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Driving License in Delhi

Learning to drive gives many an exhilarating experience, especially to the ones who are passionate about driving. But as an Indian citizen, you need to own a driving license to be able to drive your motor vehicle. A driving license is a mandatory document issued by the Government of India to freely allow a vehicle owner to operate his vehicle on roads. Over the years, due to a rise in the number of accidents caused by unlicensed individuals, the Delhi government has come up with strict penalties and punishment for individuals driving a motor vehicle without a driving license. Also, in case you are driving a motor vehicle without a valid driving license, then you cannot claim insurance in case of any mishap. So to help you procure a driving license in an easy way, here’s a guide to getting a driving license in Delhi.

Types of Driving License in Delhi

Driving license is issued in Delhi on the basis of following vehicle type:

  • Motor Cycle without gear: this category includes all motor vehicle types such as mopeds and scooters
  • Motor Cycle with gear: this category includes all other motor vehicles having gear
  • Light Motor Vehicle (NT): this category includes hatchbacks, sedans, etc.
  • Transport Vehicles: this category includes vehicles such as trucks, vans, buses, etc.
  • Invalid Carriage
  • Road Roller
  • Motor Vehicles of a specified description

Eligibility Criteria for Obtaining a Driving License in Delhi

In order to apply for a driving license in Delhi, an applicant will have to meet the below eligibility criteria.

  • The applicant should be at least 18 years or above.
  • An applicant applying for a DL should first have a learner’s license
  • The applicant should apply for a driving license after 30 days and within 180 days from the date of issuance of the learner’s license.
  • Applicants have to be aware of all the traffic rules and regulations.

Documents Required for Obtaining Driving License in Delhi

To apply for a driving license in Delhi, here is a list of documents that you need:

  • Form no.4 i.e. the driving license application form
  • Passport size photographs
  • Application fee of Rs. 400
  • Driving certificate form-5, 14 and 15, in case of transport vehicles

Address Proof: Any one of the below documents

  • Ration card
  • Voter’s ID
  • Certified copy of the Voter’s List
  • Passport
  • LIC Policy bond that is 6 months old (This has to be submitted along with the copy of the latest receipt of the policy)

Age Proof: Any one of the below documents

  • Educational certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Attested copy of the passport
  • Certificate issued by the employer if you are working for state/ central government or a local body.

How to apply for a Driving License in Delhi?

With the advent of technology, applying for a driving license in Delhi has become an easy process. You can apply for a driving license in Delhi by following both offline and online procedures.

How to apply for a driving license online in Delhi?

To apply for a driving license online in Delhi, you will have to follow the below steps:

  • Visit the Delhi government transport website- www.delhi.gov.in
  • Fill the application form and submit all the relevant documents online.
  • You will then receive an application number which you will need to submit at the time of the test.
  • You can book a driving test slot online and can also pay the application fees online
  • You will then have to visit the RTO where you have applied for the DL.
  • Your driving license test will be conducted in presence of a motor vehicle inspector who will decide whether you will be issued a DL or not.
  • You will have to take your motor vehicle for the test.
  • If you pass the test, your biometrics will be recorded and photos will be taken
  • Your driving license will be delivered to your registered address by post. Few RTOs in Delhi also let you collect your driving license on the same day you appear for the test.

How to apply for driving license offline in Delhi?

To apply for a driving license in Delhi, you will have to follow the below process:

  • Visit the RTO in your jurisdiction and get form 4
  • Fill and submit the form along with the relevant documents
  • Book a time slot for your driving test. You will have to take your motor vehicle for the test.
  • If you pass the driving test, your fingerprints and photographs will be taken.
  • Your driving license will be delivered at your registered address by post or you can also collect it from the RTO office the same day, in case it is ready to provide the same.

How to apply for a Duplicate Driving License in Delhi?

If your license has been stolen, lost or mutilated then you can easily apply for a duplicate driving license in Delhi by following the below mentioned steps:

Documents required for obtaining a duplicate driving license in Delhi

  • Application form LLD
  • FIR in case of lost driving license
  • Challan clearance report issued by the Delhi Traffic Police
  • Form 1
  • Form 1A for transport vehicles. Not needed if applying for duplicate driving license.
  • Self-attested copy of the valid driving license
  • Fee of Rs. 400

Procedure for application of driving license in Delhi

The applicant will have to fill the form and submit it along with the relevant documents at the RTO. On verification of the documents, the applicant will receive the duplicate DL within a few days. If the license is lost or destroyed, the applicant will have to intimate the loss to the licensing authority and shall apply for the same in writing. If the applicant has not applied for a duplicate DL within 6 months from the date of loss, he will have to obtain a special permit from the transport department headquarters.

How to Renew Driving License in Delhi?

Once the permanent license is issued, it continues to be valid for a period of 20 years or until the age of 50, whichever is earlier. After the expiry of a permanent DL, a grace period of 30 days is offered for its renewal. For renewing a driving license, an applicant can approach the local zonal office.

Documents required for renewal of driving license in Delhi

  • Application form 9
  • 2 copies of passport size photographs
  • Original driving license
  • Self-attested copies of age and address proof
  • Application fee of Rs. 200
  • If the applicant is more than 40 years, form 1A i.e. medical certificate has to be submitted
  • For transport vehicle, driving refreshing training certificate
  • Short period re-fresher training course for all category of commercial vehicles

Procedure for application of renewal of driving license

An applicant will have to submit the form along with the relevant documents at the local zonal office. The fee for a smart card driving license in Delhi is Rs. 200 and an additional fee of Rs. 1000 (each year of part thereof) is applicable.On verification of the documents, the renewed driving license will be issued to the applicant.

How to apply for an International Driving License in Delhi?

An international driving license is acquired by an individual who wishes to drive a motor vehicle on an overseas land. In Delhi, various zonal offices can issue an international driving permit.

An international driving license is valid for a period of 1 year and to avail one, the applicant has to pay a fee of Rs. 1000.

Documents required for obtaining an International driving license in Delhi

  • Application form 4A i.e. Form for application of International driving license
  • Copy of valid driving license
  • Passport and visa
  • Form 1A i.e. medical certificate
  • 4 copies of passport size photographs
  • Applicable fees
  • Age and address proof

The applicant will have to submit the above documents at the RTO office and he can expect the delivery of the IDP within 3 days from the time of application.

Driving Test Procedure in Delhi

In the state of Delhi, a driving license test is conducted as per the rule 15 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Four Wheeler Test:

  • The four-wheeler test in Delhi involves two tests i.e. the ground test and the road test.
  • In the ground test, you will be asked to drive along the marked ‘Straight T’ line and then a ‘U’ turn.
  • In the road test, you will have to again drive the vehicle, but here your knowledge about traffic rules and regulations will be put to test.
  • The test will be conducted in the presence of a Motor Vehicle Inspector.
  • If the Motor Vehicle Inspector is not satisfied with your driving skills and knowledge about traffic rules, etc, then you will have to reappear for the test.

Two-wheeler and three-wheeler test:

  • The two-wheeler and three-wheeler test in Delhi also involve two tests i.e. the ground test and road test.
  • In the ground test, you will be asked to drive along the marked figure of ‘8’ or the ‘Straight T’ test. This is done to check how good you are with reversing and shifting gears of the vehicle.
  • The road test is conducted to check if you comply with traffic rules and regulations while driving the vehicle.
  • If the Motor Vehicle Inspector is not satisfied with your driving skills and knowledge about traffic rules, etc, then you will have to reappear for the test. If you fail the test, then you can apply for the test again after a period of 7 days.

FAQ's on Driving License in Delhi

Why do people hang the ‘L’ size board while driving?

The ‘L’ signboard specifies that the person driving the car holds a learner’s license. Having an ‘L’ signboard acts like a warning to other drivers that such a person is learning driving.

Is commercial driving license in Delhi valid for 20 years?

No, Commercial driving license in Delhi has to be renewed after every 3 years.

How can I check driving license status in Delhi?

You can check your driving license status online by visiting Delhi state transport website and entering your application number and date of birth. You can also check the DL status offline at the nearest RTO office.

Can you provide me with the address of offices that issue DL in Delhi?

You can avail a driving license in Delhi from the offices below:

  • Deputy Director Zonal Office – Central Delhi, ISBT, Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi
  • North-West District-II – DTC Depot, Rohini
  • West District-II- Raja Garden
  • East District –II CBD Ground, SurajmalVihar
  • South-West District – B-Block, Community Centre 1st Floor, Janakpuri

What is the procedure for adding another class of vehicle in my existing driving license?

You can add another vehicle class to your license by following the below procedure.Documents to submit for adding another class of vehicle in your existing driving license:

  • Original learner’s license
  • Original driving license
  • Driving license form i.e. form 5, 14 & 15
  • Application fee of Rs. 1150
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