Acquiring a driving licence in India might be a simple procedure today, but there are some rules and regulations that need to be followed. For starters, applicants need to fill up the required forms and submit the documents requested by the RTO. Once the forms are submitted, the applicants have to choose a date to give the driving licence test. Only when the test is cleared successfully, will the RTO issue the driving licence to the applicant. However, after the test is given, the applicants can check the status of their driving licence online. The status of the driving licence can be checked after two weeks from the date of the successful clearance of the driving licence test as advised by the RTO. Applicants can either visit the official website for the Transport Department of that particular state or visit the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website called Parivahan Sewa to find the status of their driving licence.
The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 made it compulsory for everyone in India to first hold a valid driving licence before they can get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Applicants have to apply for a learner’s licence, clear the driving licence test, and then only can they apply for a permanent driving licence. In India, the legal driving age for non-geared vehicles is 16-years whereas, for geared vehicles, the age is 18-years. Anyone applying for a driving licence in India has to be of legal age and submit the corresponding documentation to prove their age either online or at the RTO.
When applicants start the application process for their driving licences, there are some time constraints that have to be adhered to. Before anything else, applicants must know that once the documents and forms are submitted, they have to choose a date to give the driving licence test. Once the test is cleared successfully, the RTO will begin to process the driving licence. This process usually takes about two weeks and the RTO advises applicants to not check the status of their licences during this time as no information will be made available online. After the two weeks, the RTO dispatches the licence and the information is uploaded into the database. Applicants can check the status of their licences after those two weeks and up to the time when the document is delivered to the registered address. It normally takes about 30 days from the date of the test for the driving licence to reach the applicant. However, there might be some delays with regards to the verification or delivery and that is why checking the status of the licence is important. Here are some of the other times you can check the status of your driving licence:
Checking the status of a driving licence for LMV or Light Motor Vehicles and HMV or Heavy Motor Vehicles can be done either one of two ways. The first method to check the status is through the official website for the Transport Department of the specific state. The other method is by visiting the Parivahan Sewa page of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website. Both methods are user-friendly and take only a few minutes and requires the applicant’s information.
After successful submission of the application form, clearing the driving test, and recording the biometrics, there are a number of things a vehicle owner needs to keep in mind when it comes to driving license related procedures. Here are some things to keep in mind when checking the driving license status:
Having a valid driving license is very important for anyone who owns a vehicle and it should be regarded as a priority for anyone who wishes to drive. Below are some interesting facts about a driving license status:
Q: What are the information I should keep ready before checking my DL status online?
A: In order to check the driving license status online, you require an application number. The application number is available when you fill out the driving license application form. This number can also be called “Reference Number” or “Token Number”. Along with the application number, the website will require the applicant’s full name, date of birth, and the place where the driving license was issued.
Q: Is there a list of vehicles I can check the DL status for or can I check for all types of vehicles?
A: To drive a vehicle in India, you require a driving license and you can check the driving license status for all vehicles that require a driving license. The vehicles that require a driving license for operation are listed below:
Q: Is it possible to save the driving license status when online?
A: Yes. The driving license status online can be saved by downloading and printing the details available on the screen.
Q: When is the right time for me to check for my DL status online?
A: If you have applied for a new driving license or have applied for driving license renewal, you should check for the driving license status after about 2 weeks. The RTO generally dispatches the driving licenses within the third week after submission.
Q: Are there any fees to check the DL status?
A: No. Checking your driving license status online does not require any fee.
Q: How to check driving license renewal status?
A: There are 2 ways to check the driving license renewal status:
Q: Can I use my private vehicle driving license for any commercial purpose?
A: As of the latest government rules, a private driving license holder can drive commercial vehicles up to 7,500 kgs. Private driving license holders cannot drive commercial trucks or buses.
Q: How soon will the driving license status be updated online by the Regional Transport Department?
A: Once the application and documents are submitted at the RTO, it takes about 2 weeks to verify the documents and process the application. The driving license status is updated after 2 weeks by the RTO and is delivered to the registered address in about 3 weeks.
Q: Who issues the driving license?
A: Driving licenses in India are issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and then granted and delivered by the various regional transport offices across the country. The RTO’s across India issue, renew, and are responsible for any changes that are required on the driving licenses.
Q: Who can apply for a driving license?
A: Anyone who understands the rules and regulations of the road and transport functioning can apply for a driving license in India. Some of the important points are listed below: