Driving License in India

In India the minimum age required for driving is 16 years for motorcycles of 50cc or less and 18 for all the other vehicles.

Driving License is a mandatory document to carry while driving a vehicle in India. Licenses are issued in India as per the different vehicle categories and a driver can also hold a multiple category license subject to the clearance of his driving license test. A valid Driving License is required to be carried in original at all times while driving a vehicle in India.


According to the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, a valid Driving Licence is necessary to drive any motor vehicle on public roads.

Driving License is issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) of Motor Vehicles Inspector's Office after the recipient has passed a driving test and has proved the required age.

The Driving License in India is segregated as Motorcycle License, Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) license, and Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) License.

Learner's License is issued after passing a theory test.

The legislation of Driving License is done through the 'Rules of the Road Regulation' and the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.

The driver of the vehicle is required to keep the original copy of the license while driving.

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