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    The license application process in India starts with obtaining a learner’s license. It is mandatory for everyone to get a learner’s license before they can apply for a permanent license from the RTO. A learner’s license is a provisional or restricted license that offers limited access to operate motor vehicles. It is implied that this period must be used by individuals to improve their driving skills and get hand-on experience with road safety guidelines. Getting a learner’s license is a simple process for which you must visit the RTO in your jurisdiction and take a written test.

    Like all states in India, the rules and regulations regarding driving license are enforced as per the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The RTO functions under the Transport Department of Gujarat, and it has branches in all major locations of the state. If you are living in Gujarat, you need to visit the nearest RTO and proceed with the application for learner’s license. The location of the nearest RTO can be known easily through the organisation’s official website http://rtogujarat.gov.in.

    Need for learner’s license in Gujarat

    As noted already, the road to permanent driving license begins with a learner’s license, irrespective of the state in which you are located. It is a document that allows a person to drive a motor vehicle for the purpose of learning. Moreover, it guarantees that the license holder is familiar with the basic road traffic rules and regulations in India. To obtain a learner’s license, one must clear the written test provided by the RTO. This helps beginners familiarise themselves with various traffic signs and signals. In addition to all this, it also certifies that a person is medically fit to drive a vehicle.

    Eligibility criteria for getting a learner’s license in Gujarat

    The basic eligibility criteria for getting a learner’s license remains the same in all states across the country. In Gujarat, the following eligibility criteria must be met by individuals before they can apply for a learner’s license:

    • Anyone who has completed 16 years of age can apply for a learner’s license for a vehicle that is 50cc or less. Gearless scooters fall in this category, and they are ideal for beginners.
    • Those who are above 18 years of age can apply for a learner’s license for motorcycles with gear and light motor vehicles (cars).
    • For commercial and transport vehicles, the applicant must be at least 20 years of age in order to get a valid learner’s license.

    Documents required

    During the application stage, the applicant must submit various documents to the RTO to initiate the application process. The following list of documents can either be submitted online or offline:

    • Duly filled application form
    • Proof of age (PAN card, birth certificate, etc.)
    • Proof of address (Aadhaar, Passport, Voter ID, utility bills, etc.)
    • Passport size photographs
    • Medical certificate

    How to apply for a learner’s license in Gujarat

    You may visit the RTO directly and submit the above-mentioned documents. However, with the advent of the Internet, most people prefer applying online and scheduling an appointment before they visit the RTO. The step-by-step instructions for getting a learner’s license in Gujarat are listed as follows:

    • The online application for learner’s license can be made through the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/).
    • On the home page of the website, click on ‘online services’ and then ‘driving license related services’.
    • You will be taken to the ‘Sarathi’ services offered by the Transport Ministry. Here, you can choose the state in which you wish to apply for a learner’s license.
    • On the resulting page, click on ‘apply online’ under the section ‘driving license’ and click on ‘new learner’s license’.
    • On the resulting pages, you can fill in your personal details including name, address, and contact information. Along with this information, you must also upload the necessary documents.
    • Following this, upload your photo and a copy of your signature.
    • Once all the necessary details are submitted, you can book a time slot for taking the written test with the RTO. Choose the time slot convenient for you and book an appointment.
    • Following this, you need to pay the necessary fee and take a printout of the payment receipt.
    • After this online application process, you need to visit the RTO with the payment receipt and other necessary documents to take the test at the chosen time slot.
    • Once you have cleared the test, the learner’s license will be issued in your name.

    Things to note when using learner’s license

    If you are applying for a learner’s license, you need to understand the things listed below:

    • A learner’s license provides only a restricted access to driving a motor vehicle in India.
    • It is necessary for the learner’s license holder to be accompanied by a person with a permanent driving license while driving a motor vehicle.
    • A learner’s license is restricted only to the vehicles within the specific class of vehicles. For instance, a person with learner’s license for 50cc vehicles cannot drive a motorcycle with gear.
    • A learner’s license is valid only for a period of six months.
    • If your learner’s license expires before getting a permanent license, you need to retake the test before applying for a permanent license.

    Frequently asked questions

    1. How long will it take to deliver the results of the test?

    Tests for learner’s license are computerized these days. Hence, the results are delivered instantly following the completion of the test.

    2. Can I apply for a permanent license directly?

    No, it is not possible to apply for a permanent license without having a learner’s license. Once you have taken the learner’s license, you need to wait for at least 30 days before applying for a permanent license.

    3. What is the validity of a learner’s license?

    A learner’s license is valid for a maximum of six months. The license holder must get a permanent license within this period. If the license expires, the applicant must retake the test before getting a permanent license.

    4. What happens if I don’t pass the test?

    If you don’t clear the test on the first try, you can take it again. Before you take it for the second time, it is advisable to learn the traffic rules, traffic signs, signals, etc. Once you improve your knowledge on these factors, you can clear the written test easily.

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