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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

9. Grant  of driving  licence.

  1. Any person who is not for the time being disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence may apply to the licensing authority having jurisdiction in the area--
  1. in  which he  ordinarily resides or carries on business, or
  2. in  which the  school or  establishment referred  to in from where he is receiving or has received instruction in driving a motor vehicle is situated, for the issue to him of a driving licence.
  1. Every application under sub-section (1) shall be in such form and shall  be accompanied  by such  fee and  such documents  as may be prescribed by the Central Government.
  2. No driving licence shall be issued to any applicant unless he passes to  the satisfaction  of the  licensing authority  such test of competence to drive as may be prescribed by the Central Government:

Provided that,  where the application is for a driving licence to drive a  motor cycle or a light motor vehicle, the licensing authority shall exempt  the applicant  from the  test of  competence  prescribed under this sub-section, if the licensing authority is satisfied--

  1. that the  applicant has  previously held  a driving licence and 
  1. that the  period between  the date of expiry of that licence and  the date  of such  application does  not exceed five years; or
  2. that  the applicant  holds or  has  previously  held  a driving licence issued under or
  3. that the applicant holds a driving licence issued by a competent authority of any country outside India; and
  1. that  the applicant is not suffering from any disease or disability which is likely to cause the driving by him of a motor cycle or,  as the  case may  be, a  light motor  vehicle to  be a source of  danger to  the public; and the licensing authority may for that  purpose require  the applicant  to  produce  a  medical certificate in  the same  form and  in  the  same  manner  as  is referred to in sub-section (3) of Provided further  that where  the application  is for  a  driving licence to  drive a motor vehicle (not being a transport vehicle), the licensing  authority  may  exempt  the  applicant  from  the  test  of competence  to   drive  prescribed  under  this  sub-section,  if  the applicant possesses  a driving  certificate issued  by  an  automobile association recognised in this behalf by the State Government.
  1. Where  the application  is for a licence to drive a transport vehicle, no  such authorisation  shall be  granted  to  any  applicant unless he  possesses such  minimum educational qualification as may be prescribed by  the Central Government and a driving certificate issued by a school or establishment referred to in 
  2. Where  the applicant does not pass to the satisfaction of the licensing authority  the test of competence to drive under sub-section (3), he shall not be qualified to re-appear for such test,--
  1. in  the case  of first three such tests, before a period of one month from the date of last such test; and
  2. in  the case  of such  test after the first three tests,       before a period of one year from the date of last such test.
  1. The  test of  competence to  drive shall  be carried out in a vehicle of the type to which the application refers: Provided that a person who passed a test in driving a motor cycle with gear  shall be  deemed also  to have  passed a  test in driving a  motor cycle without gear.
  2. When  any application  has been  duly made to the appropriate  licensing authority  and the applicant has satisfied such authority of  his competence  to drive,  the licensing  authority  shall  issue  the  applicant a driving licence unless the applicant is for the time being  disqualified for holding or obtaining a driving licence:

Provided that  a licensing  authority may issue a driving licence to drive  a motor  cycle or a light motor vehicle notwithstanding that it is  not the  appropriate  licensing  authority,  if  the  licensing authority is  satisfied that  there is  good and sufficient reason for the applicant's  inability  to  apply  to  the  appropriate  licensing authority:

Provided further  that the  licensing authority shall not issue a new driving  licence to  the applicant,  if he  had previously  held a driving licence,  unless it  is  satisfied  that  there  is  good  and sufficient reason  for his inability to obtain a duplicate copy of his former licence.

  1. If  the licensing  authority is  satisfied, after  giving the applicant an opportunity of being heard, that he--
  1. is a habitual criminal or a habitual drunkard; or
  2. is   a  habitual   addict  to   any  narcotic  drug  or psychotropic substance  within the  meaning of the Narcotic Drugs (61 of 1985.) or
  3. is  a person  whose licence  to drive  any motor vehicle has, at any time earlier, been revoked, it may, for reasons to be recorded tin  writing, make  an order refusing to issue a driving licence to such person and any person aggrieved by an order  made by  a licensing  authority under  this sub-section may, within thirty  days of  the  receipt  of  the  order,  appeal  to  the prescribed  authority.
  1. Any  driving licence  for driving  a  motor  cycle  in  force immediately before  the commencement  of this  Act shall,  after  such commencement, be deemed to be effective for driving a motor cycle with or without gear.

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