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Chandigarh is a well-known city and union territory of India. It is a capital of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. The city has its own transport department that ensures efficient and effective working of the public transportation system and other transport related activities. The Chandigarh transport department is also entrusted with the responsibility of issuance of driving licenses, duplicate driving licenses, renewal of DLs, grant of International driving license and others.
Chandigarh Administrations’ transport department has digitalized the process of obtaining driving licenses online due to which it has now become easy for the residents of the city to obtain a DL in Chandigarh. And, as we all know that driving a motorized vehicle in Indian requires a valid driving license, here’s a brief about the process of obtaining a driving license in Chandigarh.
A vehicle insurance policy is mandatory for every vehicle registered at Chandigarh RTO as per The Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
In Chandigarh, different types of driving licenses are issued on the basis of the motor vehicle type you wish to drive or ride. So here are categories of driving licenses issued in Chandigarh.
Motorcycles with and without gear: This type of license is issued to individuals who wish to drive motorcycles such as scooters, bikes, mopeds, etc. This type of license includes both motorcycles with and without gear.
Light Motor Vehicles: This type of license is issued to individuals who wish to drive light motor vehicles such as two-wheelers, cars, auto rickshaws and others. This type of license includes both geared and automatic vehicles and is issued only for private vehicles.
Commercial vehicles: This type of license is issued to individuals who wish to drive a motor vehicle for commercial purposes. This will include vehicles such as cabs, small transport vans, jeeps, etc.
Transport vehicles: This type of license is issued to individuals who wish to drive vehicles such as trucks, tempos, buses, jeeps, large vans, etc. This type of license includes both medium and heavy vehicles.
An applicant applying for a driving license in Chandigarh is supposed to meet the following eligibility requirements.
To be eligible to drive a motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 50.c.c, the applicant should have attained the age of 16 years. In case the applicant is a minor and is applying for a license for a vehicle not exceeding the engine capacity of 50.c.c, then the application form should be signed by a parent/guardian, giving consent for obtaining the same.
To be eligible to drive a motorcycle with engine capacity exceeding 50.c.c or even a light motor vehicle, the applicant should have attained the age of 18 years.
To be eligible to drive a transport vehicle including medium and heavy vehicles, the applicant should have attained the age of 20 years.
The applicant should be well versed with traffic rules and regulations.
For the applicant to be eligible to obtain a driving license, first he/she has to obtain a learner’s license only after which he will be allowed to apply for a permanent DL.
The applicant can apply for a permanent driving license after 30 days and within 180 days from the date of obtaining the learner’s license.
Here is a list of documents that an applicant needs to provide while applying for a driving license in Chandigarh:
Applying for a driving license in Chandigarh is a quick and hassle-free process as you can easily apply for it online or at the RLA office too. Given below is the procedure for both online and offline application process.
How to apply for a driving license online in Chandigarh?
How to apply for a driving license offline in Chandigarh?
If you are residing in Chandigarh and are looking to avail a duplicate driving license, then you can easily do so online by following the below steps. Also, a duplicate driving license can be availed only if its stolen, misplaced or torn.
Documents required for obtaining a duplicate driving license in Chandigarh
Online procedure for obtaining a duplicate driving license
Offline procedure for obtaining a duplicate driving license
In Chandigarh, a driving licence is valid for 20 years or until the age of 50, whichever is earlier. After the date of expiry, a DL issued in Chandigarh is subjected to renewal, and for its renewal, an applicant will have to follow the below mentioned procedure. Note: An applicant applying for renewal of driving license in Chandigarh has to apply for it 30 days before the date of expiry of the licence.
Documents required for renewal of driving license in Chandigarh
Steps for renewal of driving license online in Chandigarh
Steps for renewal of driving license offline/ RLA office in Chandigarh
The applicant will have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 50 per year for late renewal of the driving license.
An individual residing in Chandigarh can apply for an International driving license by following the below mentioned steps. An International driving license can be availed by any individual wishing to drive a motor vehicle in a foreign land. This license issued in Chandigarh is valid for a period of 1 year and also requires an applicant to hold a permanent driving license issued in the city. The Chandigarh Administration Transport Department does not provide an online application facility for availing an International driving permit, but only allows the applicant to download the form online.
Documents required for obtaining an International Driving License in Chandigarh
Procedure for application of obtaining an International Driving License in Chandigarh
Rule 15 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989 states that an applicant has to pass the ‘Test of Competence Test’ to obtain a driving license. In the Union Territory of Chandigarh, a driving test is conducted as per the rule of MVA and below is the procedure mentioned for the same.
The applicant is expected to display his driving skills by successfully driving along the test tracks by following the road signs and markings done on the track. Applicant will have to drive along various curves, incline and decline features, T-intersections, reverse from a blind alley and others. The driving test is conducted in the presence of the Motor Vehicle Inspector on whose satisfaction the driving license will be issued to the applicant.
So, an applicant has to make sure that he does the following things correctly, in order to pass the test:
What to do if a person applying for a driving license in Chandigarh does not have a birth certificate?
If the person applying for a DL in Chandigarh does not have a birth certificate, then an age confirmation certificate is required to be obtained from any government hospital.
What if an applicant fails the driving license test?
If an applicant fails the driving license test, then he can reappear for the test after 7 days from the date of failing the test.
How can I check driving license status in Chandigarh?
You can check driving license status in Chandigarh on sarathi.nic.in. Click on status of license and enter your DL number and date of birth. On doing this, the driving license status will be displayed on the homepage.
What is the fee for obtaining learner’s license in Chandigarh?
The fee for obtaining a learner’s license in Chandigarh is Rs. 950/-
Can the form for conductor license be availed online?
No, the form for conductor’s license cannot be availed online.