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How to apply for a driver’s license online: step-by-step guide

Are you of legal age to drive a two or four wheeler and want to get a license? Well, you’ll need a learner’s license first to learn how to drive while protecting yourself and avoiding fines on the roads. You can get a license by visiting the RTO (Regional Transport Office) and dropping one off. Along with this, the Indian government has also digitized the process to make it easier and more convenient.

The Government of India allows citizens to obtain a learner’s permit under Section 4, which provides that a person over the age of 16 can obtain a driver’s license to drive a gearless two-wheeler whose engine capacity does not exceed 50cc with parent/guardian consent.

So if you want to apply for a learner’s license or if you want to get a permanent license, you can simply apply for it online. While the process of obtaining a learner’s permit is completely digitized, for a permanent driver’s license you must be physically present at the transport office and qualify for a driving test.

Here is the step by step process to apply for a learner’s permit online.

How to apply for a driver’s license online

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. (https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice/stateSelection.do)

Step 2: Select your state from the drop-down list.

Step 3: Click on “Apply for a learner’s licence”.

Step 4: Choose the candidate with the Aadhaar option and take the test from the selected palace or from home.

Step 5: Click on the option no driving license issued in India.

Step 6: Click the Submit button.

Step 7: Click Submit via Aadhaar Authentication option and then submit.

Step 8: Submit your Aadhaar card details and mobile number and click Generate OTP.

Step 9: Enter your received OTP on the registered mobile number.

Step 10: Click on the terms and conditions acceptance box, then click on the Authenticate button.

Step 11: Select the desired payment option to pay the license fee.

Step 12: Watch the government mandated 10-minute driving instruction video to take the test.

Step 13: You will receive an OTP and password on the registered mobile number after the video ends.

Step 14: Complete the form provided and proceed to the test.

Step 15: Attach the front camera of your device and turn it on.

Step 16: Complete the test. You will need to answer at least 6 out of 10 questions to pass the test.

Step 17: If you fail the test, you will be required to pay a fee of Rs 50 to retake the test.

Step 18: You will receive a confirmation after completing and obtaining a pdf later of your learner’s license.

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