The Ministry of Road Transport has now issued a notification which says that now the digital copies of documents like driver’s license and vehicle’s RC papers stored in DigiLockers would now be recognised at par with the original documents as per the IT Act 2000 and is valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. This notice has also been forwarded to India State’s Principal Secretaries, All Secretaries of Department of Transport, DGPs/ ADGPs(Traffic) and all State/UT Transport Commissioners.
It is to be noted that digital copies of these documents would not be considered legit in cases of offence wherein the individual is supposed to submit them to the legal authorities.
What are DigiLockers
DigiLocker is a cloud storage system launched in September 2016 to enable users to store all their government documents in digital format.
The service was launched by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. This is to help in the integration of mobile application DigiLocker with the driving licence and vehicle registration certificate. You just need to have an Aadhaar card linked to your cell number to open an account.
Driving Licences and Vehicle Registration documents can be issued directly to the Digilockers of individuals in digital formats. These can also be shared with other departments for verification purpose.
Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said, “The integration will bring a paradigm shift in the vision of paperless governance. It will serve to bring agility and efficiency to the entire process of issuance of driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates through IT enablement.”