How to Apply Driving License Online @ sarathi.nic.in

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The Ministry of Road and Transportation have developed and facilitated computerization of more than 1000 Regional Transport Offices (RTO) across the country. The Regional Transport Office issues the Registration Certificate and Driving License that are valid across the country.

The Driving License is one of the most important documents which is recognized by the Government of India. The Driving License not only serves as the Certification of Driving Ability but also serves as a valid Identity Proof.

If you want to apply for a Driving License online, then you need to visit the Official website of the Regional Transport Office (RTO). You can download the form from the website. Then submit the form along with the documents that are required during the process. Firstly, a learning license is issued if you pass the first test at the RTO successfully. Then after, a month later you have to apply for another test and clear that test too which means that if you clear both the tests successfully, Driving License will be issued.

In this article, we are going to provide you a detailed guide on how to apply for a new Driving License online.

Stages in the Application Submission while issuing for a Learner’s License

  • Fill in the Applicant Details
  • Upload the documents
  • Upload the photo and Signature
  • Learner’s License Test Booking
  • Payment of the Fee

Step by Step Procedure for Applying For a Driving License Online

  1. Visit the official website for applying for a Driving License. The link for reaching this website is – https://sarathi.nic.in
  2. There you will find an option to choose for which license you want to apply for:
    • Learner’s License
    • New Driving License
  3. Then select one from the option and then click on continue.
  4. Then you will proceed to the Applicant Details.
  5. In the applicant details section, fill in the required details. If your place of birth is outside India then you have to mention the month and the year you have migrated to India.
  6. After filling all the details, now click on continue to proceed to the next step.
  7. In the next step, enter the details of your address.
  8. Then enter the class of the vehicles. The class of the vehicles denotes the specific feature or the quality of your motor vehicle.
  9. After you are done filling the application form, now accept the declaration form and submit along with the documents.

Complete Details of the Application Form

The Form that is available for applying the Driving License is called Form 9. It has a total of 5 sections. Let us discuss about all the sections one by one:

Section – 1

This is the first part of the application form. In this part you have to provide all the information about yourself. The following are the details that is entered in the form:

  1. Type of License (Learner’s or Driver’s)
  2. State (select it from the drop down menu)
  3. Name of the RTO/DTO (Select from the drop down menu)
  4. Applicant’s name- First Name, Middle Name and the Last Name
  5. Gender
  6. Date of the Birth
  7. Place of Birth (Optional)
  8. Country by Birth
  9. E-mail Address (Optional)
  10. Name of either one – Father/ Husband/ Guardian
  11. Permanent Address Proof (Copy is to be enclosed along with the form)
  12. Present Address
  13. Citizenship Status (by birth/ status/ registration/ descent/ Non- Indian)
  14. Educational Qualification
  15. Identification Marks (Optional)
  16. Blood Group

Section – 2

The next section of the application form that denotes the type of vehicle that the applicant is seeking for a license to drive. The applicant can list up to 19 vehicle types for a license in one single form. You also have to mention the type of the License you are applying for. You should also mention the Registration Certificate.

Section – 3

In this section, the applicant has to enter all the enclosures that he/she is submitting along with the document. The enclosure documents that are submitted are the proof of address, identity, and age. The Learner’s License or the Driving License is issued to the applicant, along with the details such as the registering of the RTO and the Date of Issue.

Section – 4

This section consists of the declarations that say that the applicant has submitted all the necessary documents and enclosures like the medical certificate, license, documents of proof etc.

Section – 5

This section is associated to those who are applying for the Learner’s License and contains a document providing the parent/ guardian’s permission to apply for the Learner’s License.

This section is to be signed in the presence of the Licensing Authority by the parent/guardian.

After the completion of the form, you can click on the “Submit” button at the end of the form. After the submission, an auto-generated Web Application Number is generated on the screen. This number can be used for the future reference and can also be used to check the status of the application form.

Documents to be submitted for Driving License

The following list of the documents are submitted along with the application form (Form 9):

  1. Learner’s License
  2. Proof of Address- Passport/Ration Card/ Voter ID/Life Insurance Policy/ Utility Bills like the Telephone bill, gas bill etc. / State or Central issued pay slip. You can submit any one of them.
  3. Proof of Age: you can submit any one of the mentioned: PAN Card, School Matriculation Certificate/ Voter ID/Passport and Birth Certificate.
  4. Driving School Certificate (for Transport Vehicle Driving License Applicant’s
  5. All the documents pertaining to the vehicle to be used for the driving test.
  6. Passport Size Photograph.

Why should one apply for a Driving License Online?

It is necessary to apply for a Driving License online because it makes the application process more convenient and takes less time to go through the entire process. You can download the application form or submit it along with the necessary documents. Once this process is completed, you need to appear the written exam along with the interview. To obtain a License, you need to clear these batches of test successfully.

Note: The online registration for the Learner’s License is only valid for the vehicles which are used for the personal purpose only. This is not applicable for the Commercial Purpose Vehicles. In a single application form, the applicant can apply for LL for more than one category of vehicle. The preliminary test is same for all the vehicles irrespective of the category of the vehicle for which LL is applied.

To apply for a Driving License, the applicant has to first apply for a Learner’s License. The applicant has to satisfy the following conditions to apply for a Learner’s License.

  1. The applicant’s age must be over 16 years for two-wheeler vehicle and 18 years for four-wheeler vehicle.
  2. The learner’s license holder can apply for a driving license 30 days after the issue of their Learner’s License.
  3. Learner’s License holders have to apply for a driving license within 180 days (6 months) of their Learner’s License being issued.

Process for Applying Learner’s License Online

The applicants who wish apply for a Learner’s License can apply and submit the application form online. You can also book your driving test appointment.

  • To apply online, the applicants can visit their state/Union Territory’s Regional Transport Authority Website and submit their application.
  • They can also visit the Sarathi website which is managed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Documents that are submitted for Learner’s License

The documents are required for the submission of the Learner’s License are as follows:

  1. Physical Fitness Declaration (Form 1)
  2. Passport sized photographs
  3. Medical Certificate (Form 1-A)
  4. Proof of Address (Passport/ Voter ID/ Ration Card)
  5. Life Insurance Policy
  6. Voter ID card – Affidavit was sworn before a Public Notary or a Judicial Magistrate.
  7. Proof of Age (Passport/Voter ID/ Birth Certificate/ School Matriculation Certificate)

Learner’s License Test Slot Booking

Booking a test slot for a Learner’s License can be done online through the Sarathi website. The applicants who have submitted their application will receive notifications for slot book. All you have to do is go to the website and book the slots.

The applicants from the following cannot book slots for the Learner’s License through Sarathi Website:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Bihar
  5. Chhattisgarh
  6. Delhi
  7. Goa
  8. Haryana
  9. Jharkhand
  10. Karnataka
  11. Kerala
  12. Lakshadweep
  13. Madhya Pradesh
  14. Manipur
  15. Meghalaya
  16. Sikkim
  17. Tamil Nadu
  18. Tripura

The Driving Test Applicant is not available in the following states:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Assam
  5. Bihar
  6. Chhattisgarh
  7. Dadar and Nagar Haveli
  8. Daman and Diu
  9. Goa
  10. Haryana
  11. Jammu and Kashmir
  12. Jharkhand
  13. Karnataka
  14. Kerala
  15. Lakshadweep
  16. Madhya Pradesh
  17. Manipur
  18. Mizoram
  19. Nagaland
  20. Pondicherry
  21. Rajasthan
  22. Sikkim
  23. Tamil Nadu
  24. Tripura
  25. West Bengal

The applicants who belong to this State or Union Territory can visit the website of Regional Transport Authority in their State and book a slot.

Application Fees for Driving License and Learner’s License

Type of License Fee (in Rupees)Revised Fee- January 2017
Learner’s LicenseRs 30-75/- per LicenseRs 150/-
Driving LicenseRs 40/-Rs 200/-
Driving License for Commercial Vehicle 

Rs 250/-

 

Rs 600/-

International Driving License Fee 

Rs 500/-

 

Rs 1000/-

Driving License Renewal FeeRs 50/-Rs 200/-
Learner’s License Renewal FeeRs 40/-Rs 200/-

 

How to get the Status and Application Info of the Driving License through SMS

To get the details of the status and get current updates of the application form, send an SMS to 8790499899.

To get the details of the Driving License

The SMS should be in the following format:

SARDL AP-26 19860001659

Please include a “-“in between the State Code and the RTO Code for the Driving License Status.

To get the Status of the Web Application

To get the status of the web application send the SMS in the following format:

SARAPPL 1659 to 8790499899

To get the details of the Appointment through SMS

To get the details of the appointment status through SMS, you have to send the SMS in the following format:

SARATHI 165954 to 8790499899

Dos and Don’ts While Applying for a Driving License
  • Recheck the form once before the submission of the application. Doing this will help you to prevent from the errors and mistakes.
  • Do not forget to take the original documents when you are going for the driving test.
  • The Learner’s License is valid only for six months.
  • Do not submit wrong or fraud documents. Doing this can charge penalty.
  • Do not drive and ride without a valid license.
  • If in case you are a Learner’s License Holder then do not drive without a License Holder. This can disqualify you from obtaining the Driving License.

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