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  • You Can Now Carry Your Driving Documents on Your Mobiles

    Driving Documents presented through DigiLocker and mParivahan apps will now be valid.

    If you’ve had to face a scenario where you forgot your driving documents like DL (Driving Licence), RC (Registration Certificate), PUC (Pollution under Control document), etc., or an instance where your driving documents saved on mobile were not accepted by the traffic police, then this development will come as a welcome respite for you. Traditionally, as per the provisions under the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 as well as the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989, anyone driving on the Indian roads can be asked to produce physical copies of documents, viz. registration, car insurance, licence, etc., by the authorities at any time.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory for this purpose, and as per that, the soft copies of driving documents on the DigiLocker and mParivahan apps will now be considered valid.

A Brief about DigiLocker and mParivahan apps

DigiLocker

The DigiLocker is a platform for the issuance and verification of various digital documents, offering a cloud storage space linked to one’s Aadhaar number.

  • Organizations registered with this platform can directly push electronic copies of driving licences and other documents into the citizens’ lockers.
  • Users also have the option to upload scanned copies of their legacy documents to the app, and these can be signed electronically (eSign) as well.

DigiLocker offers users access to their documents at any time, with the capability of being able to share them online as well. It also makes it very convenient to check the authenticity of documents, as they are issued directly by registered authorities on this app.

mParivahan

The mParivahan app allows users to instantly access information, services, and utilities that are related to the Transport Sector. This app is aimed at bringing convenience and transparency. The mParivahan is a government app for all India RTO vehicle registration number searches. You can find complete information about a car, including the owner’s name, registration date and authority, type of car, fuel type, insurance and fitness validity, etc. Plus, one may verify DL details on the app, and also create virtual DL and RC that will be stored in the app itself.

Both these apps act as digital storage drives for your documents.

Documents that are mandatory to drive a car in India, and which can be carried in the digital form on these apps, include:

  • Vehicle registration certificate (RC)
  • Pollution under control certificate (PUC)
  • Driving licence
  • Valid insurance policy for the vehicle
  • Certificate of fitness and required permits (for commercial vehicles)

authorities to consider the digital documents available on these apps as legally recognized, and to be treated the same as the physical certificates that are issued by transport authorities. This initiative is in line with the provisions under the Information Technology Act of 2000.

It is easy to check whether a vehicle is insured or not

The VAHAN database is being updated every day with information regarding the insurance of new vehicles by the Insurance Information Board (IIB). On the mParivahan/eChallan app, you can easily check whether a policy is active for a vehicle or not. Removing the need to carry a physical copy, this is another step that contributes to paperless functioning.
This move on part of MoRTH is a crucial step towards improving the convenience for the commuters. With the introduction of this reform that marks digital forms of documents as valid and legally recognized, India is bound to move closer than ever to paperless governance.

Link to the Original Advisory
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