Driving License application process in Maharashtra

If you are a resident of Maharashtra and want to apply for a driving license in that state. You can go through this guide and know the process in detail.

What kind of driving licenses can you apply for in Maharashtra

In the state of Madhya Pradesh, you can apply for the below-mentioned driving licenses if you meet the eligibility.

  • Learner’s/learning license: Before obtaining a permanent driving license in Madhya Pradesh, an applicant needs to apply for a learner’s license first. This is a temporary license with a validity of 6 months. It is issued when the applicant is in the process of learning a motor vehicle.
  • Permanent driving license: After 1 month of getting a learner’s license, you can apply for a permanent license.
  • Driving license for motorcycles without gear: You can apply for this kind of permanent driving license if you wish to ride a scooter or moped that does not have a manual gearbox. The applicants should be at least 16 years of age to procure such a license.
  • Driving license for light motor vehicle: This class of driving license can be applied by the people who are willing to drive a light motor vehicle such as bikes or cars. To get this license, an applicant must be at least 18 years old.

Eligibility criteria to apply for driving license in Maharashtra

Below given is the eligibility criteria to obtain a driving license in Maharashtra-

  • The applicant should be above the age of 18 if he/she is applying for a vehicle not exceeding the engine capacity of 50CC
  • To apply for a private vehicle, an applicant should be above the age of 18 years
  • To apply for a driving license for a commercial vehicle, an applicant should be above the age of 20 years
  • The applicant should apply for a driving license 30 days after getting a learning license and within 180 days of the date of the issue mentioned on your learner’s licence
  • The applicant should be well-versed with traffic rules and regulations
  • You must have a learning license

Documents required for driving license in Maharashtra

  • Application for License to drive a vehicle - Form No. 4
  • Learner’s License
  • Three copies of recent photographs
  • Proof of age and address
  • Driving school’s certificate in Form 5 for all transport vehicles
  • Fees
  • All valid documents of the vehicle on which the test is to be conducted

Process to apply DL in Maharashtra

Online process

  • To apply for your license online in Maharashtra, you need to follow these steps:
  • Visit the official website of Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Department at https://transport.maharashtra.gov.in/
  • Fill the online application form and attach all the supporting documents
  • Pay the required fees which is Rs. 716
  • After that, the document verification will be done, and then you will be issued the new driving license

Offline process

To apply for a driving license via an offline mode in Maharashtra, you need to follow the below procedure. Please note, applicants are eligible to apply for a permanent driving license after holding a learner’s license for at least 30 days.

  • Visit your nearest RTO and get an application form no 4 (https://transport.maharashtra.gov.in/Site/Upload/Pdf/form4.pdf). Fill and submit it along with relevant documents
  • Pay the fees to the RTO
  • After that, an RTO official will assign a slot to you to undergo a driving license test. On passing the test, you will receive your driving license via post within 2-3 weeks

How to check your driving license status in Maharashtra

The status of the driving license can be checked either online or by visiting your nearest RTO. For an online check, the applicant is required to visit his/her state's transport department official website and enter details such as receipt number, license number, name, and date of application. Once these details are submitted, the status is displayed.

How can you make corrections in your driving license online?

If an applicant wishes to make any changes in their driving license, they need to forward a written application along with the relevant documents with the correct information. Remember, this can only be done in the same RTO which issued your original license. Once approved, you can collect your license with the correct information on the same day. You will be charged a small fee. Also, the applicant is required to be present at the RTO office to be photographed by the official for record purposes.

How to get a duplicate driving license in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, applicants can also file their application for a duplicate driving license if it is stolen or lost. Remember, you should apply for a duplicate license within 6 months after the official driving license is lost or stolen. The duplicate driving license can be obtained at the RTO who initially issued you the original license. The applicant should bring all the required documents and get verification from the RTO officials. One can also apply for a duplicate driving license online via the state department website. A fee of Rs. 216 will be charged.

Documents required to get a duplicate driving license

  • A copy of FIR (First Information Report), if the license is stolen
  • Application Form LLD
  • Form 1
  • Proof document of age and address
  • Fee for application
  • Challan clearance report from Traffic Police (in case of commercial driving license)
  • An affidavit detailing the reason for applying for a duplicate driving license
  • Details of your original driving license 

All the above-mentioned documents are required to be photocopied and attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public.

How to renew your driving license in Maharashtra

You have two options i.e. online and offline. You can choose the one that suits you the most. In online mode, you need to visit the official website of your state. Fill the renewal application form 9 there and submit it along with the documents. Pay the fee which is Rs. 416 and a fine of Rs. 1,000 if applied after grace period. Once your documents and application are verified, your license will be renewed. 

If you are choosing the offline mode, visit your nearest RTO office and collect the application form 9. Fill the details, submit the documents, and pay the fees. After successful verification, you will get your license renewed

Documents required for driving license renewal

  • Renewal of Driving Licence Application Form (Form 9)
  • Current Driving Licence
  • Physical fitness declaration form (Form 1)
  • Medical Certificate (Form 1-A), if applicable
  • 3 Passport-sized photographs
  • Application fee (please visit the RTO for details as to the current application fee)
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate)

Driving license test procedure in Maharashtra

A driving license in Maharashtra cannot be obtained without appearing for a driving license test. A driving license test in Maharashtra needs to be given at the RTO. The test is conducted as per rule 15 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in presence of a Motor Vehicles Inspector. If the applicant passes the test, then the driving license is delivered to the doorstep within 7 days.