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From India to Canada: How to Apply for a Canadian Driving License

If you are planning to apply for a driving license in Canada and you have a driving record from India, you may be wondering if it is useful or required for the application process. The requirements for obtaining a driving license in Canada vary depending on the province or territory you plan to settle in. Here are some points to consider regarding your India driving record:

  • International Driving Permit (IDP): In some provinces and territories, an International Driving Permit (IDP) may be accepted as a valid driving license for a limited period, usually six months. An IDP is a translation of your Indian driving license and allows you to drive in Canada as a temporary visitor. However, you should check with the local driving authorities in the province or territory you are moving to, as not all places accept IDPs.

  • Exchange of Foreign License: In some provinces, you may be able to exchange your Indian driving license for a Canadian driving license, depending on specific agreements between India and Canada. Again, this varies by province, and you should check with the local driving authority for eligibility and requirements.

  • Driving Record from India: While a driving record from India may not be directly used to obtain a Canadian driving license, having a record of your driving experience can be helpful. Your driving record can demonstrate your experience and may influence insurance rates and the type of license you can obtain (e.g., learner's license or full license).

To obtain a Driving License Extract from India, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Contact the RTO (Regional Transport Office): Get in touch with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in the city or state in India where your driving license was issued. You can visit their official website or contact them via phone or email to inquire about the process and requirements for obtaining a Driving License Extract.

  2. Required Documents: The RTO may require certain documents for verification purposes. Commonly required documents include:

    • A written application requesting the Driving License Extract.

    • Photocopy of your original driving license.

    • Proof of identity, such as a passport, Aadhaar card, or voter ID.

    • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill or rental agreement.

    • Any additional documents specified by the RTO.

c. Application Process: Submit the required documents to the RTO along with the application form for the Driving License Extract. Pay any applicable fees as specified by the RTO. The fees for obtaining the extract may vary depending on the state or city.

d. Verification and Processing: The RTO will verify your documents and process your request for the Driving License Extract. The processing time may vary, so it's essential to check with the RTO regarding the expected time frame.

e. Collecting the Driving License Extract: Once the request is processed, you can collect the Driving License Extract from the RTO office. It will contain details about your driving license, such as the date of issue, validity, vehicle category, and any endorsements.

f. Attestation or Apostille (if required): If you plan to use the Driving License Extract in another country, you may need to get it attested by the respective authorities or obtain an apostille as per the legal requirements of that country.


It's important to note that the process and requirements for obtaining a Driving License Extract may differ from one state to another in India. Therefore, it is best to directly contact the specific RTO that issued your driving license for accurate information and guidance on the process.

  • Road Test: Regardless of your driving experience in India, most provinces in Canada will require you to take a road test to assess your driving skills and knowledge of local traffic laws before issuing a Canadian driving license.

  • Driving School: Taking driving lessons or a refresher course at a Canadian driving school can be beneficial, as it will help you familiarize yourself with Canadian traffic rules, road signs, and driving practices.

  • Graduated Licensing System: Many provinces in Canada have a graduated licensing system, which means you may need to go through different stages before obtaining a full driving license. Your driving experience in India may be considered when determining which stage of the licensing process you start at.

It is essential to contact the local driving authority or motor vehicle department in the specific province or territory where you plan to reside for accurate and up-to-date information regarding the requirements for obtaining a driving license. They will be able to guide you through the application process, required documentation, and any recognition of your Indian driving record or license.


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