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    In order to ride/drive a vehicle legally in public places, the individual using the vehicle is required to have a valid driving licence. The driving licence (DL) can be obtained from an RTO after submitting the necessary documents, paying the fee, and clearing the test. However, one is first required to apply for a learner’s licence, also called LL, to be eligible to apply for the DL. Read on for more information about the learner’s licence test and driving licence test.

    Learner’s Licence Test

    The objective of a learner’s licence is to authorise you to handle a vehicle while you learn how to drive or ride it. The learner’s licence is valid for a maximum period of 6 months. Applicants who are over the age of 16 years can apply for a learner’s licence for two-wheelers with an engine capacity under 50cc. However, to apply for a learner’s licence to drive a four-wheeler, the applicant has to be over the age of 18 years.

    To obtain the licence, one will have to download the application form or fill the application form online. If you are submitting the application online, you will need to upload your documents, photograph, and signature, after which you will need to book a slot for the test and pay the applicable fee. You can also fill the application form and submit it at the RTO with the required documents, photographs, and fee.

    Usually, individuals applying for a learner’s licence will have to clear a written or oral examination that will test the applicant’s knowledge of traffic rules and road signs. If you clear the test, an LL will be issued to you. If you fail the LL test, you can retake the test on the following day.

    Documents Required to Apply for a Learner’s Licence Test

    The documents that you will need to submit along with your LL test application form are as follows:

    • Address Proof: Passport, ration card, rental agreement, utility bills, etc.
    • Age Proof: Birth certificate, an affidavit that has been attested by a notary, etc.
    • 3 Passport size photographs

    Permanent Driving Licence Test

    As mentioned above, to apply for a driving licence, you should already have an LL. You can apply for a DL one month after your LL has been issued. The permanent driving licence, once it has been issued, will be valid for a total tenure of 20 years or until you turn 50 years.

    To obtain the DL, individuals will have to either download the application form online and submit it with the required documents and the applicable fee at the RTO or fill the online application on the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways – Sarathi website, upload the documents, photo, and signature (if applicable), book the slot for the test, and pay the fee.

    For the DL test, you will be tested on your driving/riding skills. An authority/inspector from the RTO will conduct your test. Applicants are usually asked to ride their two-wheeler or drive their four-wheeler forward and backward through a designated 8-shaped track, drive/ride on an upward slope without moving backward, and parallel park.

    You will clear the test if the RTO inspector deems your riding/driving skills to be satisfactory. If you fail the test, you can reapply by paying the applicable fee after a week.

    Documents Required to Apply for a Driving Licence Test

    The documents that you will need to submit along with your application form are as follows:

    • Learner’s licence
    • Registration certificate, PUC certificate, tax paid receipt, and insurance policy document of the vehicle that you will be driving/riding
    • Passport size photographs

    Tips to Clear Your Riding Test

    • Learn all the traffic rules and road signs before you appear for the test.
    • Ensure that you get sufficient practice before you take the road test.
    • If you are applying for a DL for a two-wheeler, it is necessary to wear a protective helmet during the test.
    • During the road test, ensure that your eyes are on the road and that you are observant of your surroundings.
    • Don’t turn your vehicle off before it comes to a stop.
    • When turning, it is necessary to use indicators and show hand signals.
    • Apply the brakes of the vehicle smoothly.
    • Bring a vehicle that you are comfortable riding/driving along with you for the test.

    Why is it Necessary to Have a Driving Licence

    • Mandatory Legal Requirement: It is necessary to apply for a driving licence since all individuals who operate motor vehicles are required to have a valid driving licence, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
    • You Become Eligible to Apply for an International Driving Permit: You can apply for an international driving permit only if you have a driving licence. Any Indian resident who wishes to operate a motor vehicle when he/she is abroad is required to have an international driving permit.
    • Serves as a Proof of Identity: You can use your valid driving licence as an ID proof.
    • Lowers Risk: Passing a driving licence is a proof that you have been trained to ride/drive the vehicle and that you are aware of the various road rules. This, in turn, makes riding a safer experience for you and other drivers/riders and pedestrians around you.
    • Independence: Having a driving licence will allow you to legally ride or drive a vehicle throughout the country. This gives you a sense of independence since you do not have to be dependent on public transport.

    It is mandatory to clear the driving licence test to use your vehicle legally. Thus, make sure to familiarise yourself with the various road and traffic rules and practice riding your vehicle before appearing for the road test. Once the licence has been issued to you, it is necessary to carry it while riding your vehicle.

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