• Driving License in Uttar Pradesh

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    The government of Uttar Pradesh understands the importance of road safety and that it is imperative to increase awareness about road safety as well as enforce the rules and regulations laid down with respect to the same. One of the regulations under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, is that every individual driving or riding a vehicle is required to hold a valid driving licence. Those who do not have the permit to ride or drive will be fined heavily.

    Importance of driving licence in Uttar Pradesh

    To issue a driving licence, the transport department of Uttar Pradesh will conduct tests to ensure the applicant is well aware of the traffic rules and understands the working of the vehicle. Therefore, the driving licence is proof that the individual has been trained and tested before obtaining the driving permit. In addition to this, the driving licence is an important document when applying for a two-wheeler insurance or car insurance policy.

    Eligibility for driving licence in Uttar Pradesh

    Individuals can apply for a driving licence only after they meet a certain minimum age requirement. The minimum age requirements for different classes of vehicles are as follows:

    Age of the individual Class of vehicle
    16 years 50cc without gear
    18 years Above 50cc with gear, low motor vehicle
    20 years Transport vehicle

    How to apply for driving licence in Uttar Pradesh

    Any individual who wants to drive a vehicle will have to first learn how to use it. Since no individual is permitted to use a vehicle without a licence, the transport department issues a learning licence that one can obtain before learning how to use a vehicle. One can apply for the driving licence once he/she has learnt how to ride a bike or drive a car. The procedure to apply for the two different licences are given below:

    How to apply for a learning licence

    • You can apply for a learning licence through the official website of the Uttar Pradesh Road Transport website/Sarathi website or offline at a nearby Regional Transport Office (RTO).
    • The documents required to apply for a learning licence in Uttar Pradesh are:
      • Application form 2
      • Proof of residence
      • Proof of age
      • Medical certificate: Form 1A
      • Three recent photographs – Passport sized
    • The fee can also be paid online or offline, as per your convenience. The fee for one class of vehicle is Rs.150. To get a learning licence for both motorcycle, as well as light motor vehicle, the fee is Rs.300. Additionally, the fee for the learning licence test is Rs.50.
    • Once the application has been made, you will have to go to the RTO for biometric authentication.
    • Next, you have to appear for the computerised learning licence test.
    • Once the test is over, the result will be displayed on the computer screen. If you do not clear the test, you can repay only the Rs.50 test fee and retake the test.
    • After clearing the learning licence test, the licensing authority will approve the application and send the learning licence to your registered address. Alternatively, you can download your learning licence through the Sarathi website.

    The learning licence is valid for a period of 6 months. The individual can apply for the permanent driving licence after completion of one month of the validity period and within 6 months from the date of issue.

    How to apply for a driving licence

    • In the case of driving licence, too, you have the online and offline options to apply.
    • The documents that need to be submitted to get a driving licence are:
      • Application form 4
      • Valid learning licence
      • Three recent photographs – Passport sized
      • Driving certificate form 5 issued by the driving school
    • The fee for applying for a permanent driving licence is Rs.700 i.e. Rs.200 for the application, plus Rs.300 for the test, and Rs.200 for the smart card. In case an additional class of vehicle needs to be added, the extra fee will be Rs.300. The fee can be paid online or at the nearby RTO.
    • After applying for the driving licence, you have to visit the RTO to take a practical driving test.
    • Once you clear the test and the licencing authority approves the application, the driving licence will be sent to your registered address.

    FAQs on driving licence in Uttar Pradesh

    Is it necessary to submit the medical certificate for the learning licence?

    Only individuals above the age of 50 years and those who apply for a learner’s licence for a transport vehicle will have to submit the medical certificate.

    Is it compulsory to submit the driving certificate issued by the driving school?

    Only persons who apply for a licence to drive commercial vehicles will have to submit the driving certificate. Individuals applying to drive a private motorcycle or a car need not submit the certificate.

    Where do I apply for a duplicate driving licence or renewal of my licence?

    Visit the RTO, preferably where you got your original driving licence from. The licencing authority will issue the duplicate or renewed licence.

    What is the area restriction of the licence issued?

    The licence will be valid throughout India.

    How much time do I have to apply for renewal of my licence?

    Private vehicle users have 5 years and transport vehicle drivers have 3 years to renew the licence.

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