• How to Get a Learner’s Licence in Maharashtra

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    According to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, all individuals who wish to apply for a driving licence should first obtain a learner’s licence. To obtain a learner’s licence, you should meet the prescribed eligibility criteria and clear the learner’s licence test. Read on for more information on how to apply for a learner’s licence if you reside in Maharashtra.

    Why You Should Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Maharashtra

    Listed below are a few reasons why you should apply for a learner’s licence:

    • Required When Applying for a Driving Licence: You can only get a driving licence if you have a learner’s licence. When you submit your driving licence application form to the RTO, you will need to attach a copy of your learner’s licence. Thus, if you wish to possess a driving licence, you should apply for a learner’s licence.
    • Authorises You to Use Motor Vehicles: You cannot use a motor vehicle in India unless you have a driving licence or learner’s licence. If you have a learner’s licence, you can use a motor vehicle, provided that you are accompanied by a permanent driving licence holder and have an ‘L’ board affixed to your vehicle.
    • Helps You Prepare for the Driving Licence Test: To clear the driving licence test, you will need to ride/drive a particular class of motor vehicle through the designated track. Thus, with a learner’s licence, you can learn how to ride/drive a motor vehicle.

    Eligibility for Learner’s Licence in Maharashtra

    • An individual who has attained the age of 16 years is eligible to apply for a learner’s licence to ride gearless two-wheelers with an engine capacity under 50cc. Further, if the applicant is under the age of 18 years, they will need to submit a letter of consent from their parents or guardians when applying for a learner’s licence.
    • An individual who is over the age of 18 years can apply for a learner’s licence to ride/drive any motorised vehicle.
    • To apply for a learner’s licence for transport vehicles, the concerned individual will need to have attained the age of 20 years. The applicant should also have held a permanent driving licence to drive light motor vehicles for at least a year prior to applying for the learner’s licence for transport vehicles.

    How to Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Maharashtra

    The process to apply for a learner’s licence in Maharashtra is as follows:

    • You will first need to visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (www.parivahan.gov.in).
    • You will need to click on the ‘Online Services’ tab.
    • Next, you will have to click on ‘Driving Licence Related Services’.
    • You will be redirected to another webpage, where you will need to select the state that you reside in. Hence, you will need to select ‘Maharashtra’.
    • Upon selecting the state that you reside in, you will be redirected to the Sarathi website. Here, you will need to click on ‘Apply Online’, which you will find on the left side of the page.
    • From the drop-down menu, you will need to click on ‘New Learner’s Licence’.
    • You will be redirected to a page with instructions regarding the application submission. You will need to click on ‘Continue’.
    • Post this, you will be able to fill the online application form. Once you have filled the form, you will need to print the acknowledgement.
    • Next, you will have to upload the necessary documents such as your age proof, address proof, etc., onto the portal.
    • Once you have completed the formalities that are listed above, you will need to book a slot for the learner’s licence test. You will need to select the date and time slot for the test.
    • Confirm your slot for the test, then save and print the document confirming your appointment.
    • After doing this, you can pay the applicable fee.
    • On the date of your test, you will need to visit the RTO and submit the required documents.
    • After the Licencing Authority verifies your documents, you will be able to appear for the test.
    • You will clear the test if you answer at least 60% of the questions right.
    • If you fail the test, you will need to reapply by booking a slot again.

    *Note: A question bank with questions that you are likely to be tested on for the learner’s licence test is available on the official website of the Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Department.

    Documents Required:

    When applying for a learner’s licence, you will need to submit the documents mentioned below:

    • Form 2 (Learner’s licence application form)
    • Form 1 (Application and declaration of physical fitness)
    • Recent passport-size photographs
    • Address proof
    • Age proof
    • Proof of citizenship
    • Applicable fee

    If you clear the learner’s licence test, you will receive a learner’s licence from the Regional Transport Office. Once you receive your licence, you can begin learning how to ride/drive a motor vehicle.

    Frequently asked questions On Learner’s Licence

    1.What is the validity of a learner’s licence?

    Your learner’s licence is valid for a period of 6 months from the date of its issue.

    2.Am I required to appear in person for the learner’s licence test?

    Although you can submit the learner’s licence application form, upload the required documents, and pay the due fee online, you will need to visit the RTO for your test.

    3.Am I required to wait for 6 months after receiving my learner’s licence to apply for a permanent driving licence?

    No, you can apply for a permanent driving licence after a month from the date of the issuance of your learner’s licence. You should ensure that you apply for a permanent driving licence before the expiry of your learner’s licence. which is 6 months from the date of the issuance of your learner’s licence.

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