In our country, it is mandatory to have a driving licence if you want the liberty to drive on roads. Whether you drive a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler, you must not drive unless you have a valid driving licence. Procuring a driving licence is compulsory in accordance with The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. As per this act, it is illegal for a person to drive a motor vehicle without having a driving permit. The provisions are the same for all the people of the country irrespective of the state or district.
A driving licence is a formal certificate issued by the concerned administration to permit the driver to ride the motor vehicle on roads. The document basically certifies that a person is eligible to drive vehicles such as bikes, cars, etc. It gives permission to an individual that he/she can drive without any expert supervision. Certain sets of formalities are supposed to be done after which a driving permit is given to an individual. A driving licence popularly known as DL is issued only after an individual undergoes the mandatory training and driving tests.
The eligibility criteria for a driving licence in India is pretty much simple. The applicant should be 18 years of age to apply for a licence for vehicles with gears. In case the vehicle is without gear, then the minimum driving age is 16 years, however, the consent of parents or guardians is required. If a person wishes to apply for a commercial vehicle licence, then he/she must have passed at least a class 8th examination. Besides this, an applicant applying for a driving licence should know the traffic rules and regulations. He/she must have valid ID proof and address proof.
RTO also referred to as Regional Transport Office issues a driving licence in India. There are a few steps to be followed in order to obtain a driving licence from an RTO. It should be noted that you need to visit your local RTO to apply for a driving licence. You can search online for more Vehicle RTO information such as an address, phone number and landmark of your local RTO to plan your visit accordingly.
Here is the list of documents required to obtain a driving licence from RTO:
- Age proof (Birth certificate, PAN card, Class 10th mark sheet or Passport)
- Address proof (Aadhar Card, Passport, Ration card, Voter ID card, Electricity bill)
- Passport size photographs
- Medical certificate (For applicants above 40 years of age)
Apart from these documents, a person has to fill an application form, submit the fees and give the driving test. You can get the application from your Local Regional Transport Office. In case you have no idea about your local RTO, then you can search online to get the complete details, for example, RTO Office details in Kerala can be checked online if you live in Kerala. RTOs are present in every state of India, hence does not matter where you live, you can easily reach your local RTO.