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Driving Licence in Maharashtra: How to apply online/offline

Team AckoApr 5, 2024

Maharashtra is the second most populous Indian state, and it’s also recognised as one of the country's largest industrial and commercial hubs. This is what results in a high density of vehicles on the roads, especially in the city of Mumbai. To regulate all these vehicles, the RTO issues a Driving Licence (DL) for people who want to drive/ride in the state. Read on to know the critical details of applying for a Driving Licence in Maharashtra.




Types of Driving Licences in Maharashtra

These are the different types of DLs you can apply for in Maharashtra.

Type of Driving Licence Vehicle type
DL for two-wheeled vehicles with no gearbox Gearless bikes, scooters, mopeds and others
DL for two-wheeled vehicles with a gearbox Geared bikes and scooters
DL for LMVs (Light Motor Vehicles) Vans, sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks, and others
DL for commercial and transport vehicles Trucks, buses, transport vans, etc.
Other DL categories Trucks that transport hazardous items, etc.

Driving Licence application process in Maharashtra

In this section, we will be discussing both the online and offline process of applying for a Driving Licence in Maharashtra.

How to apply for a Driving Licence online in Maharashtra

The online application process for a Driving Licence in Maharashtra involves the following steps.

  • Step 1: Visit the RTO service website called Parivahan.

  • Step 2: Pick “Driving Licence Service” mentioned under “Online Services”.

  • Step 3: From the states’ list, choose “Maharashtra” and then move to “Apply for LL or Learner’s Licence”.

  • Step 4: Complete your online application with document submission and pay the fee to get your preliminary test slot.

  • Step 5: Take the test on the designated day, and you will get your LL.

  • Step 6: Get to the Parivahan portal once again to fill in your application for DL under “applicant holds LL”.

  • Step 7: Upload documents and decide on a slot for the driving test to be held after 30 days of holding the LL.

  • Step 8: Make the required payments and take a printout of the receipt.

  • Step 9: Visit the selected RTO in your city to appear for the test.

Finish the exam and wait for the RTO officials to verify documents and dispatch your new DL via speed post/courier. 

How to apply for a Driving Licence offline in Maharashtra

The offline procedure of applying for DL in Maharashtra involves the following steps.

  • Step 1: The RTO website or RTO office in your city is where you can get Form 2 to apply for Learner’s Licence.

  • Step 2: Compile your documents and submit a filled-out application form to the RTO.

  • Step 3: Pay the fee requested for the process, and collect your slip of application acknowledgement. 

  • Step 4: You will get an LL exam slot to clear the preliminary test and get the Learning Licence.

  • Step 5: Once you get your LL, you can submit your DL application and get a date for your driving test.

  • Step 6: Practice your driving skills for a month and appear for the exam at your city RTO.

  • Step 7: Follow the instructions of the RTO officer and provide your biometric information upon completing your test successfully. 

When you are done with the process, the RTO office will perform the document verification process and dispatch your new DL to your home address. 

How to check the Driving Licence application status in Maharashtra

Between the submission of the application and receiving your DL, you can track the status of the process online through the following steps.

  • Step 1: Go online to access DL-related services at the Parivahan website. 

  • Step 2: Make your way to DL-related services mentioned in the tab called “Online Services”.

  • Step 3: Pick your state (Maharashtra), then get to “Application Status” given on the new screen.

  • Step 4: Enter the requested information in the given section and push “Submit”.

  • Step 5: You should be able to view the status of your Driving Licence application.

Driving test procedure in Maharashtra

The process of conducting a driving test differs for different types of vehicles, as mentioned below.

Driving test for four-wheelers

  • An applicant must pass the ground-and-road-rules-related exams.

  • The ground test checks your ability to drive on marks (patterns) like “U”, “H”, “T”, etc.

  • The road test checks how accurately you can follow the rules of traffic while driving.

  • The process is managed and monitored by an RTO official.

  • A retest is possible if you don’t pass the driving test. 

Driving test for two or three-wheelers

  • The two or three-wheeler driving test also includes road and ground examinations.

  • The candidate has to showcase their driving skills during the ground test on marks such as “T”, “8”, etc.

  • The road test tests the ability of a candidate to follow traffic regulations.

  • An RTO official conducts the required process and can reassign the test if your performance isn’t satisfactory enough.

Driving Licence fees in Maharashtra

The following table shows the fees related to Driving Licence services in Maharashtra.

Type of service Fees (in Rs.)
Learner’s Licence issuance 151
Learner’s Licence test 50
Permanent Driving Licence  716

Eligibility for Driving Licence in Maharashtra

Here are some of the key eligibility criteria to get a Driving Licence in Maharashtra.

  • A person applying for a gearless two-wheeled vehicle DL has to be 16 years of age.

  • A person applying for a geared LMV DL has to be 18 years of age or older.

  • A person applying for a transport vehicle DL has to be at least 20 years of age and cleared eighth class.

  • The applicant should be well-aware of traffic regulations and rules.

  • The application must hold a valid LL or Learner’s Licence.

  • The applicant must clear the necessary exam to get a DL.

Documents required for Driving Licence in Maharashtra

The following are the documents you will be asked for when applying for a permanent Driving Licence in Maharashtra. 

  • Form 1 (For physical fitness)

  • Valid Learning Licence (LL)

  • Form 1A (Medical certification for applicants applying for transport DL or who are older than 40 years of age)

  • Form 2 (Filled out for Driving Licence)

  • Documents for address/age proof (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Birth Certificate, Voter ID, etc.)

  • Photos (6 copies in passport-size)

How to apply for a Driving Licence renewal in Maharashtra

Here are the steps to be followed when you need to renew your DL in Maharashtra.

  • Step 1: Sarathi platform is where you can find the option for “DL renewal”.

  • Step 2: Follow the instructions and submit your online application along with the processing fee.

  • Step 3: Download/print the receipt for later use until the RTO verifies documentation and issues the licence.

Duplicate Driving Licence in Maharashtra

A duplicate Driving Licence is required when you damage or lose your originally issued document. The following sections will help you with the steps and documents involved in the process of getting the same.

Documents required for duplicate DL in Maharashtra

The following are the documents necessary when applying to obtain a duplicate licence in Maharashtra.

  • Form 2 (Filled out for duplicate DL)

  • Challan clearance certificate given by your city Traffic Police Department

  • Affidavit and FIR copies (When you lose your DL)

  • Originally issued Driving Licence (When you damage your DL)

  • Age/address proof

  • DL photocopies (if available)

Steps to apply for duplicate Driving Licence in Maharashtra

The following are the steps you need to follow to submit your duplicate licence application in Maharashtra.

  • Step 1: Submit your duplicate DL application via the Sarathi portal and collect a receipt for it.

  • Step 2: Pay a visit to the RTO in your locality to submit your application, documents and receipt. 

  • Step 3: The officials will conduct verification of your request and then send the duplicate DL to your residence through the post.

Note: The request for duplicate DL is accepted by the RTO only within the 6 months of loss, theft, or damage of the original DL.

International Driving Permit application in Maharashtra

The International Driving Permit (IDP) in Maharashtra will require the following documents/process.

Documents required for IDP in Maharashtra

The following are the documents needed for IDP in Maharashtra.

  • Driving Licence (Copy)

  • Visa and Passport (Copies)

  • Air ticket (Copy)

  • Form 4A (IDP application)

  • Form 1A (Certificate of being medically fit)

  • Photographs (4 passport-size copies)

Steps to apply for IDP in Maharashtra

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

  • Step 1: Submit your application for IDP via the Sarathi portal

  • Step 2: Download the receipt of acknowledgement.

  • Step 3: Go to the RTO in your city for the verification process.

You will receive the IDP through the post from RTO after the successful verification of all documents.

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 are some of the commonly asked questions about Driving Licence in Maharashtra.

Is a Learning Licence required to apply for permanent DL in Maharashtra?


Yes, a valid LL is mandatory to apply for a permanent DL in Maharashtra.

Can I get a new DL without a driving test in Maharashtra?


No, successfully completing the driving test is compulsory to obtain your permanent Driving Licence.

Is it possible to retake the driving test in Maharashtra?


Yes, you can take the driving test again after at least seven days of your current attempt.

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