Additional Requirement For Heavy Vehicle Licence

All logistics, transporters, and commercial vehicle driving vehicles handling business should ensure their drivers have the commercial driving license to drive on Indian roads. As per the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, it is mandatory for an individual to have a valid commercial vehicle license.

In this article, we will discuss in detail the commercial vehicle license, how to apply and other mandatory information related to it.

What is Commercial Vehicle License / Heavy Vehicle License

A commercial vehicle license is an official document issued by the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) in the respective states, which authorises the person to drive commercial vehicles such as taxis, buses, goods carrier vehicles and any other motor vehicle that is not used for personal purposes.

If the vehicle driver is handling any public transportation that carries goods or people, the driver should possess a commercial driving license (CDL) after undergoing the test and documentation process to get the CDL.

There are various types of CDL issued by RTO offices in India depending on the vehicle types such as LMV cab driving license, heavy-duty license, trailer and machinery licenses.

Different Type of Commercial Heavy and Light Vehicle Licenses

Providing the detailed list of commercial vehicle licenses list issued by RTO offices in India.

Vehicle Class Vehicle Type
LMV
for Light Motor Vehicles (cars, taxis, delivery vans, etc.)
MGV
for Medium Goods Vehicles
HMV
for Heavy Motor Vehicles
HGMV
for Heavy Goods Motor Vehicles
HPMV
for Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicles
HTV
for Heavy Transport Vehicles
Trailer
for heavy trailers

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Commercial Vehicle License in India?

The driver looking for a commercial driving license should meet the below-mentioned eligibility criteria.

  • The minimum age to get a commercial license is 18 years and for certain categories, it is 20 years of age.
  • Minimum Educational Qualification is 8th Standard school passing certificate.
  • To process starts with the learner’s license.
  • The driver must undergo compulsory training in any government training school or a motor school associated with state governments. 
  • Motor vehicle test will be conducted in the presence of a Motor vehicle inspector of the respective RTO office.

Required Documents to get Commerical License

To get the commercial driving license the applicant must provide the below-mentioned document to complete the CDL process.

Address Proof (any of the following)

  • Passport
  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN Card
  • Voters ID Card
  • Utility bills under the name of the applicant
  • LIC Policy Bond
  • Ration Card

ID Proof / Age Proof (any of the following)

  • Birth Certificate
  • 10th standard mark sheet
  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Aadhar Card
  • Voters ID Card

PP sized photographs

  • 2  for a Learner’s Licence (LLR)
  • 3 for a permanent commercial driving license

Medical certificate

  • Medical certificate from a certified doctor

RTO Forms

The applicant has submitted the documents with the application form and the fee for a commercial driving license. The applicant can apply either online or offline.

How to Apply for Commercial Heavy / Light License?

Online application process for CDL

Applicants need to follow the below-mentioned steps to get the commercial vehicle license on online mode.

Step 1: Download the Form 4 Application from sarathi website

Step 2: Complete the details required on the application with relevant document upload and photo.

Step 3: Provide the medical certificate provided by the certified medical professional.

Step 3(a): If you are applying for heavy-duty license the applicant needs to provide a training certificate.

Step 4: Submit Form 5 with proof of completing the mandatory training from the government driving school.

Step 5: On completion of submitting the application, the applicant will get the serial number of the submitted application and the same will be sent to the registered mobile number.

Offline application process for CDL

Applicants need to follow the below-mentioned steps to get the commercial vehicle license on offline mode.

Step 1: Walk in to nearest RTO office and get the Form 2

Step 2: Get the medical certificate provided by the certified medical professional.

Step 2(a): If you are applying for the heavy-duty license the applicant needs to provide a training certificate.

Step 3: Fill up Form 5 with proof of completing the mandatory training from the government driving school.

Step 4: Submit all the above-mentioned forms with relevant documents (address proof, ID proof, and photographs).

Step 5: On submitting the application, the applicant will get the serial number of the submitted application and the same will be sent to the registered mobile number.

Whether you apply for a commercial vehicle license online or offline, once the form submission process is complete, you will have to appear for a driving test, taken by a Motor Vehicle Inspector, at the allotted center on the designated day

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