MCWG Full Form in Driving Licence

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  • TATA AIG Team
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  • 24/11/2023

In India, you need a driving licence to ride a two-wheeler. If you are found driving without a valid licence, you can be fined and/or imprisoned, and the traffic police can seize your vehicle.

While most people know that a driving licence is mandatory, not many people know that there are different types of driving licences for two-wheelers in India.

Based on their usage, there are four types of driving licences: Learner’s Driving License, Permanent Driving License, Commercial Driving License and International Driving Permit.

Apart from these, two-wheeler licences are also categorised based on the type of vehicle. One such driving licence is MCWG.

In this article, we will discuss what MCWG means in Driving Licences and discuss everything you need to know about it.

MCWG Full Form and Meaning

Before we understand the full form of MCWG, Let us look at the different types of driving licences issued by the RTO based on the vehicle category:

Types of Driving Licences Based on the Type of Vehicle

  • MCWOG – Motorcycle Without Gear

  • MCWG – Motorcycle With Gear

  • LMV – Light Motor Vehicle

  • LMV TT – Light Motor Vehicle Transport Taxis

  • MGV – Medium Goods Vehicle

  • MPV – Medium Passenger Vehicle

  • So, the MCWG full form is a Motorcycle with Gear.

**What MCWG Means in Driving Licences?

  • Hence, an MCWG Driving License is a licence that allows you to ride a motorcycle that has gears. As you can see, there is a separate licence (MCWOG) for motorcycles without gears like mopeds.

What is a Motorcycle with Gear?

  • A motorcycle with gear means motorcycles with an engine capacity of 50cc+ that are equipped with a gear system.

Eligibility Criteria for MCWG Driving Licence

While the eligibility criteria for driving licences can vary across states, here are the general requirements for applying for a driving licence for vehicle class MCWG:

  • Individuals below the age of 18 years are not eligible to apply

  • You need to have a Learner’s License for at least 30 days to be eligible to apply for a permanent MCWG licence

  • You will be required to clear two tests:

Theory Test: This includes knowledge of various road signs and traffic rules and also includes safe riding practices

Practical Test: This includes riding the MCWG vehicle type in front of an examiner appointed by the RTO

It is important to visit the website of the Regional Transport Office of your region to understand the eligibility criteria before applying.

How to Apply for an MCWG Driving Licence?

There are two ways of applying for an MCWG driving licence – online and offline. Here are the steps:

Online application for MCWG driving licence

  • Visit the official website of Parivahan Sarathi and select your state from the dropdown list

  • If you don’t have a Learner’s License, then click on the “Apply for Learner Licence” link. This will open up a form where you will be required to provide the following details:

  • Aadhaar-based verification

  • A duly filled application form

  • Signature

  • Specified documents

  • Fee payment

  • If you have a Learner’s Licence that is more than 30 days old, then you can apply for an MCWG licence by clicking the link “Apply for Driving License”.

  • You will be required to provide the Learner Licence number to proceed with the application

  • Fill out the application form carefully and provide all details

  • Upload documents, including proof of your age, address, and identity along with a copy of the learner licence

  • Pay the application fee via the available online means

  • Choose the date and time when you would want to appear for the theory and practical tests

  • On the selected date, appear for the tests

Offline application for MCWG driving licence

  • Visit the local RTO office and collect the driving licence application form

  • Fill out the application form carefully and provide all details

  • Attach documents including passport-sized photographs, proof of your age, address, and identity along with a copy of the learner licence

  • Submit the form and the documents at the designated counter in the RTO office

  • Pay the application fee at the payment counter

  • Choose the date and time when you would want to appear for the theory and practical tests

  • On the selected date, appear for the tests

  • Once you clear your tests, you will receive your driving licence via speed post.

Common Categories of Driving Licences for Private (Non-Commercial) Use

LMV + MCWG: The LMV MCWG driving licence is the most common type of licence issued in India. It allows licence holders to drive MCWG, i.e., motorcycles with gears and LMV, i.e., Light Motor Vehicles, such as cars, jeeps, vans, etc. (weighing less than 7500 kgs, with or without gear).

MCWG Non-transport: MCWG non-transport means the use of the MCWG vehicle for non-commercial purposes. In states where two-wheelers are issued commercial licenses, private users need to opt for an MCWG non-transport licence, whereas commercial users will get an MCWG transport licence..

Documents Needed to get an MCWG Driving Licence

While the list of documents might be different in different states, here is a common list:

Document Description
Application Form A duly filled application form
Proof of Age
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • School leaving certificate
  • Or any valid document specifying the applicant's age.
  • Proof of Address
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Passport
  • Or any official document showing the applicant's residential address.
  • Recent passport-sized photographs
  • Passport-size Photographs Recent passport-sized photographs
    Previous Licence (if applicable) Copy of the learner's licence or expired driving licence if the applicant previously held one.
    Form 2 (Medical Certificate) A medical fitness certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner. This is usually in Form 1-A or Form 1, indicating the candidate's fitness to drive.
    Form 1 (Self-declaration) Self-declaration stating physical fitness, as per Form 1.
    Application Fee Prescribed fee for the MCWG driving licence application.
    Training Certificate Training completion certificate from a recognised driving school (in some regions).
    Other Supporting Documents Any other documents as requested by the respective RTO or authorities.

    Final Words

    Apart from getting a licence, don’t forget to buy bike insurance for your motorcycle. Like a licence, insurance for 2 wheelers is mandatory in India. While the law mandates third-party liability policies only, it is prudent to opt for a comprehensive bike insurance policy for better coverage.

    Also, before buying the policy, research the market, and use online tools to compare two wheeler insurance plans. This can help you get the best coverage for your motorcycle.

    FAQS

    Q1. What is MCWG in driving licences?

    In driving licences, MCWG stands for Motorcycle With Gear. These are licences that are specifically issued to people who intend to ride motorcycles more than 50cc and have gears.

    Q2. How many types of driving licences are there in India?

    There are different types of driving licences in India. The four major categories are Learner, Permanent, Commercial, and International. Additionally, driving licences are also categorised based on the vehicle category. So, you have a licence for motorcycles without gear, motorcycles with gear, light motor vehicles, medium goods vehicles, and medium passenger vehicles, among others.

    Q3. Can I ride a motorcycle without gear with an MCWG licence?

    Yes, an MCWG driving licence holder can ride motorcycles with gear and motorcycles without gear. However, people holding an MCWOG (Motorcycle Without Gear) licence are not permitted to ride motorcycles with gears.

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