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

Team AckoApr 5, 2024

Punjab is the land of five major rivers passing through India - Beas, Jhelum, Chenab, Sutlej, and Ravi. The state has great tourist spots and business centres, which is why people move across the state using its extensive road and rail network. 

If you plan to travel through and explore this beautiful state with a vehicle, it is necessary to have a driver's licence. As per the rules and regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, all Indian citizens must own driving licences to ride or drive their motor vehicles.

In this article, we have covered all the necessary information on how to apply for and get a driving licence in Punjab and how to acquire an international driving permit.




Types Of Driving licences in Punjab

A DL is a legal document which allows people to legally ride or drive their vehicle on Indian roads. Several rules are associated with the application of DL, varying from state to state.

Primarily, a DL is issued based on the category of vehicle you want to drive. The following are different types of DL you can apply for in Punjab:

  • DL For gearless bikes

  • DL for geared bikes

  • DL for four-wheelers

  • DL for Invalid carriage

  • DL for Medium passenger vehicle

  • DL for Road roller

  • DL for Medium goods vehicle

  • DL for Heavy goods vehicle

  • DL For Heavy passenger vehicles

Eligibility to Obtain a DL in Punjab:

To obtain a DL in Punjab, you will have to fulfil the following eligibility criteria.

  • The applicant must be 18 years and above.

  • The applicant must have an active Learner licence.

  • The applicant must appear for the driving test 30 days after getting an LL.

  • The applicant must pass the driving test.

  • The applicant's LL must not be older than 180 days from the issuance date.

DL in Punjab: Documents Required 

Make sure to possess the following documents when applying for a DL in Punjab.

  • Driving licence application form

  • Applicants who are over 40 should provide a medical certificate

  • Age and address proof, such as Aadhaar, Passport, Pan Card, etc

  • Copy of valid Learner licence

  • Passport-sized photos

  • Fees receipt

  • Fitness declaration report

Application Process for Driving licence in Punjab

In Punjab, the DL application process is very convenient. You can apply online or traditionally by going to the RTO office in Punjab.

The following sections highlight the process of both the online and offline processes in detail.

DL Application in Punjab: Online Process

You can conveniently put an online application for a driving licence in Punjab.

  1. Open the officialParivahan website.

  2. Go to Driving licence Services.

  3. Choose DL Services from the Online Services section.

  4. Choose your state.

  5. Click on "Apply for Learner's licence."

  6. Fill in the necessary details.

  7. Provide the needed documents.

  8. Make the payment.

  9. Choose the appropriate Learner's licence test slot.

  10. Visit the RTO office on the date you selected.

  11. After clearing the test, collect your learner licence.

  12. After receiving your LL, visit the Parivahan official site and apply for DL.

  13. Select 'Applicant Holds Learner licence'. Fill in the form and attach the required documents.

  14. Click on "Appointments" and make an appointment for a driving test after a month of getting your LL.

  15. Pay the applicable fees and download the receipt for future reference.

When you go for a driving test, you will be monitored by the RTO inspector, who will evaluate and analyse your driving skills. Once you have cleared the test, you can move on with the biometric process.

Once all the formalities are completed, the RTO will send the DL to your registered address.

Note: If the RTO officials are unsatisfied with your driving, you may apply for a retest after a week.

Applying For Driving licence in Punjab Offline

To apply offline, refer to the following steps.

  1. Acquire the application for the LL by visiting the nearest RTO office. Alternatively, you can download the application through the official website of the RTO.

  2. Fill in the form and carry the needed documents with you.

  3. Visit the nearest RTO office, and submit the application.

  4. Pay the applicable fees by scheduling the LL test.

  5. Appear for the learner licence test.

  6. Receive the LL after clearing the test.

  7. Once acquired, apply for the DL after 30 days.

  8. Pay the fees and get the receipt.

  9. Visit the RTO office to attend the driving test.

Once the RTO officials are satisfied with your driving skills, they will guide you through the biometric process and dispatch the DL. The RTO will send the document to your address through post.

Note: If you fail the test, you can re-apply for a driving retest after 7 days.

How To Check Driving licence Application Status Online in Punjab

Once you have applied for the DL in Punjab, it is necessary to keep up with the application status. Follow the appended steps to check the status of your application:

  1. Visit the official website of Parivahan.

  2. Go to Online Services and select DL services.

  3. Select your state.

  4. Go to the Application Status.

  5. Fill in the details such as date of birth and application number.

  6. Complete the captcha and submit.

  7. Check the status of your DL application.

What is the Driving Test Process in Punjab?

The process of driving tests in Punjab is based on the regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The driving test process for bikes and cars differs, which we have covered below.

Car Driving Test

  • For four-wheelers, there are road and ground tests. 

  • You will be required to drive on a public road in the road test. It assesses your driving skills by considering the traffic rules you follow.

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

  • An RTO inspector will be with you and always monitor your driving.

  • If the inspector is unsatisfied with your driving, you can apply for a retest after a week.

Bike Driving Test

  • Like the four-wheeler driving test, the bike test also consists of road and ground tests.

  • In the road test, you will ride the bike on a public road. It is for assessing your driving skills in real traffic.

  • You must ride the bike on 8 and T-patterned tracks in the ground test without stopping.

If the officials are happy with your driving skills, the RTO will dispatch the document to your registered address. If you fail, you can take a retest in a week's time.

Driving licence Fees In Punjab

Service Type


DL issuance

Rs. 50

Driving Test

Rs. 50

Renewal of LL

Rs. 30

Addition of vehicle class on DL

Rs. 50

DL Renewal

Rs. 50

Form 7 DL issuance

Rs. 200

How to Get A Duplicate Driving licence in Punjab?

If you damage or lose your driving licence in Punjab, you can request a duplicate copy of the same. The following sections will tell you everything about acquiring a duplicate driving licence in Punjab.

Documents Required 

You will need the following documents for a duplicate driving licence.

  • Application form of duplicate DL. You can download it by visiting the official website of Parivahan or the nearest RTO office.

  • FIR report for loss of DL

  • Clearance report for the challan

  • Original driving licence (if available)

  • DL photocopy

  • Age and address proof for authentication

Steps To Follow

Follow the steps given below to apply for a duplicate DL in Punjab.

  1. Visit the official Parivahan site to apply for the Duplicate DL.

  2. Download the acknowledgement slip.

  3. Fill in the form and submit the needed documents.

  4. The RTO office will verify the documentation and send the duplicate DL to your registered address.

International Driving Permit in Punjab

When you acquire an active Driving licence in Punjab, you can apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP). With an IDP, you can drive vehicles anywhere in the globe.

The following section highlights the process and steps of applying for an IDP.

Required Documents

Carry the following documents when applying for an IDP in Punjab:

  • IDP application form, which you can download through the Parivahan website.

  • Current copy of the DL

  • Medical certificate

  • Valid passport copy

  • Address and age proof such as Aadhar card

  • Valid Visa copy

  • Passport-sized photos

Steps To Follow

  1. Visit the official Parivahan Site.

  2. Select your state.

  3. Go to "Apply for IDP".

  4. Fill in the form with your DL number, captcha, and date of birth.

  5. Apply.

  6. Visit the nearest RTO office for verification.

Punjab RTO Codes

RTO Office


Rampura Phul

PB 40

Saman, Patiala

PB 42

Guru Har Sahai

PB 77

Renewing Driving licence in Punjab

In Punjab, non-commercial driving licence validity is for 20 years. After 2 decades, you will have to renew this legal document. Commercial vehicle DLs remain valid for 3 years.

The following section elaborates on how to renew your driving licence in Punjab.

Documents Required:

  • Expired copy of the DL

  • Age and Address proof

  • Passport-size photos

  • Receipt of application fees

Driving Licence Renewal Online

  1. Visit the officialParivahan site.

  2. Go to DL renewal online.

  3. After verifying the documentation, the RTO will send the renewed DL to your registered address. 

Driving Licence Renewal Offline 

  1. Go to the nearest RTO office for the application form. Alternatively, you can download the application form through the Parivahan site.

  2. Fill out the application form.

  3. Submit the needed documents.

  4. The RTO will send the renewed DL to your registered address through post.


The driving licence application process is quite straightforward in Punjab. All the processes and steps are as per the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. It is mandatory to have a DL, or you may be penalised or jailed if found guilty many times.

Explore  our website to read informative blogs about motor vehicles and insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



For how long does my learner's licence remain valid in Punjab?

A learner's licence in Punjab remains valid for 6 months.

Do I have to take a driving test for a learner's licence?

You need not take a driving test for a learner's licence. You will have to pass the theory test to get the learner licence.

What happens if I fail the driving test?

If you fail the driving test, the RTO will not dispatch the DL until you have cleared the test. You can opt for the retest after waiting for 7 days.

Is a duplicate copy of DL valid?

A duplicate driving licence holds the same value as the original document.

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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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