How to Get a Driving License in Bangalore


Having applied for a fresh Karnataka Driving License recently in Bangalore, I thought I should share the procedure with all of you, so you don’t waste your time and patience there trying to figure out where to go and what to do. And most importantly, these steps will help you go through the process yourself, rather than taking the help of any touts or agents.

Following are the main steps:

1. Identify your respective RTO
2. Apply for a Learner’s License (LL)
3. One month waiting period where you must learn to drive the car
4. Apply for a Driving License (DL)
5. Collecting the DL

The next sections will cover these steps in detail.

Step 1: Identify your RTO

You can get the list of all the RTO offices in Bangalore along with their complete address here: http://www.bangalorecircle.com/pages/DIR/RTOoffices.html

If you are confused about which RTO your area falls under, you can refer to this link to identify your respective RTO: http://rto.kar.nic.in/Jurisdictioncss.html

Since I applied for my DL at the Koramangala RTO (located in Koramangala BDA Complex), I will provide instructions with reference to that particular RTO.

Step 2: Applying for the LL

You need to go to the RTO with the following documents:

1. Three recent passport size photos
2. Address proof (Ration card, Passport, etc.) (copy as well as original)
3. Age proof (Birth certificate, PAN card, etc.) (copy as well as original)

With these documents, go to the helpdesk which is on the second floor of Koramangala BDA Complex. Take CMV Form 2 from there and fill it up, or else download it from here. Next, go to the RTO cash counter which is in Room No. 12, pay Rs. 30 per LL and get the receipt printout. Note that if you’re applying for, say, both two-wheeler and four-wheeler LL at once, you need to take two receipts of Rs. 30 each, so explain to the person at the counter accordingly.

On the CMV Form 2, you need to tick all the vehicle categories for which you need the license (e.g two-wheeler with gear, light motor vehicle, etc.).

Next, attach copies of all the above mentioned documents to the CMV Form 2 and go to the Assistant RTO Officer’s cabin. He will verify the documents with their originals and then sign on the CMV Form 2. Then, you need to go to Room No. 2, where another person will ask you to explain the traffic signs and driving rules as specified in the Indian Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. After that, he will sign on the form too.

Now, you need to go to Room No. 12 again and submit it at the LL counter to the right of the ARTO’s cabin. After an hour or so, you will get your LL, which is basically a sheet of paper with your photo and other details of your license application. It also mentions the validity period of the LL, which is six months from the date of application.

UPDATE: You can now even apply for the LL online! You need to visit this link, go through the instructions and then click on the “Register online” link at the bottom. Not giving any more details as everything is explained in the link above.

Step 3: Waiting period of one month

There is a waiting period of one month after you get the LL, after which you can apply for the actual DL. This is to enable you to learn to drive the vehicle properly under the guidance of another valid DL holder.

Following are the rules for this period:

1. Always carry your LL with you
2. Never drive the vehicle alone. You are supposed to be accompanied by another person who has a valid DL for that type of vehicle
3. Put a red “L” sticker on the front and back of the vehicle, which will warn others that you are a learner
4. Do not concentrate on ABC (accelerator-brake-clutch) of driving alone! Imbibe the finer points of driving as well, such as lane discipline, respecting traffic signals, giving way to others, not honking indiscriminately, etc.

Step 4: Applying for the DL

Now comes the real test! After you have completed the minimum one month waiting period, you are eligible to apply for the DL. For this, you have to give a driving test in front of a Driving Inspector and he has to be satisfied that you have learnt to drive the vehicle properly.

You again need to carry three passport size photos for this. First, go to the helpdesk as before and take CMV Form 4, one for each class of vehicle for which you are taking the license (don’t forget this, or else you will have to run around again later), or download here. So if you’re applying for both two-wheeler and four-wheeler simultaneously, as I did, you have to fill the CMV Form 4 in duplicate. In this form, you have to fill in the requested info and also provide your LL number.

You also have to take CMV Form 7 (for issuing PVC card DL) from the cabin to the right of the ARTO’s cabin in Room No. 12 and fill it up (only once, even if you’re applying for more than one class of vehicle license). Next, go to the RTO cash counter in the same room and pay Rs. 215 for the PVC card (smart card type) DL, and Rs. 50 each for the driving test for every class of vehicle. In my case, the total was Rs. 315 (Rs. 215 for plastic DL, Rs. 50 x 2 for DL test for two- and four-wheeler).

Now, you again need to go to the ARTO’s cabin with CMV Form 4(s), Form 7, your LL(s) and payment receipt(s) all attached together. He will verify everything and then sign on the Form 4(s).

Next, you need to go to the DL section which is the same place from where you took the Form 7 (room to the right of the ARTO’s cabin). There, your picture will be taken on the webcam, your fingerprints will be scanned, and you will be asked to sign using an electronic pen on a pad. All this will be recorded electronically on the RTO’s computers, and will appear on your actual DL.

Then, you need to go to another desk which is on the left of the ARTO’s cabin, where you need to show them the signed CMV Form 4 and payment receipts, and they will enter it into the system (don’t ask me why it’s like this!!). Then they will put a stamp on your CMV Form 4 that says “Back entry done”. Ensure that your photo, fingerprints and signature are taken before you come here, or else the system will not accept your form.

Once this is done, you need to go for the driving test. The Driving Inspector will be sitting on the ground floor of the Koramangala BDA Complex. Go to him with all your forms attached, and with the original documents (including Emission Certificate(s)) of the vehicle(s) for which you are applying for the license. Note that if you’re applying for both two- and four-wheeler, you need to bring both the vehicles with you (so you need a friend/relative to come with you, obviously), and you also need to get the original documents of both vehicles. Also note that you may need to arrange for your own vehicles; you may or may not be allowed to borrow another person’s vehicle, as the Inspector may not allow it for some really strange, inexplicable reason!

Once the driving test is done, the Inspector will take all the forms from you, sign on them and keep them with him. You don’t have any proofs/receipts with you at this point, which I find rather strange (’cause what if he loses your form?). After a couple of days, you can come and collect your DL. Note that in Koramangala RTO, they issue DLs only on Fridays between 4-5 PM, so you can’t collect it on any other day.

It may also happen that the Inspector is not satisfied with your driving for whatever reason. Perhaps you genuinely made a mistake during the test (didn’t give necessary signals, didn’t follow rules, etc.), or perhaps the Inspector just wants you to grease his palm. If it’s the former reason, he’ll ask you to reappear for the test after a week’s gap. If it’s the latter, the decision is yours as to whether you want to pay him off or complain to the authorities (Lok Ayukta or RTI may help you here).

Step 5: Collecting the DL

Once you collect your DL on the given date, remember to verify it on the spot for any mistakes. Ensure that your name, date of birth, address, parents’ name, etc. are correct. If not, bring it to their notice immediately. Perhaps you may need to pay Rs. 215 again for a fresh plastic card, as the present rules are such that you pay even if the mistake is theirs!

This is how a Karnataka DL looks like (currently):

Karnataka Driving License

Hope this information was helpful! Please let me know if I’ve missed out any details, or if any information is erroneous.

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Vijay PadiyarI'm a friendly guy with a witty sense of humor. I was born in Baroda, Gujarat and am currently settled in Bangalore, Karnataka. I'm a Leo by birth and certainly by character! So pick up any good book on zodiac signs, flip to the Leo section, and you'll know me rather well!View all posts by Vijay Padiyar →

151 Comments

  1. PrathimaPrathima04-01-2014

    Hi, Ive lost my DL and do not have a copy either. What are the steps I need to take to get a duplicate one in this casE?

    My DL was issued in Jayanagar, Bangalore branch

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar04-01-2014

      Not sure. You could try going to the RTO and ask them to check for your name in their database and see if you can retrieve your record there.

  2. raghavendra shenoyraghavendra shenoy02-05-2014

    Hi Vijay, I need to get my driving licence with a BADGE to drive yellow board cars… can you please help me to understand the procedure, documentation and fee structure.
    Thanks & cheers, Raaghu

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar02-06-2014

      Sorry I have no idea about the additional requirements for yellow board cars.

  3. raviravi12-31-2013

    I have Paper DL need to convert to Smart card what is procedure to apply for smart card.

  4. PrathapPrathap12-27-2013

    Hi Vijay,

    I have couple of questions,
    i ) I am staying in doddakenneli,sarjapur road.Looks like i come under Hosur RTO office,But i don’t see any office in LLR formto select.
    ii) Whenever i look for dates for taking test ,i see dates are not available every time in the online form.

    Can you pls tell me i can go directly and appear the test…

  5. KIRANKUMAR NKIRANKUMAR N11-12-2013

    How many days to go for get dl after driving test passing

  6. AarishAarish10-10-2013

    Dear vijay,

    Thank you for information, my uncle is having mumbai HV liecence but it is expiered last 4 years back , so we are staying in banglore , what will be procedure

    Aarish

  7. Sagar YvvSagar Yvv09-30-2013

    Thanks a lot for the info. it was really helpful !

  8. sumanasumana08-01-2013

    Thanks Vijay for sharing this link.. It’s really helpful for me.

  9. ShivaShiva07-23-2013

    Hi,
    One month back i have done my LL in my native place , Now is it possible to apply for DL at bangalore. please let me know .

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar07-23-2013

      Of course not. You have to apply in the same RTO where you took the LL.

  10. Syed ZakriyaSyed Zakriya07-17-2013

    Hello Vijay,

    I have already created my DL 5 years ago. However recently when i donated my blood i got to know that my blood group is B +ve, but in my DL i had given it as O+ve. Now if i want to get it changed what shall i do? I have the blood donation certificate that clearly mentions that my blood group is B+ve. Please Guide regarding the same. Thanks in advance.

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar07-17-2013

      You can just give a written application on plain paper for correction of particulars.

  11. iyyappaniyyappan07-03-2013

    sir i already have driving license for motor cycle with gear..
    now i wanted to get for car..so i endorsed my old one and got LLR…im currently in LLR period for car and bike..i wanted to change my address in driving license for applying passport urgently..so i changed the address in the old one…now i have old license with new address…next week i have to get my new combined license for bike and car…

    at the time while surrendering my old license will there be a pblm since i changed my address in the old license after endorsing it with the new one??
    plz reply asap..

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar07-04-2013

      I guess it should be okay. When you fill the CMV Form 4 & 7 for getting combined DL (at the time of taking driving test), you can mention the new address.

  12. PunithPunith06-09-2013

    Hi Vijay,

    30 days back i have got my LLR through Driving school in yeshwanthpur RTO office…I have lost my original LLR, what is the process to apply for DL now ?

  13. VijayapalVijayapal05-29-2013

    Hi Vijay,

    first of all, thanks for providing all the require details.
    Have small query..
    I read somewhere else, saying need medical certificate for applying LL. is it correct ?

    Regards,
    Vijayapal

  14. justinjustin05-08-2013

    want to convert the book type DL which was provided in 2007 in bangalore to smart card in bangalore.
    what is the procedure?

  15. Antony Edward PaulAntony Edward Paul03-26-2013

    Hi Vijay,

    As mentioned by you in your Blog I got my Duplicate DL – Smart Card after a long wait of 1&1/2 months as Indiranagar RTO, East had no supply of Smart Card. The Happiness of finally getting the Duplicate DL was short lived. The reason being the details printed on my Smart is incorrect. Now you have mentioned that you have pay the fee all over again for the mistake done by the RTO Guys. The question is do I have to get an Affidavit done again and render all the documents which I had submitted earlier, kindly advice.
    Wud appreciate if you response to my query by mailing me back at ae_paul@yahoo.com.

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar03-26-2013

      I wrote this blog post in 2009. Perhaps there has been a change in procedures since then. You can go and enquire about what is to be done. Perhaps an application on plain paper for doing the necessary changes may suffice.

  16. CHANDRUCHANDRU02-14-2013

    Hi Vijay,

    My address is in VIJAYA NAGAR, Bangalore. How I can to identify my RTO in Bangalore. Please help me…..
    Thanks a lot in advance.

  17. rennyrenny01-15-2013

    hello ther i got my learning liecense few days can i apply for DRIVING LICENSE with in the next 30 days

  18. HiHi01-02-2013

    I appeared for the DL test yesterday.After the test,the inspector did the sign on my documents and kept it with him and asked me to leave.I did not ask him about the result.I did not ask about the result since I had a little argument with him so he was serious with me.Do you know any way how to confirm the status?
    I assume if the inspector does not ask you to re-appear for the test after a gap of 1 week,the test is cleared.Is it right

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar01-02-2013

      Yes, I believe it would be approved since he has not asked you to retake the test.

  19. Mohit GargMohit Garg12-12-2012

    Hi Vijay,

    I am a Native of Agra,Settled in bangalore since 2 years i don’t have my licence can you please guide me in bangalore i can apply for licence or not.

    Regards
    Mohit

  20. HaripriyaHaripriya12-07-2012

    I really appreciate your effort in sharing this info really helped me a lot.

  21. SrinivasSrinivas11-28-2012

    Hi Vijay,

    Thank you for helping everyone by creating blog. Firstly require help, if DL has incorrect date of Year (DOB), What is process of correcting the docuemnt or should I follow entire Driving lisence procedure to get valid DL.

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar11-28-2012

      You can go there with any other proofs that show correct DOB (such as Passport, PAN card, etc.) and give an application on plain paper. That should work. They will reissue same DL with correct DOB.

  22. RaviRavi11-18-2012

    Hi Vijay,

    I have one doubt regarding the smart card, Can you please let me know how we can convert book type driving License to smart card in Bangalore

    Thanks,
    Ravi

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar11-19-2012

      You have to apply in the RTO where your current license is issued. You can request for duplicate driving license due to loss/mutilation of old license, and get a smart card DL as the replacement.

  23. GBGB11-12-2012

    I have a valid DL from Hyderabad and recently I moved to Bangalore. Is it mandatory to do the address change in DL. Hyderabad DL is in paper form, How can I get the plastic card DL from Bangalore?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar11-12-2012

      You have to get smart card DL from Hyderabad itself. If you want to transfer your DL to Bangalore, you need to get a NOC from Hyderabad RTO and submit it here for the transfer.

  24. sharansharan10-17-2012

    hii…!! my doubt s should i get a xerox of this for back to back or as 2 pages…?? plz do reply..:-)

    thank u ..:-)

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar10-17-2012

      Get it on separate pages, not back to back.

      • sharansharan10-18-2012

        okay…! thank u sir..:-)

  25. ArchiArchi09-24-2012

    Hi ,

    Recently I got DL , and its written LMV , so for Scooty is it valid ?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar09-24-2012

      LMV means car. For Scooty you need different category of license (motorcycle exceeding 50 cc).

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