To obtain a driving licence, you should first apply for a learner’s licence. A learner’s licence has a validity of 6 months and authorises the licence holder to learn how to ride/drive a motor vehicle during this period. You will need to apply to a Regional Transport Office (RTO) in your area of residence/business for a learner’s licence.
Why You Should Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Karnataka
- Legal Requirement: In India, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is mandatory to hold a learner’s licence before applying for a permanent driving licence.
- Authorises You to Learn How to Ride/Drive a Motor Vehicle: During the validity period of your learner’s licence, you can learn how to operate a motor vehicle in public places. You will, however, need to affix the ‘L’ board on the front and rear-end of the vehicle that you will be riding. If you are caught riding/learning to ride a vehicle without a learner’s licence, you will be penalised by the authorities.
- Enables You to Apply for a Driving Licence: As a learner’s licence holder, you can apply for a driving licence as soon as you are comfortable operating a vehicle. Keep in mind that you will need to wait at least a month after the issue of your learner’s licence to apply for a permanent driving licence.
Eligibility for Learner’s Licence in Karnataka
- To apply for a learner’s licence to ride a gearless motorcycles with an engine capacity under 50cc, the applicant will need to be at least 16 years of age. If the applicant is a minor (under 18 years of age), the concerned individual will need to submit a letter of consent from his/her parents.
- To apply for a learner’s licence to ride motorcycles with gears, the applicant will have to be a minimum of 18 years.
- When applying for a learner’s licence to drive heavy motor vehicles and transport vehicles, the applicant will have to be at least 20 years of age.
- Individuals applying for a learner’s licence are required to be well versed with the various traffic regulations and road rules. Applicants should also have a valid proof of age and proof of address when applying for a learner’s licence.
How to Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Karnataka
To get your permanent driving licence in the state of Karnataka, you are required to first obtain a learner’s licence. The procedure that you will need to follow to obtain a learner’s licence is as follows:
- Visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Parivahan).
- Next, you will need to click on ‘Online Services’ and then click on ‘Driving Licence Related Services’ from the drop-down menu.
- In the next webpage, you will need to select the state in which you reside. Online services on the Parivahan portal are available only to residents of select states in India. However, if you reside in Karnataka, you will be able to apply for a learner’s licence through the portal.
- Once you are redirected to the Sarathi webpage, you will need to click on ‘Apply Online’ on the left side of the page.
- Next, click on ‘New Learner’s Licence’ from the drop-down menu.
- Post this, you will need to fill up all the necessary details on the online application form. You will need to save your details and then take a printout of the acknowledgement.
- You will then have to scan and upload the required documents, passport-size photograph, and signature.
- Once this step is complete, you will need to book a slot for the learner’s licence test.
- After booking a slot for the test, you will need to pay the applicable fee through net banking or at the RTO cash counter. If you do happen to pay the fee online, you will need to take a printout of the e-receipt.
- On the date of your test, you will need to visit the RTO with the printout of your acknowledgement and e-receipt (if you paid the fee online). You will also have to carry the originals for all documents that you had uploaded on the portal.
- Once your application form and supporting documents get verified by the Licencing Authority, you will be able to appear for the learner’s licence test.
- If you clear the test, the RTO will issue a learner’s licence to you.
- Those who wish to apply for a learner’s licence through offline methods can directly visit the RTO to obtain the application form. Post this, the concerned individual can submit the duly-filled application form and supporting documents to the RTO, book a slot for the test, and pay the fee.
- Duly-filled application form
- 6 Passport-size photographs
- Address proof
*Note: You can submit your ration card, voter’s ID, life insurance policy, passport, etc., as address proof.
*Note: You can submit your school certificate, birth certificate, etc., as age proof
- Form 1/Form 1 A (if applicable)
- Letter of consent from parents/guardians (if applicable)
The learner’s licence exam tests the applicant’s knowledge of traffic signs, traffic rules, etc. Once issued, the learner’s licence will have a validity of 6 months. You will need to practice driving/riding a motorised vehicle with an individual who already possesses a permanent driving licence during this period. You will need to apply for a permanent driving licence while your learner’s licence is still valid.
Frequently asked questions On Learner’s Licence
What should I do if I fail the learner’s licence test?
If you fail the learner’s licence test, you can appear for a retest the following day.
When will I receive my learner’s licence if I clear the test?
If you clear the learner’s licence test, you will receive your licence on the same day of the test, after 4:30 p.m.
What is the fee for the learner’s licence?
You will need to pay Rs.30 for the learner’s licence. You can pay the fee online through the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways or at the cash counter in the RTO.