A driving license holds a greater significance than just being a permit to drive on the roads. A Driving License is also an important proof of identity and is accepted everywhere. A driving license is an official piece of paper which is provided by the government of India issued by the Regional Transport Offices or RTO of the city to the people who prove themselves as a responsible driver. A DL is issued only after passing a written and practical test.

There are basically three types of licenses. They are a Learner’s License, permanent Driving License, and a Commercial Driving License.

What is a commercial license?

A Commercial License is the one that authorizes you to drive commercial transport vehicles like a heavy vehicle type or even a light vehicle type. If you wish to drive a heavy or light transport vehicle for commercial purposes, you need to have a commercial driving license.

Eligibility for Commercial License

Some must have’s to get a commercial license are mentioned herewith:

  • The candidate must be aged above 18. In some states, the minimum age criterion is 20 or 22.
  • The candidate must be at least 8th pass.
  • The candidate must have a Learner’s License.
  • The candidate should have owned a learner’s license up to a certain period.
  • The candidate must have taken a training from a Government recognized or government affiliated Motor School.
  • Taxi drivers should have a driving experience of 1 year minimum.

Process to Apply for Commercial License – Online

The candidates can apply for their commercial license online. This will help them avoid the inconvenience of standing in long queues.

  • Log on to the Sarathi website of India
  • Look for the Form no. 4.
  • Form no.4 is nothing but the application form. Download the same.
  • Fill in the necessary details
  • Upload the duly filled form along with the required documents and passport size photographs wherever needed.
  • It is mandatory to attach a medical certificate (Form No. 1A).
  • If the applicant wishes to apply for a commercial license to drive a Heavy Motor Vehicle, he must also attach a ‘Driver Refreshing Training Certificate’.
  • It is also mandatory to attach the training certificate received from a Government Driving School or government authorized driving school as Form No. 5
  • Upon submission, the candidate will be notified a serial number on their registered mobile number.

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Process to Apply for Commercial License – Offline

One can also apply for their commercial license offline in this way:

  • Visit the RTO of your city.
  • Ask for the Form No.2.
  • Fill up the form and submit along with the required documents
  • It is mandatory to attach a medical certificate (Form No. 1A).
  • If the applicant wishes to apply for a commercial license to drive a Heavy Motor Vehicle, he must also attach a ‘Driver Refreshing Training Certificate’.
  • It is also mandatory to attach the training certificate received from a Government Driving School or government authorized driving school as Form No. 5
  • Upon submission, the candidate will be notified a serial number on their registered mobile number.

The documents needed for Commercial License are:

  • Proof of Address: One can submit any one of these – Passport or Aadhaar card or Voter ID or Ration card or any utility bills which must be on the name of the applicant.
  • Proof of Identity: One can submit any one of these – Aadhaar card or PAN card or Passport or Birth Certificate or a 10th standard mark sheet
  • Correctly filled Form 2, Form 1A and Form 5
  • Few passport size photographs
  • Fee receipt

Thereafter, the candidate will receive an appointment for the test.