How to get driving licence in Nepal?

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To get through the hustle and bustle of the cities like Kathmandu, a private vehicle has become essential, and, with that, a valid driving licence becomes essential too.

According to historical records, Nepal issued its first driving licence in 1921 to Gopal Khopase while the first woman to get the licence was Machhari Chitrakar in 1952. During those times, the traffic police would issue the licences; the job has been taken over by the Department of Transport Management since its establishment in 1984. Since 2015, the department has started distributing digital smart licences, eliminating the system of traditional paper licence. The new licence has electronic chips that contain information about the driver’s identity.

Getting a driving licence in Nepal has become more systematic than before. The government of Nepal distributes driving licences in all 14 zones of Nepal. There are many categories of driving licence, from A to K with subtypes, but the most useful for personal use are categories ‘A’ (for both motorcycles and scooters), ‘B’ (light four-wheelers), and ‘K’ (scooters). You can also apply for both Category A and B.

In Nepal, once a driving licence is issued, it is valid for five years.

Here, we have for you a step-by-step guide for applying for and getting a driving licence.

1. Registration