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Driving Licence in Telangana: How to apply online/offline

Team AckoApr 5, 2024

Telangana is one of the newly formed states in India. It is known for its age-old royal culture and forts. At the same time, the capital city, Hyderabad, is one of the top technology industry centres in the country. The rise of the IT industry has intensified the population growth in the state, resulting in more vehicles on the roads. 

Note that holding a Driving Licence (DL) is a legal obligation when it comes to riding or driving a vehicle in Telangana. If you fail to do so, Telangana e-challan will be issued in your name. Riding or driving without a DL means you are not following the law, which may lead to hefty fines. To avoid that, read on to know how to apply for a Driving Licence in Telangana before you start riding/driving a vehicle.





Types of Driving Licences in Telangana

In Telangana, you can choose to apply for the following kinds of Driving Licences.

Type of Driving Licence Vehicle type
Gearless vehicle DL Scooters, bikes, etc. that operate without gears
Geared two-wheeled vehicle DL Scooters, bikes, etc. that operate using a gearbox
Light four-wheeler DL Cars, vans, etc.
Transport vehicle DL Buses, trucks, etc.

Driving Licence application process in Telangana

The government enables you to complete the DL application process in Telangana via online and offline methods. Read ahead to understand the steps involved in both modes of application.

How to apply for a Driving Licence online in Telangana

Follow these steps to apply for a Driving Licence online in Telangana.

  • Step 1: Visit the official transport portal offered by the Government of Telangana State.

  • Step 2: Click on the “Learner’s Licence” option mentioned under the “Licence” tab.

  • Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Click here for Learner Licence Slot”.

  • Step 4: Agree to the terms and fill in the requested details, make payment, and book your LL slot. 

  • Step 5: Take the test to get your Learner Licence and practice your driving skills for a month.

  • Step 6: Go back to the Telangana Transport portal and apply for a “Permanent Licence” as an LL-holding applicant.

  • Step 7: Submit documents and pay the fees to get a slot for the driving competence test.

  • Step 8: Take a print of the application receipt and carry it with you to the RTO on the date of your driving competence test.

  • Step 9: Satisfy the RTO inspector with your driving skills and finish the biometric submission process.

Upon verification, the RTO will post your DL in a couple of days. 

How to apply for a Driving Licence offline in Telangana

Follow these instructions to apply for DL offline in Telangana.

  • Step 1: Collect the documents required for the LL application and visit your local Telangana RTO (Regional Transport Office).

  • Step 2: Request an application form for Learner’s Licence and fill it up accurately.

  • Step 3: Submit your application along with other documents and pay the relevant amount to get your receipt and application number.

  • Step 4: Take the preliminary test to obtain LL and complete your DL application process at the RTO.

  • Step 5: You will receive a DL application ID, payment receipt and a slot for your driving competence test.

  • Step 6: Appear for the driving skill test and follow the instructions of the RTO official.

If you clear the test successfully, the RTO will speed post or courier the Driving Licence to your address in a couple of days. 

How to check Driving Licence application status in Telangana

This is how you can view the status of your DL application in Telangana.

  • Step 1: Visit the official Sarathi website and choose your state “Telangana”.

  • Step 2: On the home page, you will find the button for “Application Status”.

  • Step 3: Upon clicking on the option, you can fill in the application number and other requested information.

  • Step 4: Hit “Submit” to have a look at the status of your DL application.

Driving test procedure in Telangana

Here are the key factors you must remember about the procedure of a driving test in Telangana.

  • The driving competence test is conducted by an inspector appointed by the RTO.

  • The procedure can differ based on the class of vehicle mentioned in the DL application.

  • A candidate must show his/her ability to drive/ride a vehicle while following traffic regulations.

  • In case of failing the test, one can re-apply for the same after 7 days.

Driving Licence fees in Telangana

Here is the fee structure of DL-related services in Telangana.

Type of service Fees (in Rs.)
To issue Learner Licence (different vehicle classes) 150
For taking or repeating LL test 50
For taking or repeating DL test 300
To issue Driving Licence (different vehicle classes) 200

Eligibility for Driving Licence in Telangana

The table mentioned below shows the age criteria for different kinds of DLs in Telangana.

Type of Driving Licence Age eligibility (in years)
Two-wheeler gearless vehicle licence 16 or older
Two/four-wheeler geared vehicle licence 18 or older
Commercial/heavy motor vehicle licence 20 or older

Apart from the age criteria, an applicant should be a holder of a valid LL and provide valid proof of their age and address. 

Documents required for Driving Licence in Telangana

The following are the major documents you will need to apply for a Driving Licence in Telangana.

  • Valid Learner’s Licence

  • Driving Licence application (Form 2)

  • Physical fitness declaration (Form 1)

  • Medical Certificate (Form 1A for commercial DL and applicants aged over 40)

  • Proof of age/address (Birth Certificate, Aadhaar card, Passport, etc.)

  • Passport photos

How to renew Driving Licence in Telangana

See the steps mentioned below to complete the DL renewal process in Telangana.

  • Step 1: Head to the Sarathi portal.

  • Step 2: Fill in your online application under “Apply for Driving Licence renewal” and submit the documents and payments.

  • Step 3: The RTO will verify the related documents and dispatch the renewed licence.

Duplicate Driving Licence in Telangana

To get a duplicate copy of your Driving Licence, you will need the following.

Documents required for duplicate DL in Telangana

Here are the documents included in the process of getting a duplicate copy of DL in Telangana.

  • Duplicate licence application (Form 2)

  • Copy of First Information Report (FIR) for losing a DL

  • Copy of affidavit for losing a DL

  • Certificate of challan clearance obtained from the Department of City Traffic Police

  • Proof of address

  • Proof of birth/age

  • Original DL (in case damaged)

  • Photocopies of original licence (if available) 

Steps to apply for duplicate Driving Licence in Telangana

Here are the steps involved in the process of getting a duplicate DL in Telangana.

  • Step 1: Visit the Sarathi website to fill out an online application for DL duplication and print the receipt.

  • Step 2: Go to the city RTO in your area with the documents and the receipt for verification.

  • Step 3: Wait for the new DL to be sent via post to your residential address.

Important: The RTO won’t accept a duplicate licence application after 180 days of loss/theft of the original document. 

International Driving Permit application in Telangana

To obtain an International Driving Permit in Telangana, you will need the following.

Documents required for IDP in Telangana

Here is a document list you will need during your application for IDP.

  • Copy of your domestic DL

  • Copy of the air ticket

  • Copy of your Passport

  • Copy of your Visa

  • Photographs (passport size)

  • Form 1A (Filled in and signed for medical certification)

  • Application for IDP in Form 4A

Steps to apply for IDP in Telangana

Here are the steps to follow during IDP application in Telangana.

  • Step 1: Go to the Sarathi Parivahan platform.

  • Step 2: Follow the instructions under the “Apply for IDP” section for application submission, then download the acknowledgement slip.

  • Step 3: Visit the RTO in your area for the process of verification.

The officials will post the International Driving Permit upon successful process completion and verification.

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)

These are a few questions asked frequently about DL in Telangana.

Must I apply for a Learner's Licence before submitting my DL application in Telangana?


Yes, the first stage of the DL process is getting a Learner’s Licence and holding it for at least a month before you can take your driving competence test for DL.

How old do I need to be to take the DL test in Telangana?


An applicant of DL must be 18 years or older in Telangana.

When can I take the driving test again if I can’t pass it on the first attempt in Telangana?


You can re-apply for the driving test after waiting for seven days after your first attempt.

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