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Driving License in Mumbai, Maharashtra

A valid driving license allows its holder to operate motorized vehicles anywhere in the country, and it also serves as proof of age, address and identity. However, the process to obtain the driving license is known to be long and tedious, often confusing many. Mumbai and most places in the state of Maharashtra have taken a step in the right direction to simplify the process significantly by digitizing most forms, applications etc.
Eligibility for Getting a Driving License

Eligibility for Getting a Driving License

A license is issued to a person who has adequate knowledge of the functioning of the road and transport system of the country.
1Prior to obtaining the driving license, a learning license is issued for a temporary period during which you are expected to learn how to drive the motorised vehicle completely.
2A learning license issued in Mumbai is valid only in the state of Maharashtra, whereas a permanent driving license is valid across the country.
3To be able to apply for a driving license, the candidate must be at least 16 years of age for two-wheeler vehicles, and 18 years of age for four-wheeled vehicles, with or without gears.
4Any able-bodied citizen, regardless of gender, caste, etc. can obtain a license.
5Commercial licenses are generally issued for those above the age of 20 only.

Steps To Apply For Learner’s License In Mumbai

1Register online for your learning license.
To book a slot, go to the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Department’s official website, and then go to the Learner’s license page. A web application number will be generated, following which you will be redirected to another page by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Here, you can choose your appointment timings.Alternatively, you can go to the RTO in person and book a slot for the test. If it is booked online, make sure to take a copy of the appointment booking receipt with you.
3To be able to apply for a driving license, the candidate must be at least 16 years of age for two-wheeler vehicles, and 18 years of age for four-wheeled vehicles, with or without gears.
4If you clear the test, the learner’s license will be issued on the same day. If you fail to clear the test, you can book another appointment and try again at a later date.
5Within six months you need to return to the RTO for the driving test. However, you can only take the test one month after the issue of the learner’s license. If the time period lapses, the candidate must appear for the learning license test again and wait out the necessary time period before they are able to go for the test to obtain their permanent driving license.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

1What is the process to apply for a permanent driving license?The basic appointment process followed while applying for the learning license needs to be followed for the permanent driving license as well. You also need to bring with you your learner’s license for the test.The driving test consists of driving the given vehicle through a predetermined track in the presence of an official from the RTO. If you fail to clear your test, you can reappear by booking a new appointment after a period of seven days.
2How to apply for a Duplicate Driving License?When your driving license is stolen, misplaced or damaged, duplicate license can be obtained by following the simple procedure stated by the Department. In the case of stolen or misplaced license, file an FIR immediately with the local police, and then proceed to the RTO with all necessary documents to apply for this duplicate driving license.
3What are documents required to apply for Driving License in Mumbai?In order to be able to acquire a driving license in Mumbai, you need to have the following at the time of application.
Form 4 (application form for permanent license)
Application form for the permanent driving license (generally available online or at the RTO).
School Leaving certificate / Class X marks card / Passport / Aadhaar Card for date of birth proof.
Any Government issued ID for address proof (Passport / Aadhaar Card / Voter ID etc.)
License fee
Valid Learner’s License
4How to apply for an international License?All countries that have signed the UN convention recognise the validity of an international license issued in India for a period of one year. Holders of this license are expected to get a permanent license in the country of residence during this period. In order to gain this license, candidates must go to the local RTO with all necessary documents, and complete any tests posed to them at the discretion of the authorities present there.The required documents are stated below.
Application form for International Driving License (Form 4A).
Valid driving license of local residence.
Proof of valid VISA and passport.
Application fee
Medical clearance certificate from a certified practitioner.
Valid address proof and age proof.
Passport size photographs.
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