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  • How to Get a Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

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    Those who wish to possess a permanent driving licence in Tamil Nadu are required to first apply for a learner’s licence. Read on to know more about the process to apply for a learner’s licence if you reside in Tamil Nadu.

    Why You Should Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

    • To Avoid Being Penalised: Any individual who wants to learn how to operate a motor vehicle in public places is required to have a learner’s licence. If you start riding/driving a motor vehicle without a learner’s licence, you will be penalised.
    • Let’s You Apply for a Driving Licence: Once you obtain a learner’s licence, you will be able to apply for a permanent driving licence.
    • Authorises You to Operate Motor Vehicles: To operate a bike, car, or any other type of motorised vehicle, you should hold a learner’s licence or a driving licence. With a learner’s licence, you will be able to learn how to ride/drive your vehicle in public.

    Eligibility for Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

    • The applicant should be a minimum of 16 years of age to apply for a learner’s licence to ride a gearless two-wheeler with an engine capacity under 50cc.
    • The applicant has to be at least 18 years to apply for a learner’s licence to ride a two-wheeler with an engine capacity over 50cc or to drive a light motor vehicle.
    • The applicant will have to be at least 20 years of age to apply for a learner’s licence to drive a transport vehicle.
    • Further, when applying for a learner’s licence, the applicant will have to appear in person for the test.

    How to Apply for a Learner’s Licence in Tamil Nadu

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

    • Prospective applicants will first need to visit the official website of the Tamil Nadu Transport Department (www.tnsta.gov.in/transport).
    • Once you are on this website, you will need to click on ‘Learner’s Licence Online Application’.
    • On the redirected webpage, you will need to click on ‘Learner’s Licence Online Application’. Doing so will let you apply for a learner’s licence through the official website of the Tamil Nadu Transport Department. You can also choose to apply for the learner’s licence through the Sarathi website by clicking the ‘Apply Learner’s Licence in Sarathi’ option, which you will see on the same page.
    • If you opted to apply for your learner’s licence through the Tamil Nadu Transport Department’s website, you will need to key in the required details into the online application form. You will then have to upload the required documents and select the date of appointment.
    • If you opted to apply for your learner’s licence through the Sarathi website, you will need to click on the appropriate option. You will then be redirected to the Sarathi website, where you will have to select the state that you reside in.
    • You will then have to click on ‘Apply Online’ and ‘New Learner’s Licence’. On the redirected page, you will need to enter the required details, upload the required documents, photographs, and signature, book a slot for the test, and then pay the applicable fee.
    • You can also choose to obtain a learner’s licence application form and submit it with the required documents and fee to the RTO. The RTO will then let you book a slot for the learner’s licence test.
    • On the date of your appointment, you will need to visit the Regional Transport Office in time for the test.
    • If you clear the test, you will receive a learner’s licence on the same day.

    Documents Required:

    • Form 2 (learner’s licence application form)
    • Form 1, if applicable
    • Form 3
    • Form 14 (applicable for those who apply through a driving school)
    • Address proof

    *Note: You can submit your ration card, passport, utility bills, etc., as address proof.

    • Age proof

    *Note: You can submit your birth certificate, school certificate, passport, LIC policy, etc., as age proof.

    Once you receive the learner’s licence, you can learn how to ride or drive a motor vehicle in public places. Make sure to apply for a permanent driving licence before your learner’s licence expires.

    Frequently asked questions On Learner’s Licence

    What is the fee that I will have to pay when applying for a learner’s licence?

    You will need to pay a sum of Rs.30 when applying for a learner’s licence.

    How long is the learner’s licence valid for?

    Once issued, the learner’s licence will be valid for 6 months.

    Will I have to drive/ride a motor vehicle to clear the learner’s licence test?

    No, you will only be tested on your knowledge of traffic regulations and road rules during the learner’s licence test.

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