It is a known fact that Indian roads are always busy. Several vehicles get registered each day and the number keeps increasing by the day. It is therefore important for every bike rider and car driver on the road to be well aware of the rules and be trained sufficiently to ride/drive well as well as ensure no third-party people or property are harmed. The Indian government has made it compulsory for anyone who wants to use a vehicle to get a driving licence, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The driving licences are separate for different classes of vehicles. A driving test is conducted for the class of vehicle for which the driving licence application has been made.
The state of Tamil Nadu believes in full enforcement of the rules and regulations under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The transport department has therefore set up an enforcement wing to implement the rules.
Possessing and carrying one’s driving licence is of utmost importance in Tamil Nadu, here’s why:
To apply for a learning licence or a driving licence, the person is expected to visit the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in person. To apply for a licence, however, there are minimum age requirements as mentioned below:
To apply for a driving licence, one has to first get a learning licence. The licencing authority will first issue a learning licence once it ascertains that the person is conversant with road signs, traffic regulations, traffic signals, etc., through a preliminary test. The learning licence is issued for a period of 6 months. Since individuals have to present a valid learning licence while applying for a driving licence, the person has to apply for the licence a month after the learning licence was issued but before the licence expires. The procedures to apply for the learning licence and permanent driving licence are given below:
The learning licence is usually issued the same day by the licencing authority.
If the traffic police finds a person driving without a driving licence, he/she will be asked to pay a penalty. The penalty for not carrying the licence is Rs.100 the first time and Rs.300 the subsequent time. In case the person has not obtained a driving licence at all, the penalty will be a fine equal to Rs.500 or imprisonment for a maximum period of 3 months.
The permanent driving licence is valid until the individual turns 50 years old or for 20 years from the date of issue, whichever is earlier.
If you don’t pass any of the licence tests, you can always retake it.
No, the learner’s licence is one of the documents that needs to be submitted while applying for a permanent driving licence. It is necessary to apply for the driving licence before the learning licence expires.
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