Driving your own vehicle is convenient and simpler than depending on paid drivers or hired cabs. When you know driving you can use your vehicle any time you want. To learn driving and to drive legally in India, you need to have a valid driving license. When you apply for a driving license, you are, first allotted a learning license before you can avail a driving license. This learning license is valid for six months after which you can apply for a driving license.
Maharashtra is a big and busy State and though there are different modes of public transport, many of you might prefer owning and driving your own vehicle. To do so, you would have to apply for a learner’s license followed by a driving license before driving on Maharashtra roads legally. Let’s therefore, understand the complete process of applying for and availing a learner’s license in Maharashtra.
The RTO issues different types of learning licenses depending on the type of vehicle which you intend to drive. Thus, there are different types of learning licenses which are issued by the RTO in Maharashtra depending on the type of the vehicle and its intended use. These types of licenses include the following –
To get a learner’s license in Maharashtra, you would have to fulfil the specified eligibility criteria. These criteria include the following –
Applying and availing a learner’s license in Maharashtra is the first step to get a driving license. A driving license is not issued until you have a learner’s license in your name. So, if you want to obtain a driving license, a learner’s license is a must. The license allows you to drive on the roads of Maharashtra so that you can learn about the traffic rules and also practice your driving skills. Once you are comfortable with driving, you can apply for a permanent driving license and easily pass the required driving test if you have practised properly after availing a learner’s license. A learning license is, therefore, essential for you to drive and practice driving before you apply and pass the permanent driving license test.
To apply for a learning license in Maharashtra in avail the license successfully, you would have to submit the following documents at the RTO –
There are two modes to apply for a learning license in Maharashtra. These modes are online mode and offline mode. Here are the steps of applying for a learning license in Maharashtra through both these modes –
It is simple to apply for a learning license in Maharashtra through the online mode as it is convenient and you don’t have to step out of your home. The steps to apply for the learner’s license online are as follows –
You can also apply for a learner’s license in Maharashtra through the offline mode by filling up and submitting the application form physically at the respective RTO. The process is as follows –
As mentioned earlier, you are required to fill up an application form for availing a learning license in Maharashtra. This form is separate from Forms 1 and 1A which declare your physical fitness and medical health. The form is called Form 2 which you can fill online or download and fill and submit to the RTO. The details in the form include the following –
There is a list of vehicle categories mentioned in the form and you need to choose the category for which you are seeking the license
Under this head, you would have to provide the following details –
If you had held a driving license or a learner’s license previously, the details of such a license would have to be provided. If you have been disqualified from holding a driving license previously, such information should also be provided in the form
Lastly, you would have to disclose the documents which you are enclosing with the form. These include your photographs, medical fitness certificate, previously held driving certificate, payment of fee, etc.
After filling up the form with these details, you are required to sign it or put your thumb impression and date it before submitting it to the RTO.
You have to pay a fee along with the application for a learner’s license. This fee is payable to the RTO and it amounts to INR 151 for making the application and INR 50 for taking the driving test after which the license would be granted.
Before you are granted the learner’s license, a test is taken by RTO to check your driving know-how. Only if you pass this test would the license be issued by the RTO. This is an online or a written test which checks your knowledge about traffic rules and road safety measures. Here are some details of the test –
Applying for a learning license in Maharashtra is simple and can be done online. Once you have a learner’s license, you can start driving legally. So, apply for the learner’s license and start driving. It is fun and also a convenient way to commute.
Yes, a learner’s license is valid throughout India. So, even if you shifted to Punjab, you can use your license to drive on Punjab roads.
Both these vehicles belong to different classes as a scooty is a non-geared vehicle while a car is a geared one. Thus, you would have to make two applications for learner’s license for both the vehicles and pay the application fee separately. The test, however, can be taken at once for both the vehicles.
You can apply for a permanent driving license within 180 days of availing a learner’s license. So, if you have a learner’s license and 180 days have not passed since getting that license, you can make an application for a permanent driving license.
Yes, you can book an online test slot of availing a learner’s license. To do so, you should visit the website https://parivahan.gov.in/, click on ‘Driving Related Services’, enter in your State and RTO and a new page would open. On the left-hand corner, choose the ‘Appointments (Slot Booking)’ tab under which choose the ‘Learner’s License Test’. A new page would open wherein you have to mention your application number, date of birth and verification code. Verify these details and then you would find the available slots for the test. You can pick any slot convenient to you and book it online.
A learning licence has a validity of 6 months within which you can either apply for a permanent driving license or after which you can renew your learner’s license. Renewal can be done online or offline but it would be done from the same RTO which issued your learner’s license initially.