The Indian government has directed every individual who wishes to ride a bike or drive a car to get a driving licence, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Applying for a driving licence is a two-step process, the first step being applying for a learner’s licence. Both, the driving licence as well as learner’s licence, are issued by Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) throughout the country. In Kerala, licences are issued to the applicants through the 17 RTOs and 42 Sub-RTOs in the state.
Why you should apply for a Bike learner’s licence in Kerala
Before going into the details of applying for a learner’s licence, one must understand the need for a learner’s licence. The reasons for applying for a learner’s licence are given below:
- It is mandatory to get a learner’s licence to apply for a driving licence.
- It allows the individual to first practice how to ride/drive before taking the practical driving test to obtain the permanent driving licence.
- One cannot use a vehicle without getting a licence issued by the government first.
Eligibility for learner’s licence in Kerala
The eligibility conditions to be considered before applying for a learner’s licence in Kerala are:
- The person should be minimum 16 years old to apply for a learner’s licence to use a vehicle with an engine capacity below 50cc. If the applicant is less than 18 years old, he/she will have to submit a consent form from his/her parent/guardian along with the other necessary documents.
- In case of vehicles with an engine capacity above 50cc, the minimum age requirement is 18 years.
- For those looking to apply for a learner’s licence for a transport vehicle, the minimum age limit is 20 years and he/she should have completed education up to Std.8. Additionally, the person should have experience driving a non-transport vehicle for a year. This clause is exempted if the application is made to drive an auto-rickshaw.
How to apply for a Two Wheeler learner’s licence in Kerala
A person applying for a licence should keep in mind that he/she has to apply for a certain class of vehicle and then add other classes of vehicles if needed.
Applying for learner’s licence offline
One can apply for a learner’s licence at the nearest RTO by following a few simple steps:
- Visit the RTO.
- Collect the learner’s licence application form. Fill up the form and submit it.
- Alternatively, you can download the form on the official website of the Motor Vehicles Department (mvd.kerala.gov.in).
- Visit the website and click on ‘Forms’ in the tab visible above.
- Find Form 3 for applying for a learner’s licence, and click on ‘Download’.
- Relevant documents as well as recent passport-size photographs need to be submitted along with the application form.
- Pay the applicable fee for application of the learner’s licence at the counter.
- Choose the time slot for the learner’s licence test and pay the fee for the test.
- Once you complete the test on the chosen day, the learner’s licence will be provided to you.
Applying for learner’s licence online
The official website of the Kerala Motor Vehicles Department (mvd.kerala.gov.in) allows individuals to apply for the licence online by following the below-mentioned steps:
- Visit the website - mvd.kerala.gov.in.
- On the right-hand side of the webpage, find ‘Apply Online’. Click on the third option, ‘Licence’.
- On the redirected page, click on ‘Apply Online’ next to ‘New Learner’s Licence’.
- Read the instructions carefully on the new window that appears and click on ‘Apply Now’.
- Fill in all the details in the application form and click on ‘Next’.
- Upload the necessary documents including a soft copy of your recent photographs and your signature.
- Verify all the information given and then pay the applicable fee online.
- Once the payment is done, you can also schedule the learner’s licence test date and time online too.
- Once you pass the test on the scheduled day, you will be issued the learner’s licence.
Documents required to apply for a learner’s licence
The documents that need to be submitted to apply for a learner’s licence in Kerala are:
- Proof of age
- Proof of address
- Six passport-size photographs
- Medical certificate - Form 1 and Form 1A duly signed by a certified government doctor
Frequently asked questions
1.What is the learner’s licence test based on?
The learner’s licence test is basically an online examination that is conducted at the RTO. The applicant is tested on his/her knowledge of road rules, traffic regulations, road manners, signs and signals, etc.
2.Can I take practice sessions for the learner’s test?
Yes, one can practice for the learner’s licence test through the Motor Vehicles Department website or at the information kiosks at the RTO.
3.What is the validity of the learner’s licence?
The learner’s licence is valid for a period of 6 months, within which time one will have to learn how to ride/drive and apply for a permanent driving licence.
4.Can I renew my learner’s licence?
No, you cannot renew the learner’s licence. You can apply for a fresh licence.
5.What if I do not pass the learner’s test?
You can reappear for the test if you do not get through, by paying the repeat test fee.