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What is a Driving Licence and Why is it Necessary?
A Driving Licence is an official document certifying that the holder is suitably qualified to drive a motor vehicle or vehicles. Under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in India, no person can drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds a valid Driving Licence issued to him, authorising him to drive a vehicle of that particular category.

In India, two kinds of Driving Licences are issued: Learner's Licence and Permanent Licence. Learner's Licence is valid only for six months. Permanent Licence can be availed only after the expiry of one month from the date of issuance of the Learner's Licence.

What You Need to Do to Obtain a Driving Licence
A Learner's Licence is essential for obtaining a Permanent Licence. The eligibility for obtaining a Learner's Licence for a private motor vehicle for a vehicle of 50 CC engine capacity and without any gear, is 16 years (if the applicant's parents or guardians give their consent). The minimum age to apply for a permanent licence to drive a private motor vehicle is 18 years.

A person who is at least 20 years old and possesses a Learner's License can obtain a Licence for driving a commercial vehicle. Also, one has to be conversant with the traffic rules and regulations in all the cases.

For obtaining a Learner's Licence, you will need to apply in the prescribed format to the Local Transport Office in your region, along with your passport-sized photographs, proof of your age and residence, declaration of medical fitness and the required fee. After verification of your documents, you will have to go through the Learner's Test. Usually a handbook of traffic rules, signs and regulations is provided with the application form. On passing the Learner's Test, you will be issued a Learner's Licence. If you fail the test, you will be given a chance to take the test again.

For obtaining a Permanent Licence, you must have a valid Learner's Licence, and must apply after 30 days and within 180 days of issue of the Learner's Licence. You should be conversant about vehicle systems, driving, traffic rules regulations. You will be put through a driving test, for which you must bring a vehicle with you. On passing the test, you will be issued a Permanent Driving Licence.

International Driving Licence
The motor licensing authority also issues International Driving Licence to the citizens of India. Application for the International Driving Licence can be made to the licensing authority having jurisdiction over the area in which the holder of the driving licence ordinarily resides or carries on business, along with relevant documents. Citizens of India may drive in foreign countries with an International Driving Licence, which has the maximum validity of one year. Citizens are required to get their licence from the country they're visiting within one year period. Following documents are to be produced at the time of applying for an International Driving Permit :-

  • Valid driving licence
  • Attested copy of address proof
  • Attested copy of Birth Certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Valid Visa
  • Required Fees
  • Two passport size photograph.

Learner's Licence
Need for a Driving Licence
No person shall drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds an effective driving licence issued to him by the Licensing Authority, authorising him to drive the vehicle.

Licensing Authorities
The Joint Commissioner/ Deputy Commissioner and the Regional Transport Officers are the Licensing Authorities. The Administrative Officers and Motor Vehicle Inspectors are the Additional Licensing Authorities.

Age limit to obtain Driving Licence: An applicant who has completed sixteen years of age is eligible to apply for a driving licence to drive a motor cycle with engine capacity below 55 cc subject to the condition that the parent or guardian should furnish a declaration in the manner prescribed.

The applicant who has completed the age of eighteen years of age is eligible to apply for a driving licence to drive a motor vehicle other than a transport vehicle.

An applicant who has completed twenty years of age will be eligible for applying for a licence to drive a transport vehicle.

Permanent Licence
The City of Hyderabad , Ranga Reddy Dt, Vijayawada city provides for online slot- booking to schedule a test of competence at its tracks. Please visit the website for scheduling an appointment. 


  • Schedule an appointment for the test of competence online by visiting the website or any RTO office where such facility exists. In other cases schedule an appointment directly at the Office Concerned.
  • An application in Form 4, for a permanent driving licence shall be made along with the Learners' Licence obtained for such class of vehicle.
  • The applicant who has held a valid Learners' Licence, for a period of at least 30 days, shall be competent to appear for the test of competence.
  • The test of competence will be conducted by the competent authority.
  • The applicant should bring a vehicle of the type to which the application relates.
  • The applicant should satisfy the officer conducting the test regarding his capability to drive the vehicle and his ability to perform the tasks specified in Rule-15(2) of the CMVR.
  • The candidate who passes the test of competence successfully will be issued with a driving licence and sent through speed post to the address funished.
  • Fees as prescribed along with user charges

Renewal Licence
An application for renewal shall be entertained not more than one month before the date of expiry of the licence. If the application is late for more than five years after the date of expiry of the licence, the applicant should undergo all the formalities to obtain a fresh licence. 

If the application for renewal is made previous to, or not more than 30 days after the date of expiry of the licence, the renewal will be made with effect from the date of its expiry. If the application is made more than 30 days after the date of expiry of the licence, the renewal will be made with effect from the date of receipt of proper application. In such cases a fee of Rs. 30/- will be realised.


  1. Driving Licence.
  2. Application Form No.9.
  3. Form No.1 (Self declaration as to the physical fitness for Non-Transport Vehicles) OR Form No. 1A (Medical Certificate for Transport Vehicles only).
  4. Fees as prescribed along with user charges

Duplicate Licence
A duplicate driving licence will be issued in the following circumstances

  1. When the licence is lost or destroyed
  2. When the licence is defaced or torn or completely written up
  3. When the photograph affixed to the licence requires replacement


  1. Application in Form – LLD
  2. Original licence written or defaced if available.
  3. Attested photocopies of DL if available in case of loss of licence.
  4. Fees as prescribed along with user charges

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