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If you are a Karnataka resident and have not obtained a driving license yet, now is the time. The state follows a distinct traffic laws and regulations that must be stringently followed. Earning a driving license in Karnataka is not a long process as it once was. Yet there is no compromise or short cut when it comes to getting a learners first and then the license. In Karnataka, license aspirants has to obtain a Learners License first and then obtain a Permanent Driving License in six months. You can get a slot for a permanent driving license test only after one month of getting the learners. A person should apply for and get a learner's license belonging to a certain class of vehicle before he/ she can get a permanent driving license.
Types of Learner's License in Karnataka
When it comes to getting driving license in Karnataka, it is generally offered under the categories namely,
LMV or Light Motor Vehicles
Transport vehicles and
Two wheelers without gear
If you want to get a permanent driving license for transport vehicles in Karnataka, you are expected to first apply for a Learner License for Transport Vehicles while also having a valid driving license for light motor vehicles.
Please check out the age criteria mentioned in the Indian Motor Vehicles Act (IMV) and Karnataka Motor Vehicle (KMV) Guidelines:
To obtain a learner's license for gearless two wheelers, the applicant must be of at least age 16 and above.
To obtain a learner's license for transport vehicles, the applicant must be of age 20 and above and should already have a license light motor vehicles.
For all remaining classes of vehicles, the applicant must have compulsorily completed 18 years of age to apply for an LL.
Choosing a driving instructor:
Many people prefer to learn driving in their own vehicle, taught by friend or family. Perhaps it is because it saves money and one feels comfortable with this person rather than an instructor. It could also be to escape from stringent timings of a driving school. But it is strongly recommended that you go for training from an approved motor driving training school and learn from a qualified instructor. As you will be taught in a dual-controlled car by the instructor, he/ she can take charge if things were to go out of control. This is a necessary safety measure and will not be possible if you are taught by a friend or family in your own car and might lead to unfortunate incidents. Also, roughing the car by learning to drive in it is never a good idea.
Test Procedure for Learner's License in Karnataka:
You will be sat for a preliminary test and on clearing that you will be given the learners license on the very day itself (between 4.30 PM & 530 PM). A written test is usually held for all applicants who have completed SSLC or a comparable exam. You have to answer objective multiple choice queries related to road rules and regulations. For those who have not passed SSLC, a verbal test will be conducted. The tests are overlooked by an Inspector of Motor Vehicles. If you already have a license (for instance, a two wheeler license holder applying for a car license), you need not go in for a preliminary test. Learners License can be used to learn driving competently and is valid across India for six months.