Beginning  June 1, 2024, any eligible person can get  a driver's licence across the country. The Rules are  set to become more convenient, thanks to new regulations announced by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. 

Applicants will now have the option to take their driving tests at private driving training centres, marking a significant shift from the traditional practice of using government-run Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). 

Here's what you need to know: Driving tests at private institutions New Option: Starting June 1, 2024, you can take your driving test at private driving training centres instead of RTOs. 

Authorisation: These private institutions will be authorised to conduct tests and issue certificates for licence eligibility. Application process You can apply for a driver's licence online via https://parivahan.gov.in/. You can also visit RTO to file an application through a manual process. 

The application fee depends on the licence type. 

You will need to visit the RTO to submit documents and demonstrate your driving skills for license approval. 

Licensing-related fees and charges Learner's Licence (Form 3): 

Rs 150 Learner's Licence Test (or repeat test): Rs 50 Driving Test (or repeat test): 

Rs 300 Driving Licence Issue: Rs 200.00 International Driving Permit: 

Rs 1,000 Addition of Another Vehicle Class to Licence: 

Rs 500 Renewal of Hazardous Goods Vehicle Authorisation: Driving Licence Renewal: 

Rs 200 Late Renewal (after grace period): Rs 300 + Rs 1,000 per year or part thereof from the expiration of the grace period Driving Instruction School Licence Issue/Renewal Duplicate Licence for Driving Instruction School: 

Rs 5,000 Appeal Against Licensing Authority Orders: Rs 500 Change of Address or Other Particulars in Driving Licence: Rs 200 

Stricter penalties Speeding fines: The fine for speeding remains between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000. 

Minors driving: A minor caught driving will face a fine of Rs 25,000. 

The vehicle owner's registration card will be cancelled, and the minor will be ineligible for a licence until they turn 25, according to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. 

Simplified application process Streamlined documentation: The Ministry has reduced the documentation required for a new licence, depending on whether you’re applying for a two-wheeler or four-wheeler licence. 

This cuts down the need for physical checkups at RTOs. New rules for private driving schools Land requirement: Training centres must have at least 1 acre of land (2 acres for four-wheeler training). 

Testing facility: Schools must have access to a suitable testing facility. Trainer qualifications: Trainers need a high school diploma (or equivalent), at least 5 years of driving experience, and familiarity with biometrics and IT systems. 

Training duration Light Motor Vehicles (LMV): 29 hours over 4 weeks (8 hours of theory and 21 hours of practical training). Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMV): 38 hours over 6 weeks (8 hours of theory and 31 hours of practical training).

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