Learning how to drive is an incredibly important life skill. Apart from making your commute comfortable, it also gives you the freedom to plan exciting road trips with your family and friends. But, before you map out your route and hit the road, you need to make sure that you have a valid driving license!
Before you get your permanent license, you will have to apply for your learner's license.
1. The Online Application Process
- Visit sarathi.nic.in. You will have to fill up Form 2 to apply for your learner's license.
- Once you've filled up the form, submit it along with the required documents. You will need to submit 3 passport-sized photographs, at least one residence proof (like your voter's ID/life insurance policy/passport/electricity bill/water bill/telephone bill/ration card/Aadhaar card/income tax returns) and one age proof (like your birth certificate/school certificate/passport/PAN card/proof of citizenship).
- If you're a resident of one city and are applying for a license in another city where you currently live and work, you can submit your registered rent agreement as your residence proof instead.
- Don't forget to note down your application number and book a slot for your learner’s license test before shutting the website.
2. The Offline Application Process
If you'd like to apply offline, you can head to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) centre closest to you. If you're in Maharashtra, you can find your nearest RTO with the help of this list. Fill up the required form and submit it along with the residence and age proof documents. You will also have to book your slot for your learner’s license test.
3. The Learner's License Test
To obtain your learner's license, you will have to sit through a quick, multiple-choice test. You will be asked 15 questions and will have 30 seconds to answer each one. These questions will be about basic road rules and signs that you should be familiar with before you get on the road. To clear the test, you have to answer at least 9 questions correctly. Once you pass the test, you will receive your learner's license via post within a month.
4. Practising on the Road
With your learner's license, you can practice driving on the road, as long as you're operating a vehicle that has an 'L' sticker or board visible at the back and front of your vehicle. You will also need to have an experienced person with a valid driver's license accompanying you.
5. Applying for Your Permanent License
You can apply for your permanent license between 30-180 days from the day you receive your learner's license. To apply, you can visit sarathi.nic.in and fill up and submit Form 4 along with the necessary documents.
6. The Driving Test
Once you apply for your permanent license, you will have to pay a small fee to take your driving test. This will be conducted at the RTO office in the presence of an RTO inspector. During the test, you may be required to showcase your driving skills. This test may include, but is not limited to:
- Driving forward in an 8
- Driving backwards in an S
- Driving up a slope
- Parallel parking
If the inspector finds that your driving skills and knowledge of basic road rules are satisfactory, the RTO will approve your application and send your permanent driving license by post within a month.
Now that you have your all-important license, you can buckle up and get ready for easy commutes every day and epic road trips with your loved ones.
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