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Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is also called the “City of Joy” due to its rich cultural heritage. It is also the financial, business and commercial hub of eastern India. The city is also known for its busy roads, and one has to follow traffic rules to stay away from any mishaps. One such rule is to possess a valid Driving Licence (DL) while driving/riding a vehicle. And if you do not have a Driver’s Licence, you can apply for one at the Kolkata RTO. Read on, as this article explains the process of obtaining a Driving Licence in Kolkata.
The following table denotes the types of Driving Licences that you can apply for in Kolkata.
|Type of Driving Licence||Vehicle type|
|Driving Licence for automatic (gearless) two-wheelers||Gearless scooters, electric scooters/bikes, mopeds, etc.|
|Driving Licence for two-wheelers with gear||Geared bikes, scooters, etc.|
|Driving Licence for private vehicles||All private cars (Sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks), vans, etc.|
|Driving Licence for commercial vehicles||Buses, vans, trucks, etc.|
|Driving Licence for other categories||Commercial vehicles carrying dangerous goods, etc.|
There are two ways you can apply for a DL in Kolkata: online and offline. You can opt for whichever method is convenient for you. This section highlights the process of Kolkata Driving Licence application process..
You can follow these steps to submit the DL application online in Kolkata.
Step 1: Log into the Parivahan website.
Step 2: Navigate to the “DL Services” menu, select the state of residence (West Bengal) and select “Apply for Learner’s Licence” option.
Step 3: Provide the required information, upload the documents and pay the applicable fees.
Step 4: Schedule an appointment for the LL test.
Step 5: Undergo the test and collect the Learner’s Licence once you clear the test.
Step 6: Visit the Parivahan portal and select “Apply for DL” from the DL Services section.
Step 7: Provide the required details and upload the relevant documents.
Step 8: Schedule an appointment for the driving test after a month from the date you receive the LL.
Step 9: Pay the applicable fees and download the online application.
Appear for the driving test, if you clear the test, the RTO will issue your Driving Licence. You will receive the DL via post.
Also, read: All about RTO Offices in India
Here’s the process to obtain a DL via the offline method in Kolkata.
Step 1: Visit your respective RTO and collect the LL application form. You can also download it through the Parivahan website.
Step 2: Fill out the form with the required information and compile the relevant documents.
Step 3: Visit the RTO and submit the form and the required documents.
Step 4: Pay the LL fees, collect the fee payment receipt and schedule a slot for the test.
Step 5: Undertake the test and receive the Learner’s Licence after clearing the test.
Step 6: Schedule an appointment for the driving test after 30 days from the date you receive the LL.
Step 7: Appear and clear the driving test.
Post driving test clearance, the RTO will dispatch the Driving Licence to your residential address via post.
The steps mentioned below will help you to check the status of your DL application online in Kolkata.
Step 1: Visit RTO’s online portal (Parivahan) to avail of DL services.
Step 2: Select “DL Services” from the “Online Services” section.
Step 3: On the next page, choose your state of residence (West Bengal).
Step 4: Click on “Application status” on the next page.
Step 5: Provide your application number and date of birth.
Step 6: Hit the “Submit” button to view the Driving Licence application status.
You must clear the driving test to be eligible to possess a Driving Licence. Hence, knowing the driving test process is crucial. This section will help you in that regard.
You need to clear two types of tests if you drive a four-wheeler: ground and road tests.
You need to drive the vehicle in a “U” and “T” pattern tracks to clear the ground test.
You have to drive the vehicle on public roads to clear the road test.
An RTO inspector will supervise and evaluate the test.
If the RTO official is unsatisfied with your driving skills, you can take a retest after 7 days.
If you ride/drive a two/three-wheeler, there are two types of tests: ground and road tests.
You must ride/drive the vehicle in “8” and “T” pattern tracks to clear the ground test.
You have to ride/drive the vehicle on public roads to clear the road tests.
If you fail the test, you can apply for a retest after a week.
You can refer to the following table to know more about the DL-related fees in Kolkata.
|Type of service||Fees (in Rs.)|
|Issuance of Learner’s Licence (LL)||150 for each vehicle class|
|Test/retest for LL||50|
|Issuance of Driving Licence (DL)||200|
|Test/retest for DL||300|
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to get a Driving Licence in Kolkata.
You should be at least 18 years of age.
You should have a valid Learner’s Licence that is not older than 6 months from the date of issuance.
You must undertake a driving test after 30 days from the date of LL issuance.
You must clear the driving test.
Here’s the list of documents that you need to submit to get a DL in Kolkata.
Form 1 (Self-declaration 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
Proof of age (Birth certificate, school certificate, etc.)
Address proof (Voter ID card, Aadhaar card, Passport, birth certificate, etc.)
Here are the steps to renew your DL in Kolkata.
Step 1: Apply for the Driving Licence renewal online via the Parivahan portal and print or download the online application
Step 2: Submit the online application to the RTO and update the details as applicable.
Step 3: The RTO will verify your documents and issue the renewed Driving Licence via post.
The Driving Licence is a physical document, and the chances of it getting lost or damaged are high. That’s why the RTO provides a duplicate copy of the DL if needed. If you are in a situation where the original DL is lost or damaged, this section will help you with the process of getting a duplicate DL in Kolkata.
You must provide the following documents to obtain a duplicate copy of your Driving Licence in Kolkata.
Form 2 (Duplicate DL application form)
Copy of FIR and affidavit if the DL is lost or stolen.
Challan clearance report from the Traffic Police Department of Kolkata
Original DL (If damaged and available)
Photocopy of the DL (If available)
Address and age proof for reference
You can refer to the steps mentioned below to apply for a duplicate DL in Kolkata.
Step 1: Apply for a duplicate DL through the Parivahan portal and print/download the online application.
Step 2: Submit the online application and relevant documents to the RTO.
Step 3: The RTO will issue the duplicate DL after thoroughly verifying the application and documents.
Note: You must apply for a duplicate DL within 6 months of loss or theft of the original Driving Licence.
An International Driving Permit or IDP permits you to drive vehicles in foreign countries. This section will highlight the process of obtaining an IDP in Kolkata.
You will require the documents mentioned in the below list to get an International Driving Permit in Kolkata.
Form 1A (Medical Certificate)
Form 4A (Application form for IDP)
Copy of your Driving Licence
Copy of Passport and Visa
Copy of air ticket for verification
Passport-size photographs (4 copies)
You can follow the following steps to obtain an IDP in Kolkata.
Step 1: Visit the Parivahan portal’s official website.
Step 2: Select “DL Services” by navigating to the “Online Services” section.
Step 3: Select the state name “Kolkata” and click on “Apply for IDP”.
Step 4: Provide your permanent DL number and date of birth, enter the captcha code and click on “Get DL Details”.
Step 5: Follow the instructions on the following page and submit the application.
Step 6: Note the application number and print/download the online application.
Submit the application to the RTO and complete the verification procedures. After document verification, the RTO will issue the International Driving Permit.
Here’s the list of RTO offices in Kolkata where you can apply for a Driving Licence.
|RTO office||RTO code||Address|
|Beltala||WB-01, WB-02, WB-03, WB-04||Beltala Road, Garcha, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West-Bengal - 700020|
|Kasba||WB-05, WB-06||Sector C, East Kolkata Twp, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700107|
|Salt Lake||WB-07, WB-08||CM Block, Sector V, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West-Bengal - 700020|
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.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions and their answers related to the Kolkata Driving Licence application process.
An LL is mandatory because you must know the traffic rules and regulations before driving the vehicle. A Learner’s Licence also authorises you to learn to drive on public roads alongside a permanent DL holder.
If your Learner’s Licence has expired, you can renew it and apply for a driving test to get the Driving Licence.
Yes, clearing a driving test is a must to be eligible to get a Driving Licence.
The RTO cannot issue the DL if you fail the driving test. You can apply for a retest after 7 days in such a scenario.
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