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How to apply for a Driving Licence in Delhi (online/offline)?

Team AckoApr 5, 2024

Delhi, the capital of India, has several educational institutions, business establishments and government offices. Consequently, several people drive/ride their motor vehicles on the roads daily. A crucial point in this regard is that a person who wants to drive a motor vehicle must hold a valid Driving Licence (DL). Thus, it is important to know the process involved in applying for a Driving Licence in Delhi. In this article, you will learn about the offline and online procedures involved in DL application.




Types of Driving Licences in Delhi

There are five major types of Driving Licences issued by the Delhi RTO.

Types of Driving Licence Examples
Driving Licence for gearless two-wheelers Gearless scooters and mopeds
Driving Licence for geared two-wheelers Geared scooters, bikes, etc.
Driving Licence for private light motor vehicles Cars such as hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, etc.
Driving Licence for transport vehicles  Commercial buses, vans, trucks, etc.
Driving Licence for other categories Vehicles carrying hazardous goods, etc.

Driving Licence application process in Delhi

You can follow an online or offline procedure to apply for a Driving Licence in Delhi. 

How to apply for a Driving Licence online in Delhi

You need to complete the following steps to apply for a Driving Licence online in Delhi.

  • Step 1: Visit the official Delhi RTO website and click on “Driving Licence Related Services” to get redirected to the Sarathi portal.

  • Step 2: Select “Delhi” from the state list and click on the option “Apply for Learner’s Licence”.

  • Step 3: Fill in the application, upload documents and submit the fee to book a test slot.

  • Step 4: Take the test on the scheduled date to receive your Learner’s Licence (LL).

  • Step 5: Now, you can visit the Sarathi platform again and click on “Apply for DL”, and submit your DL application under the option “Holding Learner’s Licence”.

  • Step 6: Choose a preferred slot after 30 days for a driving test conducted at the RTO.

  • Step 7: Pay the DL issuance fees online and download the confirmation slip.

  • Step 8: Visit the selected Delhi RTO on the scheduled date to appear for your driving test.

An official from the RTO will monitor your test and record your biometric information once satisfied with your performance. After that, you will receive your Driving Licence at your home address via post. 

How to apply for a Driving Licence offline in Delhi

Here are the steps to apply for a Driving Licence offline in Delhi.

  • Step 1: Collect Form 2 from your nearest RTO or download it via the Parivahan website and fill it out for LL.

  • Step 2: Visit the RTO with the required documents and your application for submission and collect your application ID and a slot for the LL test.

  • Step 3: Your application ID will be required at the time of appearing for the preliminary test.

  • Step 4: Upon clearing the test, you can collect your Learning Licence immediately.

  • Step 5: Now, you will be asked to pick your driving test slot after a month’s duration.

  • Step 6: Pay the fees required for a Driving Licence and obtain your receipt.

  • Step 7: Take the driving test as per the scheduled appointment at the RTO.

The officials at the RTO will take your biometric information and issue a permanent DL in a few days, which will be sent to you via post. 

How to check Driving Licence application status in Delhi

You can track your DL application status in Delhi by following these steps. 

  • Step 1: Visit Sarathi online and choose “Delhi”.

  • Step 2: Find the “Application Status” button on the top bar and click on it.

  • Step 3: On the new page, enter your “Application Number” and “Date of Birth”.

  • Step 4: Finish Captcha verification and hit “Submit”.

  • Step 5: You can see your application status now.

Driving test procedure in Delhi

Here are key details about what a driving test for DL involves in Delhi.

Driving test for four-wheelers

  • Includes two types of tests: Ground and road tests.

  • The ground test requires you to drive on the “U” and “T” marks.

  • The road test evaluates your driving skills as per the traffic rules.

  • An inspector appointed by the RTO conducts the test.

  • In case your inspector doesn’t feel satisfied with your performance, then you need to retake the test.

Driving test for two/three-wheelers

  • Involves two types of tests: Ground and road tests.

  • The ground test includes riding across “8” and “T” signs marked on the surface.

  • The road test checks your understanding of traffic regulations while riding the vehicle.

  • In case you don’t pass the test, then it is possible to apply for a retest after 7 days.

Also, read: List of New Traffic Rules and Traffic Fines in India

Driving Licence fees in Delhi

The following table shows the key structure of Driving Licence fees in Delhi.

Service type Fees (in Rs.)
LL issuance for every vehicle class 150
LL test or repeat test charges 50
Issuance of a DL 200
Driving competence test/retest for every vehicle class 300

Eligibility for Driving Licence in Delhi

Here are the eligibility criteria for a person to obtain a permanent Driving Licence in Delhi.

  • Applicants have to be 18 years of age or older.

  • Applicants must apply for DL 30 days after receiving their LL.

  • The LL shouldn’t be older than 6 months from its issuance date.

  • Applicants must appear for and successfully clear the driving test.

Documents required for Driving Licence in Delhi

Keeping the necessary documentation handy would make the DL application process easier for you. Listed below are some of the essential documents requested with the application for a Driving Licence in Delhi.

  • Form 2 filled out for Driving Licence application

  • Physical fitness certification

  • Proof of residence (Voter ID, ration card, passport, etc.)

  • Proof of age (birth certificate, recognised educational certificate, etc.)

  • PAN card copy

  • Valid LL copy

  • Photos of the applicant

  • Receipt of the payment made

Duplicate Driving Licence in Delhi

It is possible to get a duplicate Driving Licence if you lose your original one. Here are the documents and steps required from your end for a duplicate DL application in Delhi. 

Documents required for duplicate DL in Delhi

Here are the documents you may collect beforehand to apply online for a duplicate Driving Licence in Delhi.

  • Duly filled out and signed application form for duplicate DL

  • FIR copy and affidavit (For the loss or theft of original DL)

  • Challan clearance from the Traffic Police Department of Delhi

  • Duplicate DL fee payment receipt

  • Address proof copy (self-attested)

Steps to apply for duplicate Driving Licence in Delhi

Here is how you can submit your online Duplicate DL application in Delhi.

  • Step 1: Apply for the Duplicate DL via the Sarathi platform and take a printout of the acknowledgement.

  • Step 2: Visit the RTO with all the documents for verification.

  • Step 3: Wait for a few days for the officials to verify your documents. Then, they will send the duplicate licence to your address. 

Please note that you must submit your application for a duplicate DL within 180 days of losing the original. 

International Driving Permit application in Delhi

Here’s how you can apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Delhi. 

Documents required for IDP in Delhi

These are some of the essential documents you’ll need for the IDP application in Delhi.

  • Form 4A filled out for IDP (Download here)

  • Your existing DL copy

  • Proof of age and address

  • Medical Certificate under Form 1

  • Copy of the valid passport

  • Air ticket copy

  • Copy of the valid visa

  • Photographs (Passport size, 4 copies)

Steps to apply for IDP in Delhi

You need to follow these steps to apply for IDP in Delhi.

  • Step 1: Visit the Sarathi platform and pick “Delhi” from the options.

  • Step 2: Move to “Apply for International Driving Permit”, scroll down and hit “Continue”.

  • Step 3: Enter your DL digits and birth date, and verify with a captcha before hitting “Get Details”.

  • Step 4: Submit your application along with the required documents to get the receipt.

  • Step 5: Visit the RTO for verification. 

The authorities will verify your case to issue the IDP in a couple of days. 

RTO offices and codes in Delhi

Here are some of the major RTOs in Delhi where you can submit your Driving Licence application.

RTO office RTO code Address
Sarai Kale Khan DL-06 Deputy Director Zonal Office, ISBT, New Delhi
Vasant Vihar DL-12 Office of ZTO or DTC Depot, South West Delhi, New Delhi
Janakpuri DL-04 B-block 1st floor, Community Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi

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 questions and their answers regarding Driving Licence in Delhi.

Is a driving test mandatory to get a DL in Delhi?


Yes, it is compulsory to take and successfully clear a driving test to obtain a DL in Delhi.

How many times can I attempt a DL test in Delhi?


There is no limitation to the number of attempts for the DL test. However, you need to wait for at least 7 days to retake your test.

Can I apply for a photo update in DL if the licence photo fades away?


Yes, the RTO in Delhi accepts the request for updating the photo on your DL to replace the old/faded photograph.

What is the validity of a Driving Licence in Delhi?


A Driving Licence for a non-transport vehicle contains a 20-year validity period or when the owner of that DL gets to the age of 40. However, the DL validity for transport motor vehicles is limited to 5 years.

Is it possible to change the address on my existing Driving Licence in Delhi?


Yes, you can apply for the change of address in DL at the nearest Delhi RTO with relevant documents and applicable fees.

How much does it cost to get a permanent DL in Delhi?


Including the application and test fees for Learning and Driving Licences, you will be paying somewhere around Rs. 700 in total to get a permanent DL in Delhi.

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