The Road Transport Ministry has directed all the states to accept the driving papers including Driving Licence, Registration certificate or other documents in the electronic form through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms.
The ministry passed a statement on 9 August saying that, “The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to states to accept driving licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in ‘electronic form’ presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platform as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and treat them at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities”.
The move taken by the government to consider digital documents as valid comes as an effect of the number of responses filed by the citizens who have raised an issue that the documents presented by them are not considered as valid by the motor vehicle departments.The advisory released by the ministry explains the use of digital driving documents.
It says, “The advisory clarifies that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport Highways Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen’s driving licence or the registration certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form”.
However, it has also been said that from now onwards insurance of new vehicles and renewal data of a car’s insurance will be uploaded by the Insurance Board (IiB) on the Government’s database followed by same in the mParivahan app of the Road Ministry.
In case, the details of the vehicles like registration is attached on the mParivahan app and in force, then no physical copy of the insurance certificate is not required to be enforced.
The government has strictly directed to all the states to consider DigiLocker as valid and make to sure to enter all the details of Driving licence and vehicle papers in the online platform.