How to apply for a driving licence online
How to apply for Learners Licence Online
❐ Applicants who wish to apply for a Learners 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 Learners 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 driving licence.
❐ Documents To Be Submitted for Applying Learners Licence :
✔ 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-
✔ Ration card.
✔ Life Insurance policy.
✔ Voters identity card.
✔ Affidavit sworn before a Public Notary or a Judicial Magistrate.
✔ Proof of age: any of the following can be submitted towards proof of age-
✔ Voters identity card.
✔ Birth certificate.
✔ School matriculation certificate.
✔ Life insurance policy.
✔ Affidavit sworn before a Public Notary or Magistrate.
❐ Learners Licence Test Slot Booking :
❐ Applicants from the following states cannot book a slot for their Learners Licence tests through the Sarathi website:
✔ Andaman and Nicobar Islands
✔ Andhra Pradesh
✔ Arunachal Pradesh
✔ Madhya Pradesh
✔ Tamil Nadu
✔ 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 applicants 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 acknowledgement will be displayed on screen.
✔ The applicant is to be present at the test centre at the appointed time with the original documents and the acknowledgement.
How to apply for driving licence online
How to submit your driving licence application form
❐ Visit the Sarathi website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
❐ On your left hand side, you will see options under “Driving Licence”.
❐ Choose “Apply Online” option and from the drop down choose “New Driving Licence”.
❐ You will now see instructions for submitting your driving licence application form. Please read the instructions carefully and click on the “Continue” button to proceed.
❐ Once you click on the “Continue” button, will be asked if you are holding a Learners Licence, a Foreign DL, or a Defence Licence. Tick the appropriate box and proceed.
❐ Based on what you selected above, you will be asked for the Learners Licence Number/Foreign DL NUmber/ Defence Licence Number.
❐ You will also be asked to enter your date of birth in DDMMYYYY format.
❐ Once you fill the information asked, please click on “OK”.
❐ In this form, you will be asked to fill up your personal details like your name, age, and address.
❐ Once you click on all the details, you will be asked to upload all the required supporting documents like address proof, age proof, and identity proof.
❐ You may be asked to upload a passport size photograph and your signature. Please keep the scanned copies for the same ready.
❐ Once you have uploaded all the documents, you will be asked to choose the timing for your DL appointment. Please select the date and the time when you will be available to go directly to the RTO and appear for your DL test.
❐ Once you make the payment to submit your driving licence application form, your application will be successfully sent to the RTO.
❐ On your appointment day, make sure you reach few minutes early and give your test.
Application Number Search:
❐ To get applicant details, you have to do the following:
❐ Choose the state from the Select State Name drop down menu.
❐ Once you do that, you will get an option to choose the RTO. Select the RTO name from the RTO Name drop down menu.
❐ Enter your first name, middle name, last name and date of birth.
❐ Enter the captcha code.
❐ Click on Submit.
Documents Required To Be Submitted For Driving Licence (DL) :
The following list of documents are to be submitted along with the application form (form 9):
❐ Proof of address: Any one of the following document can be submitted as proof of address-
✔ Ration card.
✔ Voters identity card (EPIC Card).
✔ Life insurance policy.
✔ Utility bills like electricity, telephone bill, gas bill.
✔ State or Central Government issued payslip.
❐ Proof of age:
any one of the following can be submitted as proof of age-
✔ Pan Card.
✔ School matriculation certificate.
✔ Voters identity card (EPIC card).
✔ Birth certificate.
✔ Driving school certificate (for transport vehicle driving licence applicants).
✔ All documents pertaining to the vehicle to be used for the driving test.
✔ Passport-sized photograph.
❐ Does and Donts
✔ 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 Learners Licence is valid only for 6 months.
✔ DO NOT submit fraudulent documents along with your application as you will be liable for penal action.
✔ DO NOT forget to attach a copy of your Learners Licence when applying for a Driving Licence.
✔ DO NOT drive or ride (this includes while practicing) without a valid licence or documentation with you at all times.
✔ In case of Learners Licence holders, DO NOT ride or drive without a licence holder present. Being caught driving/riding alone could disqualify you from obtaining a Driving Licence.
How to check driving licence status?
❐ Steps to Check Driving Licence Application Status
✔ On the main page, you will be asked to select the state you took the DL service from. Please choose the respective state and proceed.
✔ As soon as you select the state, your page will be redirected to the main page where you find an array of options.
✔ On your left hand side, under “Driving Licence”, expand the options under the “Apply Online” tab.
✔ Choose “Application Status” from the options.
✔ Once you choose Application Status”, you will be asked to enter the Application Number and your date of birth, and click on “Submit”.
✔ Once you submit the information, you will see the status of your driving licence application on the screen.
❐ How To Check Your Driving License Status With Your Name Online?
✔ Visit the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways official website
✔ You will be asked to enter your application number. Once you submit your DL application request, a officer will issue you the application number.
✔ Select the state you reside in or applied for the DL from the drop down.
✔ Select the name of the Regional Transport Office(RTO) from the drop down and click on “Submit”.
✔ You will be able to see your details like your name and the status of your DL online.
❐ Facts about your driving licence status:
✔ Please know that it generally takes about a month for the driving licence to be delivered to you from the time you have applied for it. So, being patient is the key here.
✔ Having said that, the Government of India and all RTOs are constantly coming up with ways to expertise the process and are allow you to check for your DL status online on their portal.
✔ Before applying for a driving licence, you should have a Learners Licence (LL). Without LL, you will not be allowed to apply for a DL irrespective of how well you drive or how old you are.
✔ Driving licence issued in India, like any other international DL. comes with an expiry date. On or before the expiry date, you should renew your DL. You will have to follow the DL renewal process to get an updated DL.
✔ If your DL is torn, damaged, or lost, you can go ahead and apply for a duplicate DL. You will be able to apply for a duplicate DL online.
✔ The International Driving Licence issued in India is accepted almost in all the countries in the world. So, if you are planning for an international trip, apply for it a month in advance.
Smartcard Driving licence
❐ Documentation for Smart Card DL :
✔ Completely filled application form for Smart Card Driving License.
✔ Medical Certificate - Form 1 A and 1 which is to be signed by a certified Government doctor (if applicable).
✔ Application Fees
✔ Copies of passport size photographs
❐ Age Proof - any one document from the below given list:
✔ 10th Class mark sheet
✔ PAN Card
✔ Transfer certificate from any school (with date of birth printed on it)
✔ Birth Certificate
❐ Address Proof - any one of the below given documents
✔ Aadhaar Card
✔ Ration Card
✔ House Agreement
✔ Recent utility bills (gas bill / electricity bill or telephone bill)
✔ In case you reside in other city, you can submit a copy of recent utility bill plus the rental agreement as address proof. Alternatively, you can also get a letter from your employer stating that you reside in this city.
❐ Online Process for getting a Smart Card Driving License
✔ Visit the transport department website for your state from where the online application form for Smart Card Driving License can be obtained . The required form must be downloaded and filled in correctly.
✔ Find out the list of documents that you must attach with the application form for your profile. You can refer to the list of documents given in the previous section.
✔ Refer to the table of fees and charges which will be outlined in the RTO website to find out how much you will be paying towards Smart Card Driving License.
✔ You must visit the RTO in your area to apply for the Smart Card driving licence. You can also book an appointment online with the concerned RTO in your city/locality to get your smart card driving licence.
✔ Once at the RTO office, you must first get your documents checked / verified by the concerned officer and then proceed to pay the fee at the counter. following this, you will be required to give your bio-metrics at the counter where your photograph, fingerprints, and other personal details will be recorded for the database. With the help of recent changes in the process, you can also verify the information being fed into the database for factual correctness. Applicants will be allowed to cross check the information which they have provided and can point out in case of any errors.
✔ You must then take a driving test and successfully complete the test to get a Smart Card Driving License. The SCDL will be sent to the registered address via speed post.
❐ Offline Process for getting a Smart Card Driving License
✔ You can also get a Smart Card Driving License directly at the RTO without any hassles. Follow the steps given below to apply and get a Smart Card Driving License.
✔ Check if your state has the Smart Card Driving License facility. It is relatively easy to convert your existing Driving License to Smart Card Driving License - all you have to do is visit the RTO, fill an application form, pay the fee and record your biometric details.
✔ If you hold only a Learner License and if you are applying for a permanent Driving License, you must get the application form for Smart Card Driving License and fill it completely.
✔ Attach photographs wherever necessary and also attach the supporting documents like address proof and age proof. Submit the application form and choose a slot to take your Driving test.
✔ Be present at the venue on the date and time that you have selected to take your Driving License test. If you pass the test successfully, you biometric details like fingerprints, signature and photograph will be taken to be recorded in the Smart Card Driving License.
✔ The Smart Card Driving License will be sent to the registered address via speed post.