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Driving Licence in Bangalore: How to apply online/offline

Team AckoSept 23, 2022

Bangalore, also called Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka. It is known for its IT (Information Technology) industry, parks and nightlife. With countless tech parks, it is also known as the “Silicon Valley” of India, which is one reason why it attracts so many people. 

The overall development of this city has resulted in a drastic increase in the number of vehicles, worsening the traffic congestion. Thus, following traffic rules is crucial for smooth functioning. One such rule to legally drive/ride a vehicle in Bengaluru is that you must hold a valid Driving Licence (DL). If you do not have a DL, this article will help you understand the process of obtaining a Driving Licence in Bangalore.

Driving Licence in Bangalore

Types of Driving Licences in Bangalore

The following table denotes the different types of Driving Licences in Bangalore.

Type of Driving Licence Vehicle type
Driving Licence for gearless two-wheelers Gearless scooters, electric scooters/bikes, mopeds, etc.
Driving Licence for geared two-wheelers Geared scooters, bikes, etc.
Driving Licence for private Light Motor Vehicles (LMV) Cars (hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs), vans, etc.
Driving Licence for transport vehicles  Commercial buses, vans, trucks, etc.
Driving Licence for other categories Commercial vehicles carrying dangerous goods, etc.

Driving Licence application process in Bangalore

You can apply for a DL in Bangalore either online or offline. This section throws light on the processes involved in both methods.

How to apply for a Driving Licence online in Bangalore

The following steps will help you to apply for a DL online in Bangalore.

  • Step 1: Log on to the Parivahan website to access online RTO services.

  • Step 2: Choose “DL Services” from the “Online Services” drop-down menu.

  • Step 3: Select the state of residence (Karnataka) on the next page and select “Apply for Learner’s Licence”.

  • Step 4: Fill out the form, upload the required documents and pay the applicable fees to book a test slot.

  • Step 5: Appear for the test on the designated date and collect the LL upon test clearance.

  • Step 6: Visit the Parivahan portal and choose the “Apply for DL” option from the DL Services menu.

  • Step 7: Select “Applicant holds LL”, fill out the online form and upload the relevant documents.

  • Step 8: Click on “Appointments” and schedule an appointment for the driving test after 30 days from the date of issuance on LL.

  • Step 9: Pay the Driving Licence fees and print/download the acknowledgement receipt for future reference.

Appear for the driving test on the designated date. An RTO official will monitor the test, and upon test clearance, the RTO will capture your biometrics data. You will receive the Driving Licence via post.

How to apply for a Driving Licence offline in Bangalore

Here are the steps if you wish to apply for a DL offline in Bangalore.

  • Step 1: Visit the respective RTO and collect the application forms for LL. Alternatively, you can download them via the Bangalore RTO website.

  • Step 2: Fill out the forms with the required information and keep all the required documents handy.

  • Step 3: Submit the forms and documents to the RTO, pay the DL fees and collect the fee payment receipt. 

  • Step 4: Pick a slot for the Learner’s Licence test.

  • Step 5: Appear for the test and collect the LL upon the clearance of the test.

  • Step 6: Select a slot for the driving test after 30 days.

  • Step 7: Pay the Driving Licence and driving test fees and collect the fee payment receipt.

  • Step 8: Undertake the driving test on the designated date at the RTO.

Upon clearance of the driving test, the RTO will record your biometrics data and issue the Driving Licence. You will receive the DL via post at your residential address.

How to check Driving Licence application status in Bangalore

The following steps will help you to check the DL application status online in Bangalore.

  • Step 1: Visit RTO’s online portal (Parivahan) to access online DL services.

  • Step 2: Select “Online Services” and choose “DL Services”.

  • Step 3: Select the state name “Karnataka” from the drop-down list.

  • Step 4: Select “Application Status” on the top menu.

  • Step 5: Enter your application number and date of birth.

  • Step 6: Input the captcha code and click the “Submit” button to view the Driving Licence application status.

Driving test procedure in Bangalore

You need to clear the driving test to get a DL in Bangalore. The following sections explain the driving test procedure for the issuance of a Driving Licence in Bangalore.

Driving test for four-wheelers

  • To clear a driving test for four-wheelers, you must undergo two types of tests: ground and road tests.

  • The ground test requires you to drive the vehicle in “U” and “T” pattern tracks.

  • The road test involves you driving the vehicle on public roads to evaluate your driving skills with respect to traffic rules and regulations.

  • The RTO inspector is responsible for conducting and monitoring the driving test.

  • You can apply for a retest if you fail to clear the test.

Driving test for two/three-wheelers

  • The two/three-wheeler driving test also includes two types of tests: ground and road tests.

  • The ground test requires you to ride/drive the vehicle on the “8” and “T” pattern tracks.

  • The road test requires you to ride/drive the vehicle on public roads in real-world traffic conditions.

  • If you fail to clear the test, you can retake the test after 7 days.

Driving Licence fees in Bangalore

The following table denotes the approximate DL-related fees in Bangalore.

Type of service Fees (in Rs.)
Learner’s Licence (LL) issuance 150 per vehicle class
LL test/repeat test 50
Driving Licence (DL) issuance 200

Eligibility for Driving Licence in Bangalore

Following are the eligibility criteria to obtain a Driving Licence in Bangalore. 

  • The Driving Licence applicant must be of 18 years of age.

  • The applicant must have a valid Learner’s Licence.

  • The applicant must appear for a driving test after 30 days of the LL issuance.

  • The applicant must clear the driving test.

  • The Learner’s Licence should not be older than 6 months from the date of issuance.

Documents required for Driving Licence in Bangalore

You will require the following documents to apply for a DL in Bangalore.

  • Form 1 (Certificate of physical fitness)

  • Form 1A (Medical Certificate if the applicant is above 40 years of age or for commercial vehicle DL)

  • Form 2 (DL application form)

  • Valid Learner’s Licence

  • Age and address proof (Passport, Aadhaar card, Voter ID card, birth certificate, etc.)

  • Passport-size photographs

How to apply for a Driving Licence renewal in Bangalore

Here are the steps to apply for DL renewal in Bangalore.

  • Step 1: Apply for DL renewal through the Parivahan website and download/print the acknowledgement receipt for future reference.

  • Step 2: Visit the RTO on the designated date, submit the online application and update the details as applicable.

  • Step 3: After document verification, the RTO will issue the renewed DL via post.

Duplicate Driving Licence in Bangalore

If you lose or damage your Driving Licence in an unfortunate incident, you can apply for a duplicate copy of the DL in Bangalore. Note that the duplicate DL holds the same value as the original document.

The following sections highlight the required documents and the process of obtaining a duplicate Driving Licence.

Documents required for duplicate DL in Bangalore

You must possess the following documents to apply for a duplicate copy 

  • Form 2 (Duplicate DL application form)

  • Copy of FIR and affidavit (For loss/theft of DL)

  • Challan clearance report from the Traffic Police Department of Bangalore

  • Original Driving Licence (If damaged and available)

  • Photocopy of the DL (If available)

  • Address and age proof for reference

Steps to apply for duplicate Driving Licence in Bangalore

You can refer to the steps mentioned below to apply for a duplicate copy of the DL in Bangalore.

  • Step 1: Visit the Parivahan website, apply for a Duplicate Driving Licence and print/download the acknowledgement receipt. 

  • Step 2: Visit the RTO and submit the online application and required documents.

  • Step 3: The RTO will verify the application and documents and issue the duplicate Driving Licence via post.

Note: You must apply for a duplicate DL within 180 days after you lose the original Driving Licence.

International Driving Permit application in Bangalore

If you wish to apply for an International Driving Permit in Bangalore, you should possess a valid Driving Licence. The following sections will provide more information pertaining to the International Driving Licence in Bangalore.

Documents required for IDP in Bangalore

Here’s the list of documents required to apply for an IDP in Bangalore.

  • Form 1A (Medical Certificate)

  • Form 4A (IDP application form)

  • Copy of your Driving Licence

  • Copy of Passport and Visa

  • Copy of air ticket for verification

  • Passport-size photographs (4 copies)

Steps to apply for IDP in Bangalore

Here are the steps to apply for an International Driving Licence in Bangalore.

  • Step 1: Log on to the Parivahan portal’s official website to access DL services.

  • Step 2: Select “Online Services” and click on “DL Related Services”.

  • Step 3: Select the state name “Karnataka” and click on “Apply for IDP”.

  • Step 4: Enter your details, like the DL number and date of birth, input the captcha code and click on the “Get DL Details” button. 

  • Step 5: Follow the instructions, fill out the online form and upload the relevant documents.

  • Step 6: Download the system-generated acknowledgement receipt for future reference.

Visit the RTO for verification purposes along with the online application. The RTO will verify the documents and application, and issue the IDP.

RTO offices and codes in Bangalore

Here are some of the prominent RTO’s in Bangalore where you can apply for a Driving Licence.

RTO office RTO code Address
Koramangala KA-01 3rd Block, 100 Feet Road, BDA Shopping Complex, Koramangala, Bengaluru - 560034
Indiranagar KA-03 CF-15, Outer Ring Road, Near NGEF, Kasturinagar, Bengaluru - 560043
Jayanagar KA-05 BMTC Bus Stand, 2nd Floor, 30th Cross Road, Opposite Jayanagar Shopping Complex, 4th T-Block East, Bengaluru - 560011
K.R. Puram KA-53 166, Old Madras Road, Hosabasavanapura, Krishnarajapuram (K.R. Puram), Bengaluru - 560049

Disclaimer: The information mentioned on this page is compiled from different websites and government sources. The information may be updated from time to time. Hence, please refer to the respective government websites and verify before making any DL-related decisions.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most common questions and their answers related to Driving Licence in Bangalore.

How can I schedule a slot for a driving test in Bangalore?

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You can schedule a driving test slot through the Parivahan portal or by visiting the RTO.

What happens if I fail to clear the driving test on the first attempt?

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If you fail to clear the driving test on the first attempt, you can apply for a retest after 7 days.

What is the validity of a Learner’s Licence in Bangalore?

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The validity of an LL stands at 6 months from the date of issuance.

Is a Driving Licence mandatory to apply for an International Driving Permit in Bangalore?

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A DL is mandatory if you wish to apply for an IDP in Bangalore.

Where can I download the DL application forms?

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You can download the Driving Licence application forms from the Parivahan portal or the Bangalore RTO’s official website.

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