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Driving Licence in Bihar: How to apply online/offline

Team AckoSept 23, 2022

In ancient times, Bihar was well known as the birthplace of two prominent religions, Buddhism and Jainism. Fast forward to the modern era, and you can see the state being a hub of food processing, IT and textile industries. This growth has improved the lifestyle of people living in Bihar, which has resulted in more and more vehicles on the roads. 

One important rule with respect to vehicles is holding a valid Driving Licence (DL) while driving or riding in Bihar. Without that, no person can legally drive/ride motor vehicles in the state. This article highlights how to apply for a Driving Licence in Bihar to help you follow the rules.

Driving Licence in Bihar

Types of Driving Licences in Bihar

Here is a table for you to understand the main kinds of Driving Licences in Bihar.

Type of Driving Licence Vehicle type
DL for gearless riding vehicles Mopeds, electric bikes/scooters, etc., with no gears
DL for geared riding vehicles (two-wheelers) Geared motorcycles, scooters, etc.
DL for private LMV or Light Motor Vehicles Vans, cars (SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans), etc.
DL for commercial/transport vehicles Transport trucks, vans, buses, etc.
DL for other types of vehicles Vehicles that carry dangerous items, etc.

Driving Licence application procedure in Bihar

The DL application process in Bihar can be performed via online as well as offline channels. The following sections discuss both types of procedures.

How to apply for a Driving Licence online in Bihar

Following are the steps for the online application to get a Driving Licence in Bihar.

  • Step 1: Start by visiting the Parivahan platform for the online services of RTO. 

  • Step 2: Choose services related to DL presented as one of the Online Services.

  • Step 3: Move to the state where you live (Bihar) and choose “Apply for Learning Licence (LL)”.

  • Step 4: Enter details under the online application, provide the necessary documents, and then make the fee payment to get a test slot booked.

  • Step 5: Take the test as per the slot to obtain your Learner’s Licence.

  • Step 6: Now, “Apply for DL” via the Parivahan platform, choosing the “Holding Learning Licence” option with the appropriate payment.

  • Step 7: Get the acknowledgement slip and book your appointment for the driving test to be conducted after 30 days of LL issuance.

  • Step 8: Visit the RTO for your test with the acknowledgement on the date of your driving exam.

After your exam, you will be asked to provide your biometric data. Then, the DL will be sent to your place through the postal service.

How to apply for a Driving Licence offline in Bihar

To fill out the application for DL offline, you can follow these steps in Bihar.

  • Step 1: Pay a visit to your city RTO in Bihar and request the Learning Licence form, which would be Form 2. Or, you can get the form online via Parivahan.

  • Step 2: Complete form filling and collect the documents required. 

  • Step 3: Submit everything at the RTO counter, pay the requested fee, get the LL test slot and obtain your slip of acknowledgement. 

  • Step 4: Clear your test and receive your Learner’s Licence. 

  • Step 5: Now, you can select a driving test slot, which would be after a month.

  • Step 6: Make the required payments and get your receipt. 

  • Step 7: Appear for your exam as per the selected slot at the local RTO.

Once you clear the exam, the officials will request you to provide your biometric details. After verification, the licence will be issued to your home through the postal service.

How to check Driving Licence application status in Bihar

After completing the application process for a Driving Licence in Bihar, you can follow these steps to check the status of the application.

  • Step 1: Get to the online platform of RTO.

  • Step 2: Go through the “Online Services” and pick “DL services”.

  • Step 3: Pick “Bihar” on the new screen, then move to “Application Status”.

  • Step 4: Input your birth date and application credentials.

  • Step 5: Fill in the captcha, then “Submit” to find the status of the DL application.

Driving test procedure in Bihar

Here are a few highlights about the test procedure involved in the Driving Licence in Bihar.

Driving test for four-wheelers

  • There are two phases of the exam: a ground test and a road test.

  • The ground test checks your ability to drive on “H” and “T” tracks.

  • The road test checks your ability to drive within the laws of traffic movement.

  • An official/inspector is assigned from the RTO to conduct and monitor your exam.

  • The inspector can ask you to take the driving exam again in case of unsatisfactory performance. 

Driving test for two or three-wheelers

  • The two tests for two/three-wheelers are called road and ground tests.

  • The ground test is the assessment of driving on marks shaped as “8”, “T”, etc.

  • The road test is the assessment of driving as per traffic regulations.

  • If you can’t clear on the first attempt, you get to take the exam again after seven days.

Driving Licence fees in Bihar

The following table highlights the Driving Licence fees in Bihar.

Type of service Fees (in Rs.)
LL test 40
Grant of LL 151
DL test 50
Grant of DL 200

Eligibility for Driving Licence in Bihar

Here are the criteria for being eligible for the permanent DL in Bihar.

  • You should be at the age of 18 or older.

  • You need to have a LL valid at the time of applying for DL.

  • You need to wait for at least 30 days for a driving test after getting an LL.

  • You must pass the exams associated with DL.

Documents required for Driving Licence in Bihar

When submitting your application, you will require the following documents for DL in Bihar.

  • Form 1 to self-declare your physical fitness

  • Form 1A for medical certification if you’re applying above the age of 40 or need a DL for commercial vehicles

  • Form 2 for the application for DL

  • Valid LL

  • Address/age proof (Birth certificate, voter card, passport, Aadhaar card, etc.)

  • Photos in passport-size

Duplicate Driving Licence in Bihar

If you damage or lose your Driving Licence, you can get a duplicate DL in Bihar. The following sections include the documents/process to help you out with the same. 

Documents required for duplicate DL in Bihar

The following documents are usually needed to get a duplicate DL in Bihar.

  • Form 2 for duplicate DL application

  • FIR copy along with affidavit (When your DL gets lost or stolen)

  • Original Driving Licence (If your DL got damaged but is available)

  • Challan clearance provided by the Traffic Police in your city

  • Age/address proof

  • DL photocopy (If available)

Steps to apply for duplicate Driving Licence in Bihar

Here is how you can get a duplicate DL in Bihar.

  • Step 1: Go to the Sarathi platform, submit your application for duplicate DL, pay the fee, and print the receipt.

  • Step 2: Visit the local transport office (RTO) and provide the required documents for verification.

  • Step 3: The duplicate DL will be issued once the RTO verifies all the documents. 

Note: The approved timeframe to apply for a duplicate DL in Bihar is 6 months from the loss of DL.

International Driving Permit application in Bihar

You can also apply for an IDP or International Driving Permit in Bihar using the process mentioned below. 

Documents required for IDP in Bihar

These are the documents necessary during the process of IDP application in Bihar.

  • Form 4A (IDP application)

  • Form 1A (Physician-issued Medical Certificate)

  • Passport copies

  • Visa copies

  • Domestic DL copy

  • Air ticket copy

  • Photographs in passport-size

Steps to apply for IDP in Bihar

With the documents handy, you can follow these steps to apply for IDP in Bihar.

  • Step 1: Get to the Parivahan portal and move to DL-related services under Online Services.

  • Step 2: Choose “Bihar” as your state, then pick the “Apply for IDP” option.

  • Step 3: Enter the required details, submit your application online along with fees and download the receipt. 

  • Step 4: Go to your local RTO for verification.

The RTO will issue your IDP and send it via post.


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)

The following questions and answers may further help your application for a Driving Licence in Bihar.

Is the driving skill exam mandatory to get a new DL in Bihar?

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Yes, taking and passing the driving test is compulsory to obtain a new Driving Licence in Bihar.

Can someone apply for DL without having a LL in Bihar?

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No, a valid Learner’s Licence is necessary to apply for a Driving Licence in Bihar.

What happens if my DL gets stolen in Bihar?

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In case of losing your DL due to theft or other reasons, you can apply for a duplicate licence in Bihar.

What to do if I fail my first driving test in Bihar?

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You can apply for the driving test again after waiting for 7 days if you fail the driving test.

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