Driving License in India
In India the minimum age required
for driving is 16 years for motorcycles of 50cc or less and 18 for
all the other vehicles.
Few Points to Remember
- According to the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, a valid
Driving Licence is necessary to drive any motor vehicle on public
Driving License is issued by the Regional
Transport Office (RTO) of Motor Vehicles Inspector's Office
after the recipient has passed a driving test and has proved
the required age.
The Driving License in India is segregated
as Motorcycle License, Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) license, and
Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) License.
- Learner's License is issued after passing a theory
The legislation of Driving License is done
through the 'Rules of the Road Regulation' and the Motor Vehicle
- The driver of the vehicle is required to
keep the original copy of the license while driving.
Types of Driving Licenses in India
To drive a motor vehicle in any public
place an effective Driving License is necessary. By effective Driving
License it mean license issued to a person authorizing him/her to
drive vehicle of that particular category. There are different types
of licenses issued by the RTO offices. Here we will discuss each
of them separately.
- Learner Driving License
This is a temporary license that is valid up
to 6 months from the date of issue. It is basically issued to
learn driving of Motor Vehicles.
Permanent Driving License
Permanent driving license
is issued to those who become eligible for it after thirty days
(to apply within 180 days) from the date of issue of the learner
license. Person suppose to get permanent driving license should
be conversant about the vehicle systems, driving, traffic rules
Duplicate Driving License
In case of loss, theft, or on mutilation,
Duplicate License is issued. The documents to be produced are
FIR of the lost license, challan clearance report from RTA Office
(in case of Commercial licence renewal) and an application in
Form LLD. The particulars are verified by the authority from
the records. The duplicate license will have the valid period
same as the previous license. If the license is lost and expired
by more than 6 months it requires permission from Head Quarter
of Transport Department.
It is recommended to keep a photocopy of
the original license or particulars of license noted in order
to make it easier for the issuing authority to locate the particulars
from their record.
The motor licensing authority also issues
International Driving License. The validity of this license
is for one year. Person visiting the country is required to
collect the license from there within one year period. Apart
from address proof and birth certificate, one has to produce
a valid passport and valid visa while applying.
Motorcyle License or
Two-wheeler license is issued by the Regional
Transport Authority (RTO) to permit driving of only two-wheeler
vehicles like bike, scooter and moped.
Light Motor Vehicle
Light Motor Vehicle License is issued to
drive light vehicles like auto rickshaws, motor car, jeep, taxi,
three-wheeler delivery vans, etc.
Heavy Motor Vehicle
Heavy Motor Vehicle License is issued to
drive heavy vehicles like trucks, buses, tourist coaches, cranes,
goods carriages, etc. A person with HMV license can drive light
vehicles but Light Motor Vehicle License do not permit to drive
License Procedure in India