What to expect when going for a driving license?
Owning a car is a lot of fun, but getting behind the wheels of your own vehicle is really thrilling. So if you have been waiting to get a driving license in Delhi and felt it is the right time for you to do so, go right ahead and apply for a DL. But how easy is the process and what can is expected when going for the license? Take a look at this article to get some answers.
How to apply for a driver’s licence in India?
Let us first understand the application process. You can apply for the license online as well as offline in Delhi. If you choose to do so online, you have to visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. You can find an application form, both for learner’s license as well as a driving license. Follow the steps by filling your details on the form and your application will be submitted.
Alternatively, you can apply for the license by visiting your local RTO as well. If you have enrolled for a professional driving course, then the centre will arrange for your driving test and consequently for the DL.
What are the eligibility criteria for getting a driver’s licence in India?
To be able to get the licence, you must be:
- At least 18 years old (16 years, if it is a two-wheeler without gear)
- An 8th standard pass out if you are applying for licence to drive heavy vehicles commercially.
- A resident of India.
The eligibility criteria are pretty straightforward and can be met by most people looking to get a driving licence.
What are the documents needed for getting a driver’s licence in India?
Next, we come to the documents needed. You will need the following documents when looking for a DL in Delhi:
- ID proof
- Address proof (current and permanent, where applicable)
- Duly filled in application form
- Passport size photographs
- Medical certificate (Form 1 A and 1) from a registered doctor
- A medically-fit declaration if you are above the age of 40
What to expect when taking a driving test?
Now to get to the real action! Once you meet the eligibility criteria, submit the forms along with the documents, you will be ready to take your driving test. Ideally, you should practice for over 60 hours both professionally as well as personally with an experienced driver sitting next to you before you take the test. This will give you the required skills and confidence to pass the test.
On the day of the test, for a four-wheeler, the instructor will take you out for a ride and quietly assess your driving skills, the indicators you use at the turns and junctions, your hold over the break and clutch, your ability to navigate through traffic and your skills in reversing and parking the vehicle. In the case of two-wheeler, you will be asked to ride the vehicle on a track that’s in the shape of the number eight. If you can do this successfully, you will most likely pass the test.
How soon can I expect to get the license?
After successfully taking the practical test, you can expect to get a personal interview call from the RTO. You will be quizzed on your theoretical knowledge about the vehicle you are about to drive as well as about the traffic rules. If you correctly answer the questions, you will be issued a receipt which you can use as a temporary DL till the proper smart-card version reaches you in a few days’ time.
The bottom line
Now that you know all the information related to getting a driving licence in India, you can go ahead and make an application at the earliest. If you meet the eligibility criteria, submit the correct documents and pass your tests, you will soon get the licence in your hands.