Learning License

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Good To Know : How To Apply For Learner’s License Through A Centralized Government Website?

The Logical Indian

August 23rd, 2016


Driving license is a mandatory document to drive in India. The first step to obtaining a Driving License in India is getting a Learner’s License. A Learner’s License is a document issued by the respective state Regional Transport Office (RTO) and Regional Transport Authority (RTO). You must be familiar with road rules and regulations to get a Learner’s License. Learning License is issued to the candidate after s/he passes an online test that will test his/her knowledge on road rules. Learner’s License allows you to practice driving on public roads when  you are accompanied by a person who holds a permanent Driving License.

We in general, tend to approach middlemen to obtain the learner’s license because of various reasons ,though there are many avenues available online from central and state transport departments. The Logical Indian requests everyone to use the avenues provided by the government and save thousands of rupees which are paid to the middlemen.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has been facilitating computerization of over 1000 Road Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country . Ministry entrusted National Informatics Centre the task to standardize & deploy the software VAHAN for Vehicle Registration and SARATHI for Driving Licenses and compilation of data with respect to Vehicle Registration and Driving Licenses of all the states in State Register and National Register.

The VAHAN & SARATHI are conceptualized to capture the functionalities as mandated by Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 as well as State motor vehicle Rules with customization in the core product to suit the requirements of 36 States.


Eligibility for obtaining a learner's license.

1Eligibility criteria for obtaining a non-transport and transport vehicles is different.

 a. For non-transport(Private) vehicle:

  • The minimum age of the applicant should be 16 years in the the case of 50 cc motor cycle without gear and 18 years in  case of motor cycle with gear or light motor vehicle.
  • In the the case of applicant between 16 to 18 years, the consent/declaration of the parents has to be given before the licensing authority.
  • In case of applicant above 50 years of age, the applicant shall submit CMV Form-1 (with passport size photo affixed) issued by a registered medical practitioner with validity for 1 year.

b. For non-transport(Commercial) vehicle:

  • The minimum age of the applicant should be 20 years in case of  autorickshaw, taxi, goods vehicle, bus etc.
  • The minimum educational qualification requirement is that the applicant should have cleared class 8 at the school level.

c. Driving Experience:

  • One year driving experience of Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) (NonTransport) for the issuance of LMV (Transport).
  • One year driving experience of LMV (Transport) for the issuance of HTV (Transport).
  • CMV Form-1A (with passport size photo affixed) issued by a registered medical with a validity of 1 year.

2 You have to write a test to obtain Learning License :

  • Applicants who already possess either a valid driving licence or a valid learner’s licence for a different class of vehicle are EXEMPTED from the preliminary test while applying for a new learner’s licence for a different class of vehicle.
  • The test shall be conducted on the computer.
  • In case the applicant is not computer literate, audio video test facility is also available. All probable questions along with answers likely to be asked during the test can be downloaded.
  • This test is of multiple choice objective type questions.
  • The applicant will get 10 questions randomly selected from the Question Bank.
  • Each question has to be answered in 1 minute.
  • For qualifying the test applicant has to get at least 6 questions correct otherwise he/she will be considered as failed.
  • In case the applicant fails the test, he/she may re-appear for the test twice on any day starting from the next day within a week, without having to pay any additional fee.

3Validity 0f Learners License.

A learner’s licence is valid throughout India for a period of 180 days only during which applicant should get his permanent licence for that category. In the case of expiry of the LL, the applicant needs to repeat the process afresh.


Applying for Learning License through Sarathi Service

Step 1: Visit Sarathi Service

Parivahan Sewa-LL,DL Step 1

Step 2: In the Sarathi Service page click on Apply Online -> New Learning License.

Parivahan Sewa-LL,DL Step 2

Step 3: Click on “Fill Application Details. “

Parivahan Sewa-LL,DL Step 3

Step 4: Since you are applying for Learning License select “I don’t have any license”

Parivahan Sewa-LL,DL Step 4

Step 5: Fill the Application form with all mandatory details and submit.

Parivahan Sewa-LL,DL Step 5

Step 6: Upload the relevant documents, book slot and pay the fee.

Parivahan Sewa-LL,DL Step 6


States which are not covered under central website.

The following states are not covered under the central website “ Sarathi” to apply for Learning License

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Jharkhand
Andhra Pradesh  Kerala
Arunachal Pradesh Tripura
Bihar Madhya Pradesh
Chhattisgarh  Manipur
Delhi Meghalaya
Goa Sikkim
Haryana Tamil Nadu


Disclaimer: *This information is subject to periodic government policy/processes change. Kindly contact the concerned department to cross check for recent updates, if any.


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