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Learning Licence (Sarathi) in Karnataka

To drive in any part of India you are required by law to hold a valid driving licence issued by your regional RTO in the state you live. In Karnataka it is necessary to get a driving licence issued by their regional RTO to be a legal Sarathi and be able to drive a vehicle in any part of the country. A driving licence is required to drive both a personal as well as a commercial vehicle.

One can become a Sarathi by applying for driving licence after they turn 18 years of age. In case one has not reached 18 years but has crossed 16 years of age, they can apply for learner’s licence.

Different Types of Driving Licences in India

The State transport authorities in India are allowed to issue a huge range of licences to suit the needs of the citizens. These are the licences available in India and in Karnataka:

• Motorcycles with engine capacity less than 50cc
• Motorcycles without gear, including scooters
• Light Motor Vehicles
• Motorcycles with engine capacity greater than 50cc and with gear
• Medium Goods Vehicles
• Light Motor Vehicles (Used for commercial transport)
• Heavy Motor Vehicles
• Heavy Goods Motor Vehicles
• Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicles
• Heavy Transport Vehicles
• Trailers

What is the Eligibility Criteria to Avail Learner’s Licence in Karnataka?

To apply for a Learner’s Licence in Karnataka, one must be above 16 years of age but below 18 years of age. He/she can then apply for a learner’s licence for a motorcycle with engine capacity less than 50cc at their regional RTO or online through the state transport authority website.

How to Apply for Learner’s Licence in Karnataka?

One can easily become a legal Sarathi by following simple steps and avail their learning licence in Karnataka. You can apply both offline or online as per your convenience and you’ll receive your learning licence within a week at your registered address.

To apply for a learning licence one can either go to the official website of Government of Karnataka State Transport Department or visit their regional RTO with necessary documents.

Procedure to Apply for Learner’s Licence in Karnataka

You can get your learner’s licence in Karnataka and become a sarathi by following the instructions provided below. You can either apply online or offline as per your convenience.

To apply online:

• Go to, the official Government of Karnataka website
• Navigate to online services and go to New Driving Licence
• Fill the form as instructed after mentioning your state of residence
• Upload scanned copy of documents as required by the application form
• Pay the required fees
• Book a slot for your driving test
• Appear at your regional RTO as per the booked date and time for your driving test
• The Driving Licence will be delivered to your registered address within a week

To apply offline:

• Go to your regional RTO
• Get the application form for new learning Licence
• You can also download the application form from
• Submit the correctly filled form along with scanned copies of the required documents
• Pay the required fees
• Book a slot for your driving test
• Appear at the RTO for your driving test
• The Learning Licence will be delivered to your registered address within a week

What Documents Are Required to Apply for Learner’s Licence in Karnataka?

When applying for a learner’s licence in Karnataka, you have to submit the following documents to help them get their learner’s licence and become a Sarathi:

• Age Proof
• Address Proof
• Passport size photographs
• Form 2
• Form 1 and 1A


Most frequent questions and answers about learning licence in karnataka

1. How to apply for learning licence in Karnataka?

• Follow the same procedure as for the Driving licence
• When applying online choose learner’s licence
• When applying offline ask for the learner’s licence form

2. How to renew driving licence in Karnataka?

• Apply by filling form 9
• Attach forms 1 and 1A
• Address and Age proof
• Original Driving Licence
• Pay a fee of INR 200

3. How to check learner’s licence number?

• The learning licence number is printed on both sides of your driving licence

4. How to apply for duplicate driving licence in Karnataka?

• If the driving-licence is stolen, copy of the FIR along with the details of Driving Licence.
• If the driving-licence is damaged, original driving-licence is to be produced.
• LLD application form is to be filled to get your duplicate driving-licence.
• Submit affidavit citing the reason for applying for a duplicate driving licence
• Submit the application online or to the RTO

5. How to check the status of learner’s licence in Karnataka?

• Go to to check the status of your learning licence
• Enter your application number to get the status of your learning licence