Team AckoJan 19, 2023
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.
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
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.
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
Fitness declaration report
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.
You can conveniently put an online application for a driving licence in Punjab.
Open the officialParivahan website.
Go to Driving licence Services.
Choose DL Services from the Online Services section.
Choose your state.
Click on "Apply for Learner's licence."
Fill in the necessary details.
Provide the needed documents.
Make the payment.
Choose the appropriate Learner's licence test slot.
Visit the RTO office on the date you selected.
After clearing the test, collect your learner licence.
After receiving your LL, visit the Parivahan official site and apply for DL.
Select 'Applicant Holds Learner licence'. Fill in the form and attach the required documents.
Click on "Appointments" and make an appointment for a driving test after a month of getting your LL.
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.
To apply offline, refer to the following steps.
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.
Fill in the form and carry the needed documents with you.
Visit the nearest RTO office, and submit the application.
Pay the applicable fees by scheduling the LL test.
Appear for the learner licence test.
Receive the LL after clearing the test.
Once acquired, apply for the DL after 30 days.
Pay the fees and get the receipt.
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.
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:
Visit the official website of Parivahan.
Go to Online Services and select DL services.
Select your state.
Go to the Application Status.
Fill in the details such as date of birth and application number.
Complete the captcha and submit.
Check the status of your DL application.
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.
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.
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.
Renewal of LL
Addition of vehicle class on DL
Form 7 DL issuance
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.
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)
Age and address proof for authentication
Follow the steps given below to apply for a duplicate DL in Punjab.
Visit the official Parivahan site to apply for the Duplicate DL.
Download the acknowledgement slip.
Fill in the form and submit the needed documents.
The RTO office will verify the documentation and send the duplicate DL to your registered address.
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.
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
Valid passport copy
Address and age proof such as Aadhar card
Valid Visa copy
Visit the official Parivahan Site.
Select your state.
Go to "Apply for IDP".
Fill in the form with your DL number, captcha, and date of birth.
Visit the nearest RTO office for verification.
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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.
Expired copy of the DL
Age and Address proof
Receipt of application fees
Visit the officialParivahan site.
Go to DL renewal online.
After verifying the documentation, the RTO will send the renewed DL to your registered address.
Go to the nearest RTO office for the application form. Alternatively, you can download the application form through the Parivahan site.
Fill out the application form.
Submit the needed documents.
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.
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A learner's licence in Punjab remains valid for 6 months.
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.
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.
A duplicate driving licence holds the same value as the original document.
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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