Driving License in Karachi – How to Get One

How to Get a License in Karachi

The formal guide towards getting a driver’s license in Karachi is a three step process which may span over a period of two months, for reasons which will be clear to you as you move ahead in this necessary development in your life.

It all begins with of course, obtaining an application and a medical fitness form, followed with getting them filled appropriately with NIC details and a couple of passport size photos. The medical and eyesight test report must also be attached so when the candidate submits the form to the relevant office, they may begin their process of data entry without any glitches.

Once your form is submitted to the registration counter, you will notice various fees for acquiring a license, but for a person getting their license made for the first time in their life, they will be moved to another counter, get their picture taken and will be awarded a ‘Learner’s License’. This marks the beginning of the second phase.

The second phase is to drive around with a Learner’s License for 42 days, before applying for a permanent license.

The third phase is more theory and practical, but theory which introduces you to the concepts of ‘Road Sense’. An enlightening to how you react on the road. This is called the theoretical test and it includes for you to pass: rules and signs.

Then comes the last part of obtaining your driver’s license which is; practical test, this is where you actually drive a car and display actually well are your driving senses. Parallel parking, general road behavior and sign following, braking, etc etc.

You’ll have to be at least 80% accurate to pass these tests to get yourself approved for driving on the road amongst one of the maddest traffic in the world.

Here’s an infographic to sum everything up. (Click image to enlarge)

How to Get a License in Karachi

The forms required for getting a license can be found here.

The fee schedule for different types of licenses can be found here.

There are four branches of the Capital City Traffic Police Karachi. You have to go to the branch that corresponds to the address on your CNIC.

  • Clifton
  • Baldia Town
  • Nazimabad
  • Korangi

Office timings are:

  • Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (1:00 to 1:30 PM Lunch Break)
  • Friday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Here is a guide to Traffic Signs!

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  • Junni

    Learning driving license expire honay se aik din pehle mai office gaya or mujhe learner he reniew karwana tha qnke mujhe bike riding to ati thi lekin car driving mai perfect nhi tha mai, to wahan aik officer ne bola tm reniew q kara rahe ho abhi aese he chalao isko tm 10 saal baad bhi pakka karwao ge to hojayega Kia sahi bola usne ? or learner permit mai driving mai koi masla to nhi hai ?

  • kamran usman

    no the officer is wrong, if your learning license has an expiry date, then officially expires after that specified date.

  • waqar

    salam, kamran hope u doing well, i m intend to apply for the Learning licence as for the first time in my life. though i’ve been driving quit some time now. but i m planing to travel to lahore via road for that purpose i would have to get that liesence for the formality purposes as Alhamdulillah i have no issue driving my city 06..

    let me know the actual procedure i’ve read above mention content how to get that one.. my understanding is to download the form medical and application form both filled it out along with the 2 pic’s and submit it thats it..or do i need to attested form the any medical center for physical fitness approval…
    please clear this query i would be highly appreciated,

  • Muhammad Haris

    I have Lost my Original Learners License?? What to do now.. 🙁

  • Junni

    You are wrong, or wo officer sahi bol ra tha, Mai learning license expire honay ke bad gya or mera license process hgya.

  • Kamran Usman

    sorry Waqar, I just saw your message (as I hardly ever login to disqus account).. as far as I know, you don’t need any attestations beforehand.. just take your NIC to the license office and the rest (medical and stuff) will be done there at the license office.

  • Kilo Mike

    Is there any concession in the application / issuing process of the driving licence in karachi, if you already hold or held a driving licence from another province or issuing authority.