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.
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.
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|
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:
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.
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.
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.
Visit the RTO, preferably where you got your original driving licence from. The licencing authority will issue the duplicate or renewed licence.
The licence will be valid throughout India.
Private vehicle users have 5 years and transport vehicle drivers have 3 years to renew the licence.
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