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Driving Licence (DL) Forms: A Comprehensive Guide for Applicants

Team AckoApr 10, 2024

Obtaining a Driving Licence (DL) is a crucial step for anyone looking to drive/ride a motor vehicle legally in India. The process involves filling out various forms and submitting necessary documents to the Regional Transport Office (RTO). This article provides a comprehensive guide on DL forms in India to help streamline this process. Whether you are a first-time applicant or seeking to renew or modify your existing licence, this guide will equip you with the knowledge needed to navigate the application process smoothly.




What is a DL Form?

A DL form refers to the various forms that need to be filled out when applying for a Learning Licence (LL) or a permanent Driving Licence (DL). These forms are official documents provided by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) and are essential for obtaining or renewing an LL or DL.

Types of Driving Licences in India

Before diving into the specific forms, it's essential to understand the different types of Driving Licences available in India. The most common categories include the following.

  • Learner's Licence (LL): Issued to applicants who are learning to drive and have not yet obtained a permanent licence. This licence allows individuals to practice driving under supervision.

  • Permanent Driving Licence (DL): Granted to individuals who have successfully completed the Learner's Licence period and passed the driving test. This licence allows unrestricted driving within the specified vehicle category.

  • International Driving Permit (IDP): Required for Indian citizens planning to drive in foreign countries. An IDP is a translation of the Indian Driving Licence into multiple languages, making it valid internationally.

Learner's Licence Forms

When applying for a Learner's Licence, you will need to fill out the following forms.

  • Form 1: This form serves as an application-cum-declaration as to the physical fitness of the applicant. It includes personal details such as name, age, address, and medical fitness certificate.

  • Form 1A: This form is specifically for applicants above the age of 40. It requires a medical certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner attesting to the applicant's fitness to drive.

  • Form 2: This form is an application for the grant or renewal of a Learner's Licence. It includes details about the class of vehicle for which the applicant is seeking a LL.

  • Form 3: It is nothing but the LL format with all the details of the applicant, including name and address. The issuance of Form 3 happens after the applicant passes the LL theory test.

 Driving Licence Forms

To apply for a permanent Driving Licence, you will need the following forms.

  • Form 2: This form is used for the application of a permanent DL. You need to fill in the same form for the renewal of the Driving Licence. It requires personal information, details about any previous DLs held, and the class of vehicle for which the licence is sought.

  • Form 4A: You must fill out Form 4A to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP). The form requires you to fill in details like name, address, date of birth, etc.

  • Form 5: If the applicant has completed a driving course from a recognised driving school, this form needs to be filled out by the school and submitted along with the application.

  • Form 6A: It is the IDP format. The issuance of an International Driving Permit happens after the verification of the supporting documents and the application form.

  • Form 7: It is the format in which the issuance of a Driving Licence happens after the applicant clears the driving test. The DL will be laminated or smart card-type.

Forms for Modification of Details in DL

In certain situations, you may need to modify the existing details in your Driving Licence. The following forms are used for such modifications.

Form 2: This form is used for the addition of a new class of vehicle to an existing Driving Licence. It requires details about the class of vehicle being added. The same form is required for correction of name or change of address in DL.

Summary of Driving Licence Forms

To provide a quick reference, here is a table summarising the forms required for LL and DL.

Form Name


Applicable Situations

Form 1

Application-cum-declaration of physical fitness

Learner's Licence (LL)

Form 1A

Medical certificate for applicants above 40 years

Learner's Licence (LL)

Form 2

Application for grant or renewal of a Learner's Licence

Learner's Licence (LL)

Form 2

Application for a permanent driving licence

Permanent Driving Licence (DL)

Form 4A

Application for an Internationa Driving Permit

International Driving Permit (IDP)

Form 5

Certificate from a recognised driving school

Permanent Driving Licence (DL)

Form 2

Addition of a new class of vehicle to existing Driving Licence

Modification of Driving Licence

Form 2

Update personal information in Driving Licence

Modification of Driving Licence

How to Download LL and DL Forms

You can refer to the following steps to download the forms for Learner’s Licence and Driving Licence.

Step 1: Access the Parivahan Sewa portal website.

Step 2: Click on “Informational Services”, select “Downloadable Forms”, and click on Driving Licence”.

Step 3: You can view and download the forms on the next page.

How to Get DL Forms Offline

To obtain forms related to LL and DL offline, you can visit your nearest RTO and request for the desired forms at the designated counter. The RTO will provide the hard copy of the forms which you can fill in before submitting the application.

LL/DL Application Submission and Documentation

Along with the completed forms, applicants must provide the following documents.

  • Proof of Identity: Documents such as an Aadhaar Card, Passport, Voter ID, or PAN Card can be submitted as proof of identity.

  • Proof of Address: Utility bills, Rental Agreements, or Bank Statements are accepted as proof of address.

  • Age Proof: Birth Certificate, Passport, or School Leaving Certificate are commonly used as proof of age.

  • Passport-Size Photographs: Recent passport-sized photographs must be submitted along with the forms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are a few commonly asked questions and their answers related to DL forms.


What is the purpose of a Learner's Licence?

A Learner's Licence is a temporary licence issued to individuals who are learning to drive. It allows them to practice driving under supervision and learn the necessary skills before obtaining a permanent Driving Licence.

How can I apply for a Learner's Licence?

To apply for an LL, you need to fill out Form 2, which is an application for the grant or renewal of a Learner's Licence. Submit the form along with the required documents, such as proof of identity, address, and age, to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in your area.

What documents are required to obtain a Driving Licence in India?

The documents required for obtaining a DL include proof of identity (Aadhaar Card, Passport, etc.), proof of address (Utility bills, Rent Agreement, etc.), age proof (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.), and recent passport-sized photographs. These documents may vary based on the state and specific requirements of the RTO.

Can I apply for a permanent Driving licence directly without a Learner's Licence?

No, an LL is a mandatory step before obtaining a permanent DL. It allows you to learn and practice driving skills under supervision before appearing for the driving test.

How can I modify the details in my existing Driving Licence?

If you need to modify the details of your existing DL, such as adding a new class of vehicle or updating personal information, you will need to fill out the relevant modification form. For example, Form 2 is used to add a new class of vehicle and to update personal information.

Can I use my Indian Driving Licence internationally?

Yes, Indian citizens can use their DL internationally by obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP is a translation of the Indian Driving Licence into multiple languages, making it valid and recognisable in foreign countries.

Are the DL forms the same across all states in India?

While the basic Driving Licence forms are similar across states, there may be slight variations in the specific forms or additional requirements depending on the state and its regional transport rules. It is advisable to consult the official website of the respective Regional Transport Office for accurate and up-to-date information.

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Disclaimer: The above content is for informational purposes only. It is recommended to take the help of an expert before making a decision.


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