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In today’s day and age, owning a motor vehicle has become important as it is the most reliable mode of transport that makes travelling easy for everyone. One of the reasons why people own a motor vehicle is that it is one of the most convenient modes of travel and one does not require you to depend on public transportation. But before you get on the roads, you need to hold a driving license that gives you the liberty to ride or drive your vehicle anywhere, anytime.
A driving license is a legal document that allows an individual to ride either a transport or a non-transport vehicle. There are a number of different rules governing the application of a driving license in different states. The state of Punjab too has its own set of provisions and rules that an individual needs to comply with to obtain a driving license in the state.
So here’s a detailed guide that will help you with the process of obtaining a driving license in Punjab.
A driving license in Punjab is issued on the basis of motor vehicle category that a driver wishes to drive.
Below are the types of driving license issued in the state of Punjab:
The state of Punjab has set out a strict eligibility criterion for applicants looking to avail a driving license in Punjab.
An applicant should meet the below eligibility requirements and he would not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle if he does not comply with the set application criteria.
The applicant should be above 16 years to drive a motorcycle with an engine capacity not exceeding 50 CC.
The applicant should have attained the age of 20 to drive motorcycles with gear and light motor vehicles such as cars, bikes, etc.
The applicant should have attained the age of 20 to drive transport and commercial vehicles.
The applicant should possess a learner’s license and should apply for a permanent driving license after 30 days or within 180 days from the date of issuance of the learner’s license.
An applicant will have to submit the below list of documents if he wants to obtain a driving license in Punjab.
The State Transport Government has made it easy for citizens to avail a driving license by providing both online and offline facility. Both for getting the driving license, an applicant will have to approach the nearest Suwidha Center or Registering Authority. A driving license test will be conducted on the basis of which the applicant will receive a DL.
Here’s how an applicant can apply for DL in Punjab online
Here’s how an applicant can apply for DL in Punjab by following the offline process
A duplicated driving license in Punjab is issued under the following circumstances:
For getting a duplicate driving license, an applicant has to submit the below documents at the RTO office.
Documents required for obtaining a duplicate driving license in Punjab
Duplicate driving license online application process in Punjab
An applicant can apply for a duplicate driving license online in Punjab by following the below steps:
Duplicate driving license offline application process in Punjab
An applicant can apply for a duplicate driving license offline in Punjab by following the below steps:
A driving license issued in Punjab is valid for 20 years or up to the age of 50, whichever is earlier. A driving license issued for a transport vehicle is valid for 3 years. On expiry of the license period, an individual will have to renew his driving license.
Here is how you can renew your driving license in Punjab
Documents required for renewal of driving license in Punjab
Procedure for renewal of driving license in Punjab
An applicant can download the renewal form online from parivahan.gov.in or can collect the form from the RT.
The applicant applying for renewal of driving license online in Punjab can submit the required details online and can also upload the documents online. On doing this, he will receive a receipt of the acknowledgement. The applicant will have to show the receipt and the documents submitted online at the RTO. On verification of the documents, a renewed DL will be issued to the applicant.
If the applicant does not wish to upload documents online, then an application form for DL renewal in Punjab can be downloaded directly from Punjab Government’s transport website- olps.punjabtransport.org/forms.aspx
If applying offline, then the applicant will have to collect the form from the RTO and attach all the documents and submit it there. He will then receive the renewed driving license on the verification of the documents and the form submitted.
Note: Driving license has to be renewed within 30 days from the date of expiry. If the applicant misses out on renewing the DL within the grace period, then he will be charged an additional late renewal fee along with the nominal renewal charges.
In Punjab, you can easily obtain an International driving license by following the below-mentioned steps. An International Driving Permit issued in Punjab is valid for a period of 1 year.
Documents required for obtaining International Driving Permit in Punjab
Procedure for application of an International driving license in Punjab
An applicant applying for an International driving license can do so by following both online or offline procedure.
Online application process for obtaining an IDP in Punjab
Offline application process for obtaining an IDP in Punjab
If the applicant does not wish to upload documents online, then an application form can be downloaded directly from Punjab Government’s transport website- olps.punjabtransport.org/forms.aspx
For applicants applying offline, the below procedure has to be followed
In order to get a driving license, an applicant has to go through a driving license test which will be conducted to gauge his driving skills. The state of Punjab has over 32 driving test centers out of which 28 have automated tracks, meaning the tracks are equipped with cameras and sensors that monitor a candidate’s driving skills. If the candidate passes the test, then a ‘no-objection’ pop up is displayed on the motor vehicle inspector’s computer screen, meaning that the candidate has passed the test.
To pass a four-wheeler test, a candidate has to drive the vehicle through a small hill, an ‘S-shaped track’ and ‘8-shaped track’. The candidate has to park his vehicle without letting it touch the white lines drawn on the track.
How to know about driving license status in Punjab?
You can check your driving license status by visiting the RTO office or you can check in online on sarathi.nic.in. On the website, click on status of license and then select the state and enter your DL number and date of birth.
What is the validity of learner’s license in Punjab?
A learner’s license issued in Punjab is valid for a period of 6 months.
Why is driving test conducted in Punjab?
A driving test is conducted in Punjab by a licensing authority to determine whether the applicant is good enough to drive a vehicle in public areas. The test is conducted on the type of vehicle the applicant has applied for.
Do I have to be physically present to appear for the driving license test or can I get it done online?
No, it is mandatory for an applicant to present himself in front of a licensing authority to avail a permanent driving license.
What is the fee for addition of new class to driving license?
To add a new class to your existing driving license, you will have to pay a fee of Rs. 50.