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Driving license

Driving licences in India are issued by individual states. Each state has a Regional Transport Authority or a Regional Transport Office (RTO) that issues licences. Usually the licence holder is authorized to drive within the state which issued it. However driving licence can be transferred for driving in another state or some licences are issued with an "All India Driving Permit". Minimum age limit is 18 years for all vehicles; however licence for motor cycle having engine capacity below 50cc (cubic capacity) have a minimum age limit of 16.

Conditions and tests

There are different categories in the license, such as,

"MC 50CC"(MotorCycle 50cc) is used to drive up to 50cc Motorcycle.

"MCW" (or) "MCWOG" (Motor Cycle WithOut Gear) license is used to drive motor cycle of capacity more than 50cc, but without gear. This license holder can drive moped, scooter and other motor cycles which do not have gear.

"MCWG" (or) "M/CYCL.WG" (Motor Cycle With Gear) license is used to drive all motorcycles such as moped, scooter, bikes with gear and heavy bikes with gear all over India. This is the highest category license for motorcycles in India. This license holder is fully allowed to drive motorcycles of all horse powers and all engine capacities. The motorcycles of engine capacities covering from 50 cc to unlimited cc come under this license category.

" LMV" (Light Motor Vehicle) License is issued to drive light motor vehicles like auto rickshaws, motor cars, jeep, taxi, three-wheeler delivery vans, etc.

"LMV-NT" (Light Motor Vehicle - Non Transport) license is used to drive light motor vehicles such as car, jeep, small vans for personal purposes, but not for commercial transportation.

"LMV-TR" (Light Motor Vehicle - Transport) is required to drive any light motor vehicles for commercial transportation and not valid for Heavy Motor Vehicles .

"HMV" (Heavy Motor Vehicle) can use to drive Heavy or Low Motor Vehicle 'OPEN LICENSE'. All India Driving Permit for Cars and Trucks".

Most of the legislation regarding licensing is done through the 'Rules of the Road Regulation' and the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.The driver of the vehicle should have the original copy of the driving license.He/she should have an additional Badge if he/she is driving a taxi or any other public transport vehicle.

Drivers have to appear for an oral test to get a learners license which is valid for 6 months.Drivers then have to pass a driving test to get the driver's license. In many states of India, a learner's license is granted after passing a written test and then if one passes the practical test, one receives a permanent license.


A police officer or any other official notified by the government can ask for the vehicle-related documents, and the driver should produce them within 24 hours at the police station (or the concerned department).

The law also permits the officials to seize the driving licence, and issue a temporary one for a specified time. The law also allows the state government to fix the amount of fines/jail terms for minor traffic violations, and who has the rights to enforce these rules.

Every driver's licence has an endorsement in their license. If the drivers does not follow the traffic rules or cause any voilation, then a ticket will be issued and also the endorsement in the driver's license will be done. If the driver gets marked for all the endorsements, then it may lead to the maximum penalty of cancelling his driving license.

Indian Driving License - Class & Vehicle Categories

  • LL : Learner License
  1. MCW (or) MCWOG : Motor Cycle Without Gear
  2. MCWG (or) M/CYCL.WG : Motor Cycle With Gear
  1. ARNT: Auto Rickshaw Non Transport
  2. ART: Auto Rickshaw Transport
  3. LMV-NT: Light Motor Vehicle - Non Transport
  4. LMV-T : Light Motor Vehicle - Transport
  5. MGV: Medium Goods Vehicle
  6. MPV: Medium Passenger Vehicle
  1. HGV: Heavy Good Vehicle
  2. HPV: Heavy Passenger Vehicle
  3. HTV: Heavy Transport Vehicle (Valid for Goods and Passenger Vehicles)
  4. HZRD : Heavy Transport Vehicle with Hazardous materials
  5. TR: Tractor
  6. RDRLR : Road Roller

Source: Wikipedia


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Posts: 48
Reply #48 on : Wed June 18, 2014, 05:45:33
As i have driving license to drive a four wheeler..so just want to know whether i can drive tata ace vehicle with the license i have..
sudeepto debnath
Posts: 48
MCW (or) MCWOG : Motor Cycle Without Gear
Reply #47 on : Fri June 06, 2014, 21:19:46
i know that MCW (or) MCWOG : Motor Cycle Without Gear ,i get it ..yes/no..
my phon no-
Last Edit: June 23, 2014, 20:45:05 by t1mlfa$  
ahamed mustafa
Posts: 48
3 wheeler autorickshaw
Reply #46 on : Tue May 27, 2014, 08:57:11
am possessing LMV license both for 2 and 4 wheeler. whether can drive 3 wheeler auto with this license or need to obtain separate license for auto rickshaw.
Posts: 48
Riding commerical car
Reply #45 on : Mon May 12, 2014, 07:52:02
HI sir,

I have LMV dl, but now i want to ride commerical taxi(car). what should i do for it. Please suggest me ASAP.

Thanks in advance
Posts: 48
having lmv license can drive mcwog
Reply #44 on : Tue May 06, 2014, 08:35:20
I have a valid lmv license. But my question is can i ride mcwog. pls suggest as soon as possible
Posts: 48
Add Vehicle Class
Reply #43 on : Tue May 06, 2014, 08:33:42
Hi, I have a driving license with LMV-NT vehicle class. I want to ride a two-wheeler (could be gear-less scooter or geared motorbike). How should I add the vehicle class to my already existing driving license? Or should I go for a whole new license just for two-wheelers..please advise
Posts: 48
excavator licenses
Reply #42 on : Mon May 05, 2014, 15:49:12
*which licenses required to operate an excavator? or OTH-costructionequipment licenses is correct to operator
Posts: 48
which class of driving license to choose if I want to drive personal car
Reply #41 on : Sat April 26, 2014, 12:34:43
I have a driving license for motorcycle with gear. now I want to drive my car then which class I should select to get the license for the same? lmv or medium passenger vehicle?
I got driving license for motorcycle with gear from Gujarat. now I have been shifted at panipat and want to get driving license for car then it is necessary to get noc from Gujarat?
santosh kumar raula
Posts: 48
having mcwg license can drive mcwog
Reply #40 on : Thu April 10, 2014, 09:57:41
Dear Sir,

I have a valid mcwg license. But my question is can i ride mcwog.. pls suggest as soon as possible
sudheesh nair
Posts: 48
regarding badge validity
Reply #39 on : Wed April 09, 2014, 11:31:05
I want to know whether the badge in license could be driven any where in india,, for example i am having the badge of Gujarat on my Gujarat Issued License,, can I drive the taxi of kerala
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