New license rules from Jun 1: No more driving tests at RTOs

Daijiworld Media Network – New Delhi

New Delhi, May 22: Obtaining a driver's license in India has long been a tiring process, fraught with paperwork and the need to navigate multiple authorities. This bureaucratic complexity not only frustrates applicants but also opens the door to corrupt practices, ultimately compromising road safety in the country.

In response to these challenges, the ministry of road transport and highways has introduced significant regulatory changes aimed at simplifying the driver's license acquisition process.

These reforms, effective from June 1, are designed to streamline procedures and enhance efficiency.

Key changes in the new regulations:

Flexible Driving Test Locations

Applicants can now choose to take their driving test at any authorized center, rather than being restricted to regional transport offices (RTOs). The government will authorize private entities to conduct these tests, making the process more accessible.

Stricter Penalties

Driving without a valid license now incurs heftier fines ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. Additionally, if a minor is caught driving, parents will face stringent penalties, including a Rs 25,000 fine and the cancellation of the vehicle's registration certificate.

Streamlined Documentation

The documentation process for obtaining a driver's license has been clarified and simplified. Applicants will be informed in advance of the specific documents required for their license type, reducing uncertainty and delays.

Environmental Initiatives

In a bid to enhance sustainability, the ministry plans to phase out 9,000 outdated government vehicles and improve emission standards for others, contributing to greener roads.

Application Process

While the online application process remains available through the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (, applicants can still choose to submit their applications manually at their local RTOs.





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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    Incidentally, yesterday, in Pune, one spoilt brat (minor) of a rich builder rammed his Porshe Taycan into two motorcycle riders who died on the spot! Reportedly the car didn't have a RC and was at a speed of 160 kmph, driver was presumably sozzled! Please note this news is available in the public domain!!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    He paid 2.5 crores for the car, but was not willing to pay around Rs 1500 for miscellaneous expenditure to get car registered. Right from the grandfather there are 2 criminal cases against each family member including one involving Chota Rajan.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    These chaps are seasoned rowdies irrespective of the people in power; Paisa fenko tamasha dekho😜

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    New rules means no driving test at RTO, then it means less work for RTO office staff. Then better to reduce their salary also..

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 22 2024

    RTOs been den of corruption for years. This is a good initiative and hope that it will reduce corruption and only eligible who are responsible and follow the trafic rules get driving license.

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  • Alex Correa, shirva/UK

    Wed, May 22 2024

    Now this will open more corruption by authorised agencies ,this is INDIA paves way for more corruption. Needs these agencies follow strict guidelines of testing. Hope they will not issue licence to person who is not attending test. Jai Hind

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  • ayes p, kudla/ksa

    Wed, May 22 2024

    That means it is very easy for reckless driving and killing innocents.

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  • CHRISTINE, mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    Opening the door on the side which vehicles pass and leading to death and injury, parked vehicle suddenly moving backside and thus resulting in accident should be added in the main rules and strict penalty should be imposed who violate this.

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  • Suresh, Kinnigoli

    Wed, May 22 2024

    Third world country , no rules no regulations everything is jugaad and jumla here

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    A very good initiative. Agents used to issue driving license without any test, now corruption will reduce. Agents should not be allowed inside the RTO compound and within a radius of 100 meters, this has been implemented in many cities in India and should be done in Mangalore too.

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2024

    sadly agents these days are no more inside premises , but operate from outside and money still is being received thru these touts!!!

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