Driving licence has been mandated in India as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Therefore, citizens in Odisha who wish to use a vehicle are required to apply for a driving licence in order to drive a car or ride a bike in the cities of Odisha. There are Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the state to help people apply for a driving licence. Odisha has 35 Regional Transport Officers and 3 Assistant Regional Transport Officers who have been given the authority to issue driving licences to people after conducting a test. The State Motor Vehicles Department of Odisha allows people of the state to apply for driving licences through the offline or online mode.
The driving licence is a very important document issued by the government. Given below are some of the factors that make driving licence an important document:
The eligibility guidelines for applying for a driving licence in Odisha are given below:
Applying for a driving licence in Odisha has been made simple by introducing the online application method. While the application process can be carried out online, the tests will be conducted in the RTO.
To get a driving licence, one has to first apply for a learning licence and then get a driving licence. The steps to be followed to apply the learning licence and driving licence online are given below:
A learning licence is a permit issued by the government officials that allows individuals to use a vehicle to learn how to ride or drive. This is a must since it is illegal to drive a vehicle without a driving licence. The learning licence acts as a cover for those who need to learn how to use a vehicle before they apply for driving licence.
The procedure to apply for a learning licence is given below:
The learning licence is issued to the applicant after he/she passes the preliminary test. The licence is valid for a period of 6 months. The individual will have to learn how to use the vehicle and apply for the driver’s licence while the learning licence is still active. Typically, a person can apply for the driving licence only after completion of one month of the learning licence.
Once the learning licence holder is confident that he/she can ride/drive, he/she can then apply for the driving licence. The procedure to do so is given below:
The driving licence will be issued to the applicant only after he/she successfully passes the driving test. Once he/she passes, the driving licence will be sent to the person’s registered address by speed post. The driving licence is valid for a period of 20 years or until the person turns 50 years old, depending on which occurs first.
Yes, applicants are allowed to retake the preliminary test as well as the driving test.
No. Once your driving licence expires, you can apply for renewal. You will not be required to take the driving test again in this scenario. However, if you do not apply for renewal of your driving licence within 5 years from the date of expiry of your licence, you will have to re-apply for the licence, in which case you will have to take the driving test again.
The fee payable for the driving test is Rs.50.
Yes, you can request for address changes in your driving licence in the RTO. You will be required to submit the proof of your new address to make the change.
If you lose your driving licence, you can apply for a duplicate driving licence.
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