Driving Licence in Goa


#1 Dec 21st, 2009, 21:58
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Hi all, I'll be staying in India for a few months. I don't have a driving licence anymore as I've lost it in my home country.

I would very much like to be able to rent motorbikes in Goa but I am in need of a drivers licence. Is it possible for me to obtain an indian drivers licence?

Would I get into alot of trouble for driving without a licence?
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Originally Posted by TChris View Post Hi all, I'll be staying in India for a few months. I don't have a driving licence anymore as I've lost it in my home country.

I would very much like to be able to rent motorbikes in Goa but I am in need of a drivers licence. Is it possible for me to obtain an indian drivers licence?

Would I get into alot of trouble for driving without a licence?
No you cant get an Indian Drivers Licence unless you can establish resident status, which you cant.

No you will not "get into a lot of trouble" unless you are very unlucky as the Goan police will be more interested in extracting "on the spot cash fines" from you on a daily basis which WILL become tedious (and expensive)

Suggest you either look a bit harder and find your licence or apply for a duplicate. You will then need to obtain an International Driving Permit in the UK but you will only get it for the vehicle classes you have passed on, so if you dont have a full motorcycle licence, forget it!
Please also be aware that the Goan police will know where to look on the IDP to check types of vehicle you are entitled to drive, in spite of some travellers saying they do not.
Why do barely literate policemen know this? Because a spot fine (Br*be) is involved, of course!
#3 Dec 23rd, 2009, 04:56
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Not having a DL is not a big deal in India. A large percentage of drivers don't, and having it is irrelevant by itself; the driving schools are an absolute joke and the driving "test" is just driving the car on a straight line for ~100 meters. However, police will attempt to attract a larger "fine" from you if you are white or appear to be rich and educated (even Indians). You will not go to jail. Even the law states that officially only the car is to be detained and (official) fine collected, and car to be released once someone with a valid DL comes to collect. Owner of the vehicle can be fined if they gave you direct consent to drive without a license. Avoid paying more than Rs.300 for this offense to the police.

PS: Yes, you CAN get an Indian drivers license. You just need to go to the RTO (regional transport office), get a hold of a agent/tout to help you fill out an affidavit and assist in fast processing of the license. Usually you get a learner's license first and a permanent one after 30 days. This is technically an offense of perjury and document fraud but it is well tolerated and not really prosecuted.

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Originally Posted by Uncle_Tony View Post Not having a DL is not a big deal in India. A large percentage of drivers don't, and having it is irrelevant by itself; the driving schools are an absolute joke and the driving "test" is just driving the car on a straight line for ~100 meters. However, police will attempt to attract a larger "fine" from you if you are white or appear to be rich and educated (even Indians). You will not go to jail. Even the law states that officially only the car is to be detained and (official) fine collected, and car to be released once someone with a valid DL comes to collect. Owner of the vehicle can be fined if they gave you direct consent to drive without a license. Avoid paying more than Rs.300 for this offense to the police.

PS: Yes, you CAN get an Indian drivers license. You just need to go to the RTO (regional transport office), get a hold of a agent/tout to help you fill out an affidavit and assist in fast processing of the license. Usually you get a learner's license first and a permanent one after 30 days. This is technically an offense of perjury and document fraud but it is well tolerated and not really prosecuted.

Cheers
As a tourist or foreigner you will need to have an IDP and have your license to back it up when hiring.

If you don't have this you will not be able to get a legitimate hire. You will also find that any travel insurance you have will not be valid.

This will in itself cause major problems if you have an accident.

Don't think you can just pay the local police backhanders, they are likely to hit you with a fine time and again.

Last year I got stopped withing 10 mins of having a scooter between Calangute and Arpora. I had the correct paperwork, the year before I also got stopped in Arpora late an night.
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#5 Dec 26th, 2009, 15:48
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Originally Posted by TChris View Post Hi all, I'll be staying in India for a few months. I don't have a driving licence anymore as I've lost it in my home country.

I would very much like to be able to rent motorbikes in Goa but I am in need of a drivers licence. Is it possible for me to obtain an indian drivers licence?

Would I get into alot of trouble for driving without a licence?
I suggest that you try to get a duplicate licence and then apply for the international one as mentioned earlier by a fellow poster.
Do not try to drive without a licence as not only is it illegal but in the event of an accident you will end up in a lot trouble. Just think of it this way...would you want to drive without a licence in your own country.
Also if you do get you licence in order please try too avoid driving at nights as it a bit dangerous due to some of the bad driving habbits that exist on our roads.
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Mango, maybe the OP lost the license in the judicial fashion. Ah, the subtleties..
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What I meant with "I lost my licence" is that I got it revoked. Im banned to drive in my country for 12 months and so have not got any licence at all. So having it dublicated isn't really an option for me.

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Originally Posted by Uncle_Tony View Post PS: Yes, you CAN get an Indian drivers license. You just need to go to the RTO (regional transport office), get a hold of a agent/tout to help you fill out an affidavit and assist in fast processing of the license. Usually you get a learner's license first and a permanent one after 30 days. This is technically an offense of perjury and document fraud but it is well tolerated and not really prosecuted.
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Thanks for the adive Tony, I think I may opt for this aproach. Driving without a licence, as stated, I will be having to pay fines left and right which would eventually be quite heavy on my wallet
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Originally Posted by TChris View Post What I meant with "I lost my licence" is that I got it revoked. Im banned to drive in my country for 12 months and so have not got any licence at all. So having it dublicated isn't really an option for me.



Thanks for the adive Tony, I think I may opt for this aproach. Driving without a licence, as stated, I will be having to pay fines left and right which would eventually be quite heavy on my wallet
You will find it is not as easy as is posted to get an Indian drivers license.
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Originally Posted by TChris View Post What I meant with "I lost my licence" is that I got it revoked. Im banned to drive in my country for 12 months and so have not got any licence at all. So having it dublicated isn't really an option for me.

Thanks for the adive Tony, I think I may opt for this aproach. Driving without a licence, as stated, I will be having to pay fines left and right which would eventually be quite heavy on my wallet
Supposing that you actually did something to incur this severe penalty, how about having a little respect for the law, and for the other road users? Keep your driving off our Indian roads, please, and keep your lousy law-avoiding schemes off this forum.
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Mod Note: And with Nick's last post I couldn't agree more. This is not a forum which discusses illegal activities and how to get around officialdom in any sort of illegal way. For this reason the thread is now being closed.
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