An appropriate driving License is a legal requirement for operating any motor vehicle. A driver’s license issued by the competent authority of any State/Union territory is valid throughout the Indian Union.
Learner’s License :
Any person who wishes to drive a motor vehicle has first obtain a learner’s license for the purpose of the learning and then has to be tested before a permanent license is granted. A person should not be less than 20 years of age if he wants to learn to drive a transport vehicle.
Requirements are as follows:
A learner’s license is valid only for a period of six months. If the driving test for a permanent license is not passed during this period, a fresh learners license needs to be obtained .
A Permanent license of the appropriate class will be granted after the successful completion of a driving test conducted by the RTO. The test for the issue of the Permanent license is conducted after a minimum of 30 days from the date of issue of the learner’s license . In case of failure , a retest can be requested but not before a period of 7 days.
The application for renewal must be accompanied by :
An Expired license is valid for 30 days and can be renewed during this period grace without a penalty.
A license expired for more than 30 days can be renewed on payment of penalty , provided the application is made within a period of five years from the date of expiry. The penalty is charged at Rs. 10/- per year or a part thereof.
The License can be renewed through any RTO in the country irrespective of the place of its issue. If a driver his place of residence, the new address must be got incorporated in his license.
If a duplicate is defaced or lost, a duplicate license can be issued on the production of :
a) The application for duplicate license must be made to the same RTO which has issued the original license.
b) In case the license number is not available , or the application is to be made to any other RTO, the procedure as a applicable for the fresh license (learner license, driving test, etc.) will have to be followed.
International Driving Permit can be issued by the RTO or other motoring associations authorised by the government such as WIAA. Such a license is valid for one year.