In order to drive a vehicle in India, you must hold a valid licence. For those people who are still learning, a learner’s licence is mandatory whereas for those who have cleared their test successfully, a valid permanent driving licence is required. The process for applying for a learner’s or a driver’s licence is quite simple and can be done online or at the RTO nearest to your address. There is an application fee that must be paid when applying for any licence in India and this fee can also be paid online or at the RTO office.
When it comes to setting the fees for licences in India, it is the Central Motor Vehicle Rules that are applied and in January 2017, those rules were amended for the 22nd time. These new amendments brought along a host of updated fees. The new fees are applied to every kind of required document when it comes to driving in the country. So, whether it’s a learner’s licence, a driving licence, international driving licence, registrations for vehicles, or fitness certificates, this updated fee structure can help you make the correct payments for your vehicle.
Here is a list of all the issues you can find with regards to your licence. There is also the old and revised fee structure listed for individual issues.
|Licence Related Issues||Old Fee||New Fee|
|Learner’s Licence Application||Rs. 30||Rs. 200|
|Learner’s Licence Renewal||Rs. 40||Rs. 200|
|International Driving Licence Application||Rs. 500||Rs. 1,000|
|Fees for Driving Licence||Rs. 40||Rs. 200|
|Fees for Driving Licence Test||Rs. 50||Rs. 300|
|Driving Licence Renewal||Rs. 50||Rs. 200|
|Driving School Licence Issue and Renewal||Rs. 2,000||Rs. 10,000|
|Issuing a Renewed Driving Licence||Rs. 50||Rs. 200|
|Fee for Appeal Against RTO||Rs. 100||Rs. 500|
|Issuing Driving Schools with Duplicate Licence||Rs. 2,000||Rs. 5,000|
With the ongoing pandemic, it is difficult to step out and make any kind of payment at the RTO. Thankfully, all the services provided by the RTO are available online and the fee payment options is one of them. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website has its own page called Parivahan Sewa through which licence holders can make the fee payment online without having to stand in lengthy queues and risk getting sick. Paying the fees online requires a smartphone or a computer and an internet connection. Here are the steps you can follow to complete a successful fee payment online:
As mentioned earlier, the Central Motor Vehicle Rules have updated the fee structure for all drivers and driving licence holders in the country. This has seen a significant increase the fees which helps keep drivers in check when it comes to breaking any laws. In most cases, the fees have increased by up to 5 times and drivers should be aware of this before they think about driving with an invalid driving licence. Here are some of the updated driving licence related issues and their corresponding fees:
|Licence Related Issues||Old Fee||New Fee|
|Applying for a new learner’s licence||Rs. 30||Rs. 200|
|Renewing a learner’s licence||Rs. 40||Rs. 200|
|Applying for an International driving licence||Rs. 500||Rs. 1,000|
|Applying for a new driving licence||Rs. 40||Rs. 200|
|Driving licence test||Rs. 50||Rs. 300|
|Renewing a driving licence||Rs. 50||Rs. 200|
|Driving school licence issue and renewal||Rs. 2,000||Rs. 10,000|
|Issuing a renewed driving licence||Rs. 50||Rs. 200|
|Fee for appeal against RTO||Rs. 100||Rs. 500|
|Issuing driving schools with duplicate licence||Rs. 2,000||Rs. 5,000|
Along with the driving licence fee structure, the registration fees have also been changed in India since the Central Motor Vehicle Rules amendment. Here is a table including the registration type and fees for them:
|Type of Registration||Old Fees||New Fees|
|Hypothecation of Two-Wheeler Vehicle||Rs. 100||Rs. 500|
|Registration of Motorbike||Rs. 60||Rs. 50|
|Hypothecation of Three-Wheeler Vehicle||Rs. 100||Rs. 1,500|
|Hypothecation of Medium and Heavy Vehicles||Rs. 100||Rs. 3,000|
|Licence for Transport for Autos and Cars with a White Board||Rs. 200||Rs. 600|
|Licence for Transport for Autos and Cars with a Yellow Board||Rs. 300||Rs. 1,000|
|Cargo and Passenger Vehicles||Rs. 400||Rs. 1,000|
|Heavy Cargo and Passenger Vehicles||Rs. 600||Rs. 1,500|
|Fee for Imported Vehicles||Rs. 800||Rs. 5,000|
|Fee for Imported Motorcycles||Rs. 200||Rs. 2,000|
Q: Will I get a refund of the fees if I do not successfully clear the driving test?
A: No. The driving licence test fee will not be refunded if the applicant fails the test.
Q: How do I pay my DL retest fee?
A: You can pay the retest fee or any driving licence on the Parivahan website.
Q: Is the driving licence tax deductible?
A: Only when the driving licence qualifies as a business expense shall it be considered as tax-deductible.
Q: Is the driving licence fee the same for all types of vehicles and all types of licences?
A: Depending on the licence being applied for, the fee structure changes. A new learner’s licence costs Rs. 200 while a new International driving licence costs Rs. 1,000. Renewing a learner’s licence costs Rs. 200 as well and a driving licence test is Rs. 300. A complete breakdown of the fee structure is available at the Parivahan website – https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/.
Q: What are the fees for 4 wheeler driving Licence?
A: The fees for a driving licence for a four-wheeler is Rs. 200 whereas a driving licence test costs Rs. 300 and driving licence renewal costs Rs. 200.
Q: Is it illegal to have multiple driving licences from multiple states in India?
A: No. It is not illegal to have multiple driving licences from different states so long as each licence has been acquired legally. Anyone who is caught with multiple driving licences acquired in illegal manners will be punished by the law.