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Driving Licence in Ludhiana: How to Apply Online/Offline?

Team AckoApr 5, 2024

Ludhiana is Punjab's largest city, famous for its vibrant industries and incredible tourist places. Ludhiana has about 10,000 small-scale units for the manufacturing of ladies' footwear. The roads in this city are very well-maintained, and you can travel from one part of the city to another in no time.

However, it is mandatory to possess an active driving licence to ride or drive vehicles in Ludhiana, to explore and see what the city is all about. Ludhiana's vehicle department follows the provisions laid in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, which has made it compulsory for drivers to hold valid DLs in the city.

To get a driving licence in Ludhiana, you will have to visit the nearest RTO, where you will have to pass the driving test to get your legal document. The whole process of the driving licence application is simple and can be done in the comfort of your home.

This comprehensive guide will teach you all about driving licences in Ludhiana and how you can apply online and offline.




What Are The Different Driving Licences in Ludhiana?

To get a driving licence in Ludhiana, you must determine the vehicle class you want to drive. The following are the different categories of vehicles for which you can apply for a DL:

  • Two-wheeler - This is the most basic type of DL that allows you to ride any two-wheeler under 50cc.

  • Light Motor Vehicle - This is required to ride a 50cc+ motorcycle with gear. 

  • Motorcycle Without Gears - This is required to ride motorcycles without gears, such as mopeds, scooters, e-bikes, etc.

  • Commercial Motor Vehicle - This non-transportation licence enables you to use a light motor vehicle for commercial purposes. 

  • Heavy Passenger - This licence is required to drive heavy passenger motor vehicles or trucks.

  • Heavy Goods - This licence is required to drive heavy motor vehicles.

  • Heavy Trailer - This licence is required to drive heavy vehicles like trailers.

Driving licence Eligibility Criteria in Ludhiana

To get a permanent DL in Ludhiana, you will have to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • To get a DL, the applicant must be over 18 years.

  • The candidate must hold a LL not older than 6 months.

  • The candidate must clear the tests for both DL and LL to obtain a permanent driver's licence.

What Documents Are Needed For Driving Licences?

To get a driving licence in Ludhiana, you will need to have the following documents at hand:

  • Passport-sized photos

  • Fee payment slip

  • Form 1A

  • Form 2

  • Form 1

  • Address and Age proof

How to Apply For a Driving licence in Ludhiana?

As mentioned earlier, you can apply for a DL in Ludhiana online and offline. The following sections will explain the steps to apply for a DL online and offline.

Online Application Process

Follow the steps mentioned below to apply for a DL online in Ludhiana:

  1. Go to the official Parivahan website.

  2. On the home screen, navigate and click on Online Services.

  3. Click DL-related services.

  4. Choose your state and apply for a LL (Learner's licence).

  5. Fill out and submit the learner licence application.

  6. Provide the needed documents and select an LL test slot.

  7. Go for the LL test on the chosen date

  8. Clear the test to acquire your LL.

  9. Wait for 30 days and then visit the Parivahan site to apply for a permanent DL.

  10. Fill out the application form after visiting "Apply for Driving licence."

  11. Choose the driving test slot.

  12. Visit the nearest RTO office for a driving test.

  13. After a successful driving test, submit your biometrics.

Once all the steps are done, the Regional Transport Office will dispatch the DL to your registered address.

Offline Process

Follow the steps below to apply for a DL offline in Ludhiana:

  1. Visit the RTO office to get a learner licence form. Alternatively, you can download and print the application form through the official Parivahan website.

  2. Fill up the form with the required details and the requested documents.

  3. Go for the LL test.

  4. Clear the test to get a learner licence.

  5. Choose 'Driving licence' among the options.

  6. Submit the application fees and receive the receipt for future reference.

  7. Go to your nearest RTO on the scheduled date.

  8. Clear the driving test.

  9. Once cleared, proceed with the biometric data.

  10. Once all formalities are completed, the RTO will send your Driving Licence to your registered address.

Checking Driving licence Application Status in India

Once you have applied for the DL, you must stay updated with the DL status. The following section will tell you how you can check your DL application status in Ludhiana.

  1. Go to Sarathi Parivahan.

  2. Select your state.

  3. Click on Application status.

  4. Enter your application ID and birth date, and complete the captcha.

  5. Click "Submit," and the page will show your application status.

How is the Driving Test Conducted in Ludhiana?

Generally, motor vehicle inspectors conduct and oversee the driving test process in Ludhiana. The driving test for two and four-wheelers is a deciding factor that shows your eligibility to hold a driving licence in Ludhiana.

Two-Wheeler Driving Test

  • Two primary bike tests are the road and ground tests.

  • In the road test, the RTO officer will assess your traffic knowledge by asking you to drive on public roads.

  • On the ground, you will be asked to ride on 8 and T-patterned tracks without stalling and stopping.

If you fail the test, you will have to apply again after a mandatory 7-day waiting period.

Four-Wheeler Driving Test

  • Ground and Road tests are conducted for car DL tests.

  • You will have to drive on U and T-patterned tracks in the ground test.

  • The road test will help the RTO inspector to assess your road knowledge.

  • If the RTO official is not happy with your test result, you will have to opt for a re-test.

Driving licence Fees In Ludhiana



Issuance of Learner’s licence

Rs. 30

Driving licence Issuance

Rs. 50

DL Form 7

Rs. 200

Driving licence Renewal

Rs. 50

How to Request a Duplicate Driving licence in Ludhiana?

You can request a duplicate driving licence from the RTO if you have lost or damaged the current document. Read the following to know the documents needed and the steps for getting a duplicate driving licence:


  • Duplicate driving licence application form. You can get it through the RTO office or download it from the Parivahan website.

  • FIR report for the damage or loss of DL.

  • A report stating that all your challan is cleared.

  • Address proof 

  • Age proof

How to Apply?

After piling up the documentation, the following steps will help you apply for the duplicate DL in Ludhiana:

  1. Visit the official Parivahan site.

  2. Click "Apply for duplicate DL."

  3. Fill out and submit the form with the required details.

  4. Go to the nearest Regional Transport Office to submit the documents.

  5. The RTO will verify your document and ship the duplicate Driving Licence to your residence.

How to Acquire an International Driving Permit in Ludhiana

An IDP or International Driving Permit makes you eligible to drive or ride legally outside India. If needed, read the following section to learn all about the IDP document requirements and how you can apply:


Before you apply for an IDP in Ludhiana, you will have to get the following documents:

  • IDP application, you can download it through the official Parivahan site.

  • Copy of your current DL

  • Medical certificate

  • Documents that will serve as age and address proof, such as an Aadhaar card.

  • Valid passport copy

  • Passport-sized photos


Follow the given steps to get an IDP in Ludhiana:

  1. Choose your state on the officialParivahan website.

  2. Navigate and go to "Apply For International Driving Permit."

  3. Enter your birth date, application number, and Driving licence number, and complete the captcha. 

  4. Complete the application and print the receipt for future reference.

  5. Go to the nearest Regional Transport Office to verify.

The RTO will take some time for verification. Once all the documents are verified, the RTO will issue the IDP.

RTO Office Code in Ludhiana

RTO Office




How to Renew Driving licence in Ludhiana

A driving licence usually remains valid for a maximum of twenty (20) years. Once 20 years have passed, you will have to renew this vital legal document. To know how to renew your driving licence in Ludhiana, read the following:


  • Expired driving licence

  • DL renewal application form (download it through the Parivahan official site)

  • Age and address proof

  • Physical fitness declaration

  • Passport-sized photos

Online Renewal Process

  1. To renew your DL online, visit the official Sarathi Parivahan website.

  2. Navigate and click on "Online Services."

  3. Select "Driving licence Services."

  4. Select your state.

  5. Select DL renewal.

  6. Enter your DL number with your date of birth.

  7. Cross-check the details.

  8. Choose your RTO, state, and DL class.

  9. Fill out the form.

  10. Provide the documents.

Once verified, the RTO will send the renewed DL.

Offline Renewal Steps

  1. Obtain the DL renewal application form.

  2. Fill out and submit the form and documents.

  3. Pay the applicable fees.

RTO may take some time to verify and send the renewed document after verification.


Having a bike or a car is an essential means of transportation. Holding a valid driving licence is essential since it will allow you to drive legally in Ludhiana. If you don't have a driving licence, the traffic police may penalise you.

Explore our website for the latest and updated information to help you navigate the murky waters of traffic laws and insurance.


Here are some answers to the common questions related to driving licnece in Ludhiana


Do I have to give a medical certificate to get a DL in Ludhiana?

If you are over 50, you must provide a medical certificate to apply for a DL.

How long will it take for my LL to expire? 

The validity of an LL is for 180 days.

Will I have to renew my learner licence after 6 months?

If you haven't applied for a DL within 6 months after LL issuance, you will have to apply again for a learner licence.

What is the validity of a commercial licence?

A commercial DL is valid for 3 years.

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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.


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