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    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.

    Importance of driving licence in Odisha

    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:

    • Acts as a valid ID: The driving licence has details such as the full name of the individual, his/her residential address, and will also have his/her recent photograph. Hence, it acts as a valid ID and can be used to apply for a loan, apply for a two-wheeler insurance, and so on.
    • Provides authority to drive: The driving licence is legal proof that the individual has been authorised to drive. The licence is proof that the person has undergone the necessary tests and he/she is aware of all the traffic rules and regulations.
    • Avoids payment of fines: A person who is not carrying the driving licence while driving or riding will be fined by the traffic police. In order to avoid paying fines and following the law, it is best to obtain a driving licence.

    Eligibility for driving licence in Odisha

    The eligibility guidelines for applying for a driving licence in Odisha are given below:

    • To drive a vehicle with an engine capacity less than 50cc, the applicant has to be at least 16 years old and should provide a consent letter from his/her parent or guardian.
    • The applicant is required to be minimum 18 years old if he/she wants to drive a motor vehicle with an engine capacity more than 50cc.
    • For a transport vehicle, the minimum age requirement is 20 years.

    How to apply for driving licence in Odisha

    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:

    Apply for learning licence

    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:

    • Log into the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
    • Under ‘Driving Licence’, click ‘Apply Online’ and then click on ‘New Learner’s Licence’.
    • Read the instructions and click ‘Continue’.
    • On the redirected page, select the appropriate option and click ‘Submit’.
    • On the next page, fill in all your details and click ‘Submit’.
    • Then, upload the necessary documents as requested.
    • Make sure you upload your recent photograph and signature too.
    • Pick a time slot that you prefer to appear for the preliminary test.
    • Pay the applicable fee.

    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.

    Apply for driving 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:

    • Visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
    • Under ‘Driving Licence’, click ‘Apply Online’ and then click on ‘New Driving Licence’.
    • Then, read the instructions given and click ‘Continue’.
    • On the redirected page, select the appropriate option and fill in the necessary details such as the learning licence number and date of birth. Click ‘OK’.
    • Once you fill in all the details as requested, you can upload the age proof and address proof documents.
    • Then, upload your recent passport-sized photograph and signature if required.
    • Select any of the available time slots to take a driving test.
    • Pay the applicable fee to apply for the driving licence.

    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.

    FAQs on driving licence in Odisha

    1.Can an applicant retake the preliminary test or the driving test?

    Yes, applicants are allowed to retake the preliminary test as well as the driving test.

    2.Do I have to go through the driving test again after my licence expires?

    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.

    3.What is the fee payable for the driving test in Odisha?

    The fee payable for the driving test is Rs.50.

    4.Can I make changes in my address on the driving licence?

    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.

    5.What if I lose my driving licence?

    If you lose your driving licence, you can apply for a duplicate driving licence.

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