Frequently Asked Question's

Driving Licence Guide in India

In today's day and age, knowing how to drive a motor vehicle is an essential skill set that one needs to master to swiftly travel around places. A learner's licence is a document issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) that acts as a provisional and restricted driving licence.

A person holding an effective DRIVING LICENCE issued by a valid licensing authority only is enabled to drive a motor vehicle in any public place. Such person is entitled to drive the vehicle belonging to the particular class of vehicle which is mentioned in his/her driving licence.

The waiting period for RTO's call to submit the documents may vary city to city. For learning license, you should pass computerized quiz based on common traffic rules and signs. You should need pass the driving test for permanent license. You can get permanent license in 15 to 30 days (again vary city to city).

The new norms, being devised by an expert committee set up by the ministry of road transport and highways, is weighing the option of barring people who are over 72-75 years old from getting a driving licence.

As far as I know , you can apply from any city for DL. But you must have one ID proof and one local address proof. And you must know driving as driving test is conducted at RTO office. ... You apply in whichever state ,the licence is valid throughout India.

It is valid up to six months.



Yes, it is compulsory especially for commercial vehicles.

The inspector at the R.T.O office conducts the test as per the rules in MV Act and refers his recommendations to the concerned R.T.O officer to issue driving license.

One can apply for re-test after 7 days.

One can renew it within 5 yrs of expiry, but driving with an expired license is an offense.

A Driving License for a private vehicle is valid up to a period of 20 yrs or an age of 50 yrs whichever is experienced earlier. But, a commercial Driving License is valid up to three years.

Yes. In case, one is found guilty for not carrying a Driving License then a challan amount or imprisonment or both can be compounded on the guilty.

Any vehicle found under the following conditions can be towed and then fined:
  • Vehicle parked under restricted zone.
  • Vehicle parked in a way to cause inconvenience to the road users.

The following documents should be carried while driving:
  • Driving License
  • Registration certificate
  • Taxation Certificate
  • P.U.C Certificate
  • Insurance Certificate.
  • Fitness Certificate and permit.