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Learning License in West Bengal

A learning license is a government authorised document that gives an individual the right to learn driving in public areas of West Bengal in the company of an individual who holds a permanent DL. Due to the number of casualties on Indian roads, the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has made it mandatory for an individual to obtain a permanent DL. However, before applying for a permanent DL, an individual has to obtain a learning license. A learning license acts as a restricted license that is valid for a period of 6 months. An application for a permanent driving license can be made after 30 days or within 180 days from the date of issuance of the learner’s license. To qualify to obtain a learning license in West Bengal, an applicant is required to follow the LL application process mentioned below.

Types of Learning License in West Bengal

It is compulsory to obtain a learner’s license for the type of vehicle an Individual wants to drive. The West Bengal RTO issues the below types of learning licenses to individuals in West Bengal.

  • Learning license for a motorcycle without gear: This type of learning license is issued by the WB RTO to individuals who want to drive motorcycles without gear such as scooters and mopeds.

  • Learning license for a light motor vehicle: This type of learning license is issued to give an individual the freedom to learn to drive light motor vehicles such as a car, bike, etc.

  • Learning license for a commercial vehicle: This type of learning license is issued to individuals who want to learn to drive vehicles such as lorries, trucks, trailers, etc.

Eligibility Criteria for Obtaining a Learning License in West Bengal

The below eligibility criteria are mentioned by the West Bengal RTO depending on the type of vehicle an individual wants to drive.

  • For learning to drive a private vehicle, an individual should have completed the age of 18 years.
  • For learning to drive a commercial vehicle, an individual should have completed the age of 20 years.
  • For learning to drive a motor vehicle not exceeding an engine capacity of 50cc, an individual should have completed the age of 18 years.
  • An individual applying for a West Bengal learning license should be conversant with traffic rules and regulations.
  • An individual holding a permanent DL for a light motor vehicle for not less than 1 year, can apply for a learning license for a commercial vehicle.

Documents Required for Obtaining a Learning License in West Bengal

The below documents have to be submitted to the West Bengal RTO for obtaining a learning license in WB

  • Application Form 2
  • Applicable Application fee
  • Applicable fee for the learning license test
  • Age and address proof documents such as PAN card, Aadhar Card, school certificate, birth certificate, LIC policy bond, etc.
  • Medical fitness certificate Form 1A
  • Physical fitness Form 1
  • Recent passport size photographs

How to Obtain a Learning License in West Bengal?

To obtain a driving license in West Bengal, an applicant will have to first obtain a learning license in the state by following the LL application process mentioned below.

Online application process for obtaining a learner’s license in West Bengal

  • Visit Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Website- parivahan.gov.in/parivahan
  • Click on online services and select driving license related services
  • Enter the name of the state
  • Click on apply online and select new driving license
  • Fill the application form
  • Upload scanned copies of the documents
  • Book a learning license test slot
  • Learning license test slot can also be booked online through www.aptransport.org/
  • Appear for the learning license test on the given date and test
  • The learning license is issued to the applicant on passing the test

Offline application process for obtaining a learner’s license in West Bengal

  • Visit the nearest RTO office
  • Download the form online through West Bengal Transport Government Website transport.wb.gov.in/ or collect the form from the RTO.
  • Fill out the form and submit it to the RTO along with the required documents
  • Pay the application fees
  • Book a slot for the learner’s license test
  • Visit the RTO on the date of the test
  • On passing the test, the learning license is issued to the applicant .

How to Obtain a Duplicate Driving License in West Bengal?

A driving license not only acts as an official document but also as an important identity proof. An applicant can apply for a permanent DL in West Bengal only after getting a learning license. An application for a permanent DL can be made after 30 days or within 180 days from the date of issuance of the learning license. However, if an individual loses the permanent DL within a period of 6 months i.e. the validity of 6 months, then he can obtain a duplicate learning license.

A duplicate learning license in West Bengal is issued to an individual who loses his original LL due to theft, damage or its loss.

Documents required for obtaining a duplicate learning license in West Bengal

  • Applicable application fee
  • Age and address proof documents
  • Learning license details
  • FIR copy, if the original learning license is lost

Procedure to obtain a duplicate learning license in West Bengal

To obtain a duplicate learning license in WB, an applicant has to first make a written application at the RTO. The applicant has to also file an affidavit stating the loss and declaring that he shall rightfully return the learning license if found. An application has to be made at the RTO either directly at the RTO or online through Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Website- parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/. The applicant has to visit the RTO for verification of the documents. On the basis of verification of the documents, the duplicate LL is issued to the applicant.

Learning License Test Procedure in West Bengal

Learning license is issued to an individual as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. To obtain a learning license, an individual has to pass the learning license test that assesses his knowledge of traffic rules and regulations. The test is conducted in the presence of a Motor Vehicles Inspector at the RTO. Depending on the qualification of the applicant, the test is conducted either online or in writing. On passing the test, the learning license is issued to the applicant. On failing the test, the applicant can re-appear for the test after 7 days.

FAQs on Learning License in West Bengal

Can I practice driving in public areas of West Bengal using my friends learning license?

No, you cannot practice driving in public areas of WB using your friends learning license.

Is learning license issued in West Bengal renewable?

An individual can renew his learning license issued in West Bengal if he does not apply for a permanent DL within a period of 6 months.

How can I get my address changed on the learner’s license issued in WB?

To get your address changed on learning license issued in West Bengal, you will have to make a written application at the RTO, address proof and the applicable application fees.

What is the validity of a learner’s license issued in West Bengal?

The validity of a learner’s license issued in West Bengal is 6 months.

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