Driving License in Kolkata, West Bengal

Looking to obtain a driving license in Kolkata, West Bengal? In West Bengal, to be able to drive your two-wheeler vehicles or a car, you must first get your ‘Learners License’ and then move on to a ‘Permanent Driving License’ within at least six months. You can even book your slot for the permanent driving license test within a month of getting the Learner’s License. You will need to follow a particular process for the same as well as to renew the license, apply for a lost one and an international license.

Eligibility for Getting a Driving License

  • The applicant must be with a minimum age of 18 years or above to apply.
    For permanent license and be able to drive gearless bike one msut be of atleast age of 16 years.
  • One must first get hold of a learner’s license first
  • When the learner’s license is a month old but not more than 6 month, one needs to apply for a permanent driving license.
  • If one is of minimum age of 20 years and already have your Learner’s License, you can apply for a commercial vehicle license.
  • All applicants must be up to date with the traffic rules and regulations

Application process for driving license in Kolkata, West Bengal

If you are applying for a driving license in Kolkata, follow these simple steps:

  • Visit the nearest RTO in Kolkata to collect your application form or directly apply through a motor driving school.
  • You may also download and print the application form from the website.
  • In the form, you will have to fill the following details:
    • Full name
    • Father’s Name
    • Residential address
    • Education qualification
    • Date of birth
    • Place of birth
    • Blood group
    • Identification mark
  • Submit the required documents (residential address proof, passport sized photos, ID proof.)
  • After submitting the documents, you will get a slot for preliminary test where your familiarity with regulations, traffic laws, and road rules
  • Once the test has been passed, you will get the learner’s license
  • One must have a valid Learner’s License and must apply within 180 days of issue of the Learner’s License if intended to have a permanent driving license
  • In case you are unsuccessful then you can opt for the next available slot after a month

Required Documents for Getting a Driving License in Kolkata, West Bengal

  1. Form No.4 (driving license application)
  2. Self-attested Photo (6 passports sized photos for learner’s license and 1 for permanent license)
  3. Residence proof, with attested copy of the following:
    1. Ration card (with affidavit) or
    2. Voter’s ID card or
    3. Valid passport or
    4. Aadhar Card or
    5. Rent agreement of Residence in Kolkata with electricity bill or gas bill
    6. Life Insurance policy which or LIC which is at least 6 months old and has the latest receipt or
    7. Employer’s certificate if you work with the Local Bodies/Central Government or Government of West Bengal accompanied by an attested copy of your employee Identity Card.
  1. Age Proof (an attested copy of any of the following):
    1. Educational certificate or
    2. Birth certificate or
    3. A valid passport or
    4. 10th Standard marksheet or
    5. Passport or
    6. PAN card
    7. Employer’s certificate for employees working with the Local Body / State Government / Central Government supported by an attested copy of your Identity Card.

How to Apply for a Duplicate Driving License

A duplicate driving license can be availed from any Transport Department office in Kolkata if your license has been stolen, mutilated or lost. You will need the following documents to get a duplicate one in Kolkata:

  1. An application in Form LLD
  2. In case it is lost then a FIR/NCR
  3. Fitness certificate in Form No. 1
  4. 200/- fee
  5. Copy of address proof, attested by a public Notary or Gazetted Officer

The duplicate license will be issued by after all the particulars have been verified from the existing records. However, if the driving license has been lost for more than 6 months, then, you will require special permission from the Headquarter of the Transport Department to get a new one.

Application Process to Renew Your Driving License in West Bengal

For renewal of a driving license in Kolkata, the validity period is 30 years from the date when the permit had been issued. In case the license holder is 50 years before the period of 20 years is over, then the license should be renewed when the applicant reaches the age. The forms or certificates which have to be deposited for the renewal of the license are:

  1. Application Form No.9
  2. Two copies of the recent passport size photograph of the applicant
  3. Medical Certificate in Form No.1 if the candidate is above 40
  4. The present driving license being used by the applicant in Kolkata
  5. Age proof and residential proof documents
  6. All the photocopies have to be attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public.
  7. A copy of the laminated driving license will be provided after depositing Rs.
  8. The RTO department officials often do not verify the details if they feel that the particulars provided are
  9. The renewed license is usually handed over to the applicant on the same day after all the verification is over.

Different Kinds of Driving Licenses

The West Bengal government issues three types of driving licenses depending on the vehicle driven by the applicant:

  1. Driving license issued for bikes without gear:

People who ride mopeds and gearless bikes are usually provided this type of driving license. You will have to be at least 16 years of age to avail this. The documentation required is usually same and the time required does not vary.

  1. Driving license for light motor vehicles:

People driving cars and motorcycles with gears can apply for this license. The applicant needs to be at least 18 years to apply for the same.

  1. Driving license issued for transport vehicles:

For driving a transport vehicle all like a cab, truck, lorry, private service vehicle, and trailer, you must apply after you have reached the age of 20. To avail such a license you must be physically fit and aware of all the driving regulations.

International Driving License in West Bengal

The international driving license is for foreign nationals living in or traveling to Kolkata, West Bengal. Any international or Indian citizens living in another country can also apply for a driving license in the state. The RTO authority issues an International driving license to such individuals:

  • Apply to the licensing authority within the jurisdiction of your area, along with the required documents. Indian citizens require practice in driving while applying for the same because, in foreign countries, people have a left-hand drive while our cars have a right-hand
  • Indian citizens can drive abroad using their International driving license, which has a validity period of 1 year
  • The applicant must appear in person for a re-test if the driving license is issued within three months
  • The license must be availed from the country which the applicant is going to visit within the next one period.
  • The fee required for issuing the International Driving license is around Rs.1000/, but the official site should be checked for the exact amount.

Documents for International Driving License

  • An Application Form for International Driving Permit
  • A valid proof to show that you are an Indian citizen
  • Driver’s license. The validity period should be more than a year from the date of application. If the validity is less than a year, then, the candidate has to apply for a new
  • Address proof
  • Valid Passport which will expire more than a year from the date of application along with a certified copy
  • A valid Visa which will expire more than a year from the international driving license
  • Five passports sized photos
  • A medical certificate (Form No.1-A)
  • Payment of Rs. 1,000/

Tips for Clearing the Driving Test

  • Turn off the vehicle only after it has stopped completely.
  • Shifting the gears smoothly is important if you are driving a car.
  • Use both the rear and side mirrors during riding.
  • Prior to turning, don’t forget to put an indicator and show the hand signal.
  • An RTO officer will be standing near the test area to see how well you ride the bike.
  • If you are driving a car, then, the officer will sit in the car with you to see how well you drive.

Offices You Can Visit for Obtaining Driving License in Kolkata

  • Barsat RTO,

Barasat, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700124

  • Alipore RTO

25, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700027

  • Public Vehicles Department,

38, Beltala Road, Garcha, Bellygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700020

  • Road Transport Corporation,

Entally, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700014

  • Road Transport Corporation,

17, Tarachand Dutta Street, Burrabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700073

  • Sub Divisional Officer’s Office RTO,

SN Banerjee Rd, Cantonment, Barrackpore, West Bengal 700120

  • Motor Vehicles Department, RTO Salt Lake,

CM Block, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091

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