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MCWG Driving License in India

To regulate and ensure safe operation, every motorbike owner in India must hold a motorcycle with a Gear (MCWG) driving license to ride it. This page explains the nuances of the MCWG license, the application process, both online and offline, the required documents, and its benefits.

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What is an MCWG Driving License?

In India, two-wheelers are operated with gear and without gear. MCWG means Motor Cycle with Gear (MCGW) driving license, that the RTO (Road Transport Office) issues. It allows you to ride your motorcycles with gear and an engine capacity of 50 CC or higher. Hence, as a bike owner, you should obtain an MCWG driving license to ride your gear-enabled bike without any hassles.

In India, possessing an MCWG license is not just a legal requirement but also influences getting the right bike insurance, particularly a mandatory third-party bike insurance. Moreover, a two-wheeler without gears, such as a scooter, falls under another category and requires a different driving license.

Criteria for Obtaining an MCWG Driving License

There are specific eligibility criteria that you must know before applying for an MCGW driving license. The criteria for obtaining MCWG DL might vary slightly from state to state, but here are the general conditions that need to be fulfilled:

  • Age Requirement: The applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply for this DL.
  • Possession of Learner's License: A valid learner's motorcycle license is a prerequisite. Hence, holding a valid learner's license for at least 30 days is compulsory.
  • Successful Completion of MCWG Driving Test: To acquire this license, the applicant must pass or qualify for theoretical and practical assessments. The aim of these assessments is to evaluate the applicant's knowledge of traffic rules & road signs and their ability to operate a motorcycle with gears safely.

Steps to Apply for an MCWG Driving License Online

Opting for the online application route offers convenience and efficiency. Here's a detailed breakdown of the process:

  1. Visit PARIVAHAN Website: Go to the official website of PARIVAHAN, commonly known as VAHAN, for a driving license application. Select the state you want to get for, andfollow the instructions to apply. Remember, you must possess a valid Learner's License to get MCWG DL.
  2. Fill Out the Application Form: Provide accurate details, such as personal info, address, educational qualifications, and previous DL details (if applicable) in the online application form for a new driving license.
  3. Document Upload: Upload scanned copies of essential documents, including proof of identity, address, age, passport-sized photographs, and your learning license.
  4. Pay the Fee Online: You can pay the prescribed application fee online through a secured payment gateway on PARIVAHAN's website.
  5. Slot Booking: Reserve a suitable time & date slot for the MCWG driving test online.
  6. Appear for the Test: Confirm the chosen slot and then continue the booking process. Ensure you note the details and carry them on the test day. At last, attend the scheduled MCWG driving test (theory & practical tests) at the designated RTO centre.
  7. License Issuance: Upon successfully passing the test, your MCWG driving license will be issued and can be collected from the designated RTO office.

Steps to Apply for an MCWG Driving License Offline

For those who prefer the traditional method, here is how to apply for an MCWG driving license offline:

  1. Get an Application Form: Collect the application form from the nearest RTO office.
  2. Form Filling and Submission: Complete the form accurately and submit it along with the required documents and fees to the RTO office.
  3. Slot Booking: Book a slot for the MCWG driving test at the RTO office.
  4. Appear on Test: On the scheduled date & time, appear for the MCWG driving test.
  5. License Collection: Upon passing the test, collect your MCWG driving license from the designated RTO office.

Documents Required to Obtain an MCWG Driving License

To complete the application process for an MCWG driving license, the following documents are mandatory:

  • Proof of Identity: Aadhaar card, passport, utility bill, PAN card, ration card, or bank passbook with address
  • Proof of Address: Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID card, driving license, or PAN card
  • Proof of Age: Birth certificate, PAN card, Aadhaar card, passport, driving license, or school leaving certificate
  • Passport-sized Photographs
  • Valid Learner's License

You may also read What are the Documents Required for Bike Insurance Claim?

Benefits of MCWG Driving License

Getting an MCWG driving license offers a myriad of benefits, which are explained below:

  • Legal Authorization
    Having an MCWG driving license enables the lawful operation of motorcycles equipped with manual gears.
  • Enhanced Road Safety
    It defines proficiency and competence in operating gear-enabled bikes, contributing to safer roads for all the vehicles running on the road.
  • Enhanced Riding Opportunities
    A valid MCWG driving license gives you multiple riding opportunities, such as a delivery person.

FAQs About MCWG Driving License

  • Q.1 What is MCWG on a driving license?

    Ans: MCWG means Motor Cycle with Gear driving license. It is a license issued by the RTO that allows one to legally ride a bike equipped with gear.
  • Q.2 Can a person with MCWG drive a car?

    Ans: In India, LMV + MCWG is the common type of license issued, which allows the individual to drive a motorcycle with gears and LMV (light motor vehicles, such as jeeps, cars, vans, etc., which weigh less than 7,500 KG for both gear and gearless vehicles.)
  • Q.3 What is the vehicle list for MCWG?

    Ans: The vehicle list for MCWG enables you to drive two-wheelers, such as bikes, scooters, or mopeds with gears and an engine capacity of 50CC or even higher.
  • Q.4 Can I ride a scooter with MCWG?

    Ans: Yes, you can ride a scooter with an MCWG license, and there is no need to get an MCWOG (gearless) license as you already hold an MCGW license.
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