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Driving License in Maharashtra

A driving license is one of the most important documents you can possess as it gives you the legal freedom to drive your motorised vehicle on Indian roads. A DL also serves as a document of your identity proof, age and address proof. The State Transport Department of Maharashtra is responsible for the swift working of the road transport system in the state and one of its primary duties is to issue a driving license to its citizens.

In India, different states have various rules regarding driving license and Maharashtra Transport Department too has a set of rules governing the issuance of driving licenses and other matters related to it. So here is all you need to know about driving license in Maharashtra.

Types of Driving License in Maharashtra

You can opt for a driving license in Maharashtra on the basis of the type of vehicle you wish to drive. The state transport department of Maharashtra offers you the below types of driving license you wish to operate.

Transport Vehicle: Applicants who want to drive commercial and goods carriage vehicles can apply for this driving license type.

A transport vehicle driving license is further classified into the following types/categories:

  • Light Motor Vehicle: this driving license type includes light motor vehicles such as jeeps, auto rickshaws, delivery vans, etc.
  • Medium Passenger Vehicle: this category includes tempos, minivans used for ferrying passengers
  • Medium Goods Vehicle: this category includes tempos, delivery trucks/vans used for transportation of goods
  • Heavy Passenger Vehicle: this category includes large buses used for transport of passengers
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle: this category includes vehicles such as huge trucks and vans used for commercial transport of goods.
  • Road roller

Non-Transport Vehicle: Applicants who want to drive private vehicles can opt for a non-transport vehicle.

A non-transport driving license type is based on the following categories of DL:

  • Motorcycles with gear: this category includes all motor vehicle types having gear transmission.
  • Motorcycles without gear: this category includes vehicles such as mopeds and scooters
  • Light motor vehicle: this category includes hatchbacks, sedans, etc.

Eligibility Criteria for obtaining a Driving License in Maharashtra

Before applying for a driving license, it’s important you meet the requirements of the eligibility criteria for obtaining a DL in Maharashtra.

  • To be eligible to apply for a permanent driving license in Maharashtra, an individual should first have a learner’s license.
  • An individual can apply for a permanent DL 30 days after the learner’s license is issued and within 180 days from the date of issue of the learner’s license
  • To apply for a driving license for a two-wheeler with engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc, individuals should be above the age of 16 years.
  • To apply for a driving license for a motor vehicle such as a car, sedan, etc, an individual should be above the age of 20 years.

Documents required for obtaining a Driving License in Maharashtra

The below documents are required for obtaining a driving license in Maharashtra.

Age proof: (An applicant can submit any one document from the following)

  • Birth Certificate
  • Voter’s ID card
  • School leaving certificate
  • Pan card
  • Passport

Address proof: (An applicant can submit any one document from the following)

  • Passport
  • Life insurance policy
  • Ration card
  • Utility bills such as electricity bill, telephone bill, etc
  • Pay slip issued by the state or central government

Other documents:

  • Original learner’s license
  • Application form no.4
  • 3 passport size photographs

In case of application of driving license for a commercial vehicle, a certificate issued from a driving school needs to be submitted All the documents such as car insurance, RC certificate related to the car being used for driving test need to be produced.

How to Apply For Driving License in Maharashtra?

In Maharashtra, an applicant can apply for a driving license by following the below-mentioned offline and online process.

Online application Process for Driving License in Maharashtra:

The Maharashtra state government has made driving application process an easy procedure as you can now easily get the form online and can also submit documents online.

You will have to follow the below steps to get a driving license online in Maharashtra:

  • Visit sarathi.nic.in, ministry of road transport and highways website.
  • On the homepage, click on the ‘driving license’ tab and download the form for a new driving license. You will get form number 4 i.e. the application form for obtaining a permanent driving license.
  • Fill in all the details in the form and submit the form online with the supporting documents.
  • You will then receive an application number and a notification notifying you that your application has been processed.
  • You can then go ahead and book an appointment for your driving license test.
  • To book an appointment for your driving license test, you will have to follow the below procedure:
  • Visit sarathi.nic.in and on the homepage select the ‘appointment for slot booking’ option.
  • Fill in your details on the page and select the suitable date and time for your test.
  • Once you have scheduled the appointment, visit the RTO for your driving with your original documents.
  • If you pass the test, you will receive your driving license by post at your registered address.

Offline application process for Maharashtra driving license

Individuals in Maharashtra can apply for a driving license offline by visiting the nearest RTO office in their area.

  • You will have to procure the form from the RTO office and submit it there with all the relevant documents.
  • On submission of the form and documents, your application will be verified and you will get a confirmation about your eligibility for DL.
  • If you are eligible, then you will have to visit the RTO office for your driving test.
  • For the driving test, you will have to carry all your original documents.
  • If you pass the test, you will have to receive your driving license by post.

How to Get a Duplicate Driving License in Maharashtra?

In Maharashtra, you can apply for a duplicate driving license under the below-mentioned conditions: In case of theft, loss or damage caused to DL In case of mutilation or if the DL is torn In case of smart card DL, if the chip is damaged A duplicate driving license is not issued to individuals who have been barred from applying it or to those who already possess one.

Documents required for obtaining a driving license in Maharashtra: Application form LLD i.e. form for application of a duplicate driving license FIR copy and license number in case the licence is stolen and Original driving license Passport size photographs

Procedure for applying for a driving license in Maharashtra: An applicant is required to submit the application form and relevant documents at the RTO office in person In case the applicant has changed his state/city, he will have to get a no objection certificate from the RTO that provided him with the original DL. On submission of all the documents and fees, the RTO will then verify all the documents and the driving license will be issued to the applicant. Note: If you have not applied for a duplicate driving license within 6 months from the date of its loss/theft, then you will have to send an application to the headquarters of the transport department for approval.

How to Renew Driving License in Maharashtra?

Ideally, a driving license is valid for a period of 20 years or until the age of 50, whichever is earlier. In Maharashtra, an individual can renew a driving license within 30 days from the date of expiry.

Individuals who want to renew their driving license in Maharashtra can follow the below renewal process:

  • The individual will have to visit the RTO office in person and collect the renewal form.
  • The form will then have to be filled and submitted to the RTO office along with the relevant documents.
  • On submission of the form and documents, the applicant will have to pay a fee of Rs. 416and will receive a receipt of the application fee.
  • The applicant will then receive the renewed driving license by post at their registered address.
  • Driving license that has lapsed over 5 years cannot be renewed and the applicant will have to apply for a fresh driving license and also appear for the driving test.
  • Individuals who have been barred from applying for a driving license are not eligible to apply.

Documents required for renewal of driving license in Maharashtra

  • Form 9 i.e. the form for renewal of driving license
  • Form 1 i.e. the form of physical fitness declaration
  • Form 1(A) i.e. the form for a medical certificate. Individuals above 50 years have to submit this form.
  • 3 passport size photographs
  • No objection certificate has to be submitted if the renewal has to be done at the RTO other than the RTO that provided you with the original driving license
  • Application fees of Rs. 416

How to Apply for an International driving license in Maharashtra?

If you are a resident of Maharashtra having a desire to drive overseas, then here’s how you can apply for an International driving license in Maharashtra:

Eligibility criteria for obtaining an international driving license in Maharashtra:

  • Applicants have to be above the age of 18 and must possess a valid Indian driving license
  • If the applicant is making an application within 3 months from the date of issue of driving license, then he will have to appear for a driving test.
  • Individuals whose licenses have been revoked cannot apply for an IDP

Documents required for obtaining an international driving license in Maharashtra:

  • Application form
  • Copy of Indian driving license
  • Medical certificate
  • Passport and visa
  • Procedure for applying for an International driving license in Maharashtra
  • Applicants are required to submit the application form and other documents at the RTO in person
  • On verification, the license will be sent to the registered postal address of the applicant

FAQs on Maharashtra Driving License

What is the procedure for address change in a Maharashtra Driving License?

To change your address details in a driving license, you will have to do the following: You will have to submit documents such as application form, current driving license copy, no objection certificate from the original licensing authority, application fee and new address proof.These documents have to be submitted to the RTO office and on verification of these, you will receive the new DL with the updated address within 7 days.

Remember you will have to notify the RTO about the address change within 7 days from the date of the change in address.

Where can I get a learner’s license in Maharashtra?

You can get a learner’s license in Maharashtra online and offline too. You will have to visit the nearest RTO office, get the application form 2 and fill and submit it along with the relevant documents at the RTO office. You can also get a learner’s license online by downloading the form online and then submitting it along with the documents at the RTO office.

Do I have to give a test for getting an International driving license?

No, you don’t have to give a driving test for getting an International driving license. But you will have to appear for the test if you are applying for an IDP within 3 months from the date of procuring a permanent driving license.

Do I have to take my own car for giving driving license test in Maharashtra?

Yes, you will have to take your own vehicle for giving DL test in Maharashtra.

How to make corrections in a driving license in Maharashtra?

Since driving license is an important identity document one possesses, it’s important that there is no mistake in any of the details mentioned in the license. If there’s any minor error in your address, name, date of birth, etc., then you can follow the below-mentioned procedure to get any changes incorporated in your driving license in Maharashtra. The application for correction in any detail can be made at the RTO which issued the DL. You will have to submit the below-mentioned forms and documents:

  • Application form
  • In case of any change, you will have to submit supporting documents such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, gazette notification, etc.
  • Copy of the driving license On submission of the application form, a receipt of acknowledgement will be provided and a fresh driving license will be issued within a period of 7 days. The new driving license will be sent by post to the applicant's registered address.
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