How To Apply Online Driving License In India ( RTOs LL/DL Full Process Step By Step in Hindi ) #YourTechnicalGuide

People of all age love to ride a bike or drive a car. They prefer to be independent and be able to travel from one point to another without depending on others. Though cabs and public transport has improved greatly in the last decade, people prefer to drive on their own. Though learning how to drive is the first step, applying for a driving license is the most important step if you decide to drive on the roads.
The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 states that no individual will be allowed to drive a motor vehicle in a public place with a valid driving license. It is a punishable offense. So, if you have always put aside going to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) as it is time-consuming or are not sure how to apply for a driving license in your city, read on.
Applying for a driving license is a very easy procedure. Unlike decades ago, people can now go online and apply for a driving license in a few seconds. You do not have to stand in a long queue to submit your DL application.

How to apply for Learner's License Online

Applicants who wish to apply for a Learner's Licence need not brave the long queues at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) anymore but can fill out the form and submit their application online. With the introduction of the online Learner's Licence application, applicants can fill out the form and submit it as well as book their driving test appointment, all from the comfort of their home. Similarly, one can also submit an online appointment for a driving license.

Documents To Be Submitted for Applying for Learner's License

The following documents are to be uploaded along with the application form:
  • Physical Fitness Declaration (form 1).
  • Passport-sized photographs.
  • Medical certificate (form 1-A).
  • Proof of address: any one of the following can be submitted towards proof of address-
  • Passport.
  • Ration card.
  • Life Insurance policy.
  • Voter's identity card.
    • The affidavit was sworn before a Public Notary or a Judicial Magistrate.
  • Proof of age: any of the following can be submitted towards proof of age-
    • Passport.
    • Voter's identity card.
    • Birth certificate.
    • School matriculation certificate.
    • Life insurance policy.
    • The affidavit was sworn before a Public Notary or Magistrate.

Learner's License Test Slot Booking

Booking a test slot for a learner's license can also be done online through the Sarathi website. Applicants whose applications forms have been processed will receive a notification regarding the same. Following this, they can book a test slot on the website.
Applicants from the following states cannot book a slot for their Learner's License tests through the Sarathi website:
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Bihar
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Haryana
  • Jharkhand
  • Kerala
  • Lakshadweep
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Manipur
  • Meghalaya
  • Sikkim
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Tripura
Applicants from these states and Union Territories will have to visit the website of the Regional Transport Authority in their state and book a slot.

For applicants from other states, they will have to follow the below-mentioned procedure:
  • Visit the Sarathi website.
  • On the homepage, click on the Online Slot Booking option under the Sarathi Services column.
  • Click on 'LL Slot Booking' on the tab that opens and select 'LL Test for Online Applications'.
  • Enter the Web Application Number and the applicant's date of birth (in dd/mm/yyyy format)
  • A calendar with the available slots will open in a new tab. Select the date and check for availability before confirming the appointment.
  • Click 'confirm', whereupon an acknowledgment will be displayed on the screen.
  • The applicant is to be present at the test center at the appointed time with the original documents and the acknowledgment.

Difference Between Driving License (DL) and Learner's License (LL)

In India, there are two types of Driving Licences issued. These are the Learner's Licence and Permanent Licence. The validity of the Learner's Licence only for six months, and is given to people who wish to start learning to drive or ride a vehicle. An individual can obtain a permanent DL on passing written and practical exams, and only after a month of issuance of the initial learner's license. Thus, one can apply for a DL only after getting a learner's license. There needs to be a gap of one month between the two applications.

Do's and Don'ts

  • DO check the form once you have filled it in for errors or omissions.
  • DO carry the original documents with you when you go for your driving test.
  • DO remember that a Learner's Licence is valid only for 6 months.
  • DON'T submit fraudulent documents along with your application as you will be liable for penal action.
  • DON'T forget to attach a copy of your Learner's Licence when applying for a Driving Licence.
  • DON'T drive or ride (this includes while practicing) without a valid license or documentation with you at all times.
  • In case of Learner's Licence holders, DON'T rides or drive without a license holder present. Being caught driving/riding alone could disqualify you from obtaining a Driving Licence.

FAQ's on DL/LL:

  1. What is the validity of a Learner's Licence?
    A Learner's Licence is valid for a period of 6 months from the date of issue.
  2. Is a Learner's Licence issued in Delhi valid across India?
    Yes, a Learner's Licence issued in any state or Union territory is valid throughout the country for the duration of license validity. The holder has to be accompanied by a license holder when driving or riding at all times.
  3. How can I pay the processing fee for my Driving License?
    If you reside in Uttar Pradesh, you can pay the fee for your Driving Licence through the Sarathi website. For applicants from other states, you will have to pay the fee at the RTO when taking your driving test.
  4. What are the documents to be submitted pertaining to my car when I am applying for a Driving License?
    You will have to submit the following details pertaining to your car when applying for a driving license:
    1. Registration certificate
    2. Car insurance proof
    3. Fitness certificate (for transport vehicles)
    4. Tax payment proof
  5. Is a medical certificate compulsory when applying for a license?
    If you are applying for a Learner's Licence, it is compulsory to submit a medical certificate at the time of application.
    If you are applying for a Driving Licence, it is not compulsory unless you are above 50 years of age.
    If you are applying for a Driving Licence for a commercial or transport vehicle, it is compulsory.

Procedure to Obtain Driving License

After the expiry of the cool off period of your Learner's License, you can approach the Regional Transport Office for a driving license. Depending on the class applied for, you will be required to undergo a test on the track to prove your ability to drive and handle the vehicle in question. After clearing the test, you will be notified on the spot about your performance. If you clear, the license (card) will be despatched as per the timelines. Otherwise, you will be notified about the further process which includes the next test date.

Documents Required in WB for DL

  • The required applicant form in the standard format, available at the front desk of the RTO. It can also be downloaded from the official website of the transport department.
  • Recent passport size photographs.
  • Age proof documents such as birth certificate, school leaving certificate etc.
  • ID proof documents such as voters id, Aadhar card.
  • Supporting documents as address proof such as utility bills.
  • Medical fitness certificate issued by a certified doctor.

DL Renewal Procedure of DL in West Bengal

If your existing DL is due to expire, it's advised you apply for a renewal at least a month before it expires. Visit the jurisdictional RTO, fill the required form & pay the renewal fee at the counter (see the “Fees & Charges” table for further details). The renewed copy will be sent to you by post.

International Driving License in WB

If you’re holding a valid DL in the state of West Bengal, you can apply for an IDP (International driving permit) at the designated RTO by filling up the relevant form(s). You may also be required to provide a letter providing details of your travel such as names of visiting countries & duration of stay.