedures to get a learning licence and driving licence are given below:

    Procedure to apply for a learning licence

    • Visit the Parivahan website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
    • Select ‘Online Services’ and click ‘Driving Licence related services’.
    • On the redirected page, select the state ‘Karnataka’.
    • On the next page, choose ‘Apply online’ and then click ‘New learner’s licence’ from the drop-down menu.
    • After that’s done, fill in all the necessary details requested. Save the details and take a print-out of the acknowledgement given.
    • Then, scan the necessary documents listed below along with a scanned copy of your signature:
      • Proof of address:
        • Ration card
        • LIC policy
        • Telephone bill
        • Water bill
        • Electricity bill
        • Passport
        • Electoral roll
        • Caste certificate plus income certificate issued by the Tahsildar
        • Pay slip issued by a central/state/local body office
        • Self-swearing affidavit before a notary public, executive magistrate, or a first class judicial magistrate
      • Proof of age:
        • Birth certificate
        • School certificate
        • PAN
        • Self-swearing affidavit before a notary public, executive magistrate, or a first class judicial magistrate
        • Certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner, not below the position of a civil surgeon
      • Three recent passport-sized photographs
    • You will have to undergo a test on the basics of driving and traffic regulations. So, once you upload all the necessary documents, book a time slot for the test under the option ‘LL test slot booking’.
    • You can either pay the fee online through internet banking or directly at the RTO. If you choose to pay the fee online, do so by clicking the ‘Payment of fee’ option. Take a print-out of the e-receipt if you pay the fee online.
    • On the day of the test, visit the RTO. Make sure you carry the acknowledgement for application of the learner’s licence. Carry the e-receipt, too, if you have paid the fee online.
    • Produce the originals of the documents you had uploaded at the time of application for the sake of verification.
    • Once the verification is done, take the learner’s licence test.

    Procedure to apply for a driving licence

    • Go to the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways – Parivahan.
    • Under ‘Online services’, click ‘Driving licence related services’.
    • Then select the state as ‘Karnataka’ from the drop-down options.
    • On the next page, click ‘Apply online’ and select ‘New Driving Licence’.
    • Next, fill in the required details and click ‘Save’.
    • On getting the acknowledgement for applying for the licence, take a print-out for future reference.
    • Once you take the print-out, book a date and time for the driving test under ‘DL test slot booking’.
    • You can either pay the fee online or at the RTO. If you choose to pay the fee online, make sure you get a print-out of the e-receipt to present it at the RTO later.
    • On the day of the driving test, visit the RTO and carry the acknowledgment and the e-receipt with you.

    The documents that need to be presented for the driving licence are:

    • Valid learning licence
    • Valid documents of the vehicle in which you are going to appear for the test:
      • Registration certificate
      • Pollution under control certificate
      • Tax card
      • Insurance certificate
    • In case of transport vehicles: Fitness certificate and certificate under form CMV issued by the driving school
    • Once the verification is done by the licencing authorities, you can appear for the driving test.

    FAQs on driving licence in Karnataka

    1.What is the validity period of the learning licence?

    The learning licence will be valid for a period of 6 months starting from the day it was issued to the applicant.

    2.Should I apply for the driving licence post completion of the learning licence period?

    No, you are required to apply for the permanent driving licence before expiry of the learning licence. You can apply for it any time after completion of the first month of the learning licence period.

    3.What if I fail the learning licence test?

    The authorities will return the documents submitted and will allow you to reappear for the test anytime afterward.

    4.When will I receive the learning licence?

    If you have passed the test, you can collect the learning licence between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the same day.

    5.What will I be tested on in the learning licence test?

    The subject of the learning licence will be traffic signs, regulations to be followed on the road, traffic signals, documents to be carried at all times while driving, precautions while crossing an unmanned railway crossing, duties to be carried out in case damage is caused to a third-party individual or property in an accident.

    6.How much should I pay as the fee for the learning licence and driving licence?

    For the learning licence, the fee payable is Rs.30. In case of the permanent driving licence, the fee for the driving test will be Rs.50 and the fee for the driving licence book is Rs.40. Alternatively, if you want a PVC card, you will be required to pay Rs.215.

    7.What is the validity period of the permanent driving licence?

    The permanent driving licence is valid throughout the country and will expire after completion of 20 years from the date of issue or when the individual turns 50 years old, whichever is earlier. In the case of transport vehicles, the licence will be valid for 3 years.

    8.What if I fail the driving test?

    You can collect the documents submitted and reappear for the test by paying a fee of Rs.50 after completion of 7 days.

    9.When will I receive the permanent driving licence once I’ve passed the driving test?

    The licence is typically sent through speed post within 30 days from the date of the test.

    10.What are the applications necessary for the learning licence and driving licence?

    For the learning licence, you have to apply under form CMV 2 and for driving licence, you have to apply under CMV 4.

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