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The age eligibility to receive a drivers license to ride or drive a vehicle in India is 18 years. However, there is a clause allowing minors to ride a non-geared bike at 16 with the consent of their parents or guardians. They also need a learners license with them, and the bike has to be marked with an ‘L’ so others know they are younger and learning.

Here are a few important things to remember:

  • All people, whether minors or majors, men or women, have to possess a valid driver's license to drive or ride vehicles.
  • Drivers licenses are issued by various RTO (Regional Transport Officers)
  • These are handled only after an individual passes their driving test and is of the legal age.
  • There are different categories of drivers licenses in India, and individuals need the right one to drive the right category of vehicles.
    • Non-Geared Motorcycle license.
    • Motorcycle license.
    • Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) license.
    • Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) License.

Individuals need to pass a theory exam encompassing their knowledge of road signs and driving rules before receiving their license to start practising driving.

These rules and regulations have come about through the 'Rules of the Road Regulation' and the ‘Motor Vehicle Act 1988’.

Drivers are compulsorily supposed to keep their original driver's license at hand when behind the steering.

Various driver’s licenses in India.

Driver’s licenses have an expiration date and need to be renewed or reapplied for every couple of years. All people should have valid licenses when driving in a public space. They need to have their own license, with their detail on it. Moreover, vehicle owners should have a license matching their vehicle. For instance, an LMV license (light motor vehicle) holder cannot drive a heavy vehicle. Here are the categories is greater detail.

Learners license.

Drivers need to get their hands on a learners license before they begin practising driving. Learners licenses come by after passing a theory exam on the rules of driving and road signs. They are valid for only six months from their date of issue.

Permanent driver’s license.

Thirty days after receiving a learners license, candidates can apply for their permanent driver's license, however, this should be done before their learner's license expires in 180 days. Although called a permanent license, it has an expiration date depending on the age of the applicant. To appear for a drivers license test, individuals need a complete understanding of the working of a vehicle, the rules of the road, and basic regulations.

Duplicate driver’s license.

On the off chance, there are issues with a driver’s license; it's damaged, lost, stolen, the license holder has to head to the RTO office and apply for a duplicate. The documents to be submitted are:

  • File an FIR referring to the loss of the license.
  • Surrender of the old and damaged one (depending on the circumstance).
  • Challan clearance report which would have to be applied for separately and submitted.
  • This states that the individual didn’t have any outstanding bills or tickets connected to the driver’s license in question.
  • This is only handled in case of commercial vehicle licenses.
  • Application Form LLD.

All the details in these forms will be cross-checked with the information already in their systems since these licenses were previously created. Since all information is gathered through records, the expiration date of the duplicate license will match the original.

All license holders should keep a photocopy of their licenses since there are a couple of details mentioned that might assist in tracking the misplaced one from records. It might also help with the entire application process and filling out the forms as well.

International drivers license.

If you are travelling out of the country but looking to drive there, you need an international drivers license. Its validity is 12 months and needs a permanent driver’s license for the application process. The validity of an international license can be extended in the foreign country during your stay. Other than the basic documentation of address and identity proof, an applicant has to provide their passport and visa details.

Motorcycle or two wheeler license.

Just like the name suggests, a two-wheeler license allows people to ride and operate motorcycles and scooters. The process of applying for one is similar to the other licenses but the test is only handled on a two-wheeler.

Light Motor Vehicle License (LMV).

A majority of four-wheeler licenses in the country fall under this category of license. It allows its holder to drive light cars, which are cars, minivans, jeeps, SUVs, taxis, delivery vans, and three wheelers.

Heavy Motor Vehicle License (HMV).

Just like light vehicle licenses, these are issued to drive heavier vehicles like trucks, lorries, tourist coaches, or buses. A person owning a heavy motor vehicle license is allowed to operate lighter vehicles as well, but not the other way around.

Permit


The Government along with other authorities make people apply for permits when running businesses or carrying out processes or tasks. These processes are more often than not, tedious but we have simplified everything by adding all the applications to make this system easier.

application for the grant of tourist vehicle permit

if you have a vehicle and would like tourists to use it for various purposes, you can sign up for a tourist vehicle permit. tourist vehicles comprise of cars being rented out to tourists or driven as cabs. download the permit application, fill it up and submit it to the office. after it has been approved, there might be an inspection of the vehicle before granting the permit.

form of declaration to be filled by a person who does not have either a permanent account number or general index register number and who makes payment in cash

if you are to open a bank account, you need to have a pan (permanent account number) card. this card is used when filing income tax returns at the end of every financial year. if you are trying to handle certain activities that require a pan card, but do not have one, you have to fill out a declaration stating that you do not have one. you might also have to mention that you are creating one and began working on the paperwork since pan cards are compulsory.

furnishing details of the vehicle

if you are trying to sell your vehicles, fill out a declaration mentioning the exact specifics of the car. add the different details of the automobile, the accessories added to the vehicle and any changes made during the tenure of the vehicle.

application for issue/renewal of radio cab license.

a radio cab is a cab hailed by calling a helpline and asking for one. running a radio cab needs a radio cab licence. furthermore, radio cabs can also work as normal cabs if they have their documentation and licences in place. we have the application for a radio cab on our website to make the process shorter.

form of duplicate radio cab license.

with the entry and exit of many passengers, sometimes licences get misplaced. there are a lot of formalities to be handled when one is lost. other than submitting the right applications and documents to the right places, you have to submit an application to apply for a new one. download the form, fill it out, and save yourself the time and effort of standing and waiting in a queue.

application for replacement of vehicle on permit

if the vehicle permit is damaged or wet, you have to create a new one. since you have all the details of the previous permit, you can add the same to get a replacement for your permit. you would also have to surrender the old and damaged permit.

application for duplicate permit

if you lose your permit, you have to mention the details of the lost permit and file a police case. you then have to apply for a duplicate permit that allows you to receive a copy of the permit so you can use it in the interim.

application for a permit in respect of a particular stage carriage

this application is needed when handling a vehicle that is going to be towing or pulling other carriages. this is usually required for trucks that pull other carriages or loads and travel great distances. drivers need permits if they are planning on pulling other carriages or adding a larger load to their vehicle. simply download the form and submit it to the nearest rto office.

application for request for deposit of permit

when applying for some permits, there is a deposit that has to be left behind. depending on the permit, the amount does vary. however, after the permit is surrendered or cancelled, you can collect the deposit amount (or some part of the deposit) initially left behind. you would have to file an application to claim back this deposit and the application can be downloaded from the website.

application for the grant of national permit

various vehicle permits allow vehicles to ply on different routes. there are local permits and national permits that allow drivers to move with their guests around the state or country. if you sign up for a national permit, it might cost more, but allows travel across state borders with guests driving to other states.

application for transfer of permit

if you want to transfer a permit for a vehicle or group of vehicles to someone else, the process is tiresome. you can download the applications and gather the required documents so it can all the submitted at the office. after going through the documents the vehicles might have to be inspected before the transfer is completed.

Registration


form of application for registration of a motor vehicle

after purchasing a motor vehicle, there are a bunch of registrations to be handled. the vehicle has to be registered with the regional transport office before it receives the go-ahead to be driven on the road. the showroom that sells the car usually handles this on your behalf but there are additional charges that they would levy. handling this yourself was initially a difficult process, but with the applications now on the website, it saves time and effort.

sale certificate

a sale certificate is a document given to an individual after purchasing an item larger than a particular amount. these documents are given out at auctions, purchases of cars or houses. after the sale is made and money transferred, the new owner of the item can ask for a sales certificate. sales certificates have a specific format. downloading an application from our website would be the best way to produce one.

initial certificate of compliance with pollution, standards, safety standards of components and road worthiness

after a vehicle has completed fifteen years, it has to be re-registered after making sure it meets all requirements and safety standards. owners have to send their vehicles to be re-inspected by the rto and re-register them again. this requires a pollution certificate and passing the engine and other tests. all the forms to get your vehicle back on the road are handled on our website.

intimation of loss or destruction etc. of the certificate of registration and application

if certificates or documents belonging to your vehicle have been lost or destroyed, you have to file for a new copy. you have to file a report with the authorities and submit a copy of the same to the rto. there are a bunch of forms to be filled to inform them about the loss or damage done and the same detailed reentered for a duplicate.

for the issue of duplicate certificate of registration

after losing or damaging a document of registration, you have to apply for a duplicate since you need some proof of owning the vehicle. very often a photocopy is not enough and you have to get something that is a little more formal. that is where a duplicate document comes in handy.

form of application for ‘no objection certificate and grant of certificate

if you are applying for documentation in someone else’s name, you need a no objection certificate from the first person. this certificate states that the first person doesn't mind another individual handling changes and documentation on their behalf. you can download the ‘no objection certificate’ or ‘grant of certificate’ from our websites.

form of notice of transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle

if an individual is looking to purchase a vehicle from another person, they have to handle two main steps. the payment and transferring the ownership of the vehicle. if this is not done, the vehicle remains in the name of the first person. this could be an issue if the vehicle is stolen, in an accident or worst case, involved in a crime. people can now download transfer of ownership documents from our website.

report of transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle.

after informing the authorities about a change in ownership of a vehicle, similar forms have to be submitted to start the process. these forms are available on the website too.

application for the transfer of ownership in the name of the person succeeding to the possession of the vehicle

vehicles have to be purchased after adding the name of the owner to the documents. this might not be much of a hassle when purchasing the vehicle but might end up as a tedious task when changing it to another name. this is ideally done if the owner passes away, or wants to pass it to a next of kin. in either case, an application, along with supporting documents would be needed to be submitted when handling this. proof of relationship between the owner and individual is a must. download the application form on the website.

intimation of change of address to be recorded in the certificate of registration.

if vehicle owners are changing their addresses, they have to make this change on the vehicle documents. this also has to be done on their proof of address documents like their driver's licence, pan card and others. individuals need to submit an application intimating the authorities about such a change.

application for making an entry of an agreement of hire-purchase / lease / hypothecation subsequent to registration

post purchasing a vehicle, there are a series of documents to be handled if the purchase was purchased on a loan or is being leased out to someone. if individuals want to get into an agreement post-purchase about hiring, purchasing or leasing a vehicle, the process has to be started through an application that can be downloaded off the website.

notice of termination of an agreement of hire purchase /lease /hypothecation

after the loan amount is cleared, individuals have to begin the process of undoing the hypothecation of documents and have it marked in their books. banks no longer own rights and have to stamp the documents stating the same. the forms to begin this process after paying the last instalment can be downloaded from the website.

application for issue of a fresh certificate of registration in the name of the financier

during the vehicle purchase process, if the vehicle is being bought through a financier, although it is being purchased in the owner's name, a document has to be submitted mentioning the name of the financier. this would mean that theoretically, the vehicle would belong to the financier until the loan amount has been paid off.

application for a duplicate certificate of temporary registration/fitness

after the vehicle completes a certain age, it has to be re-registered. in india, this is done after fifteen years. however, after the process is completed, vehicle owners will receive a new rc book for their cars. if this book gets damaged or misplaced, they would have to apply for a new one. you might need a temporary one if you are selling the vehicle and find someone who would be changing it to another name in a bit.

List Of States In India and Their RTO Application Forms


Assam

Registration

Bihar

Licence

Registration

Chhattisgarh

Registration

Delhi

Haryana

Registration Certificate

Himachal Pradesh

Jharkhand

Permits

Registration

Karnataka

Licence

Registration

Manipur

Registration

Meghalaya

Registration

Nagaland

Licence

Registration

Odisha

License

Permits

Registration

Rajasthan

Vehicle Registration

Tamil Nadu

License

Permit

Vehicle Registration

Uttrakhand

Registration