DigiLocker: How it works and why you don’t need to carry your driving license ever again!

The government recently asked states to accept driving license, registration certificate or other documents in ‘electronic form’ presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms. According to reports, impounding of documents will be reflected electronically through ‘eChallan’ system.

This is in response to a number of grievances and RTI applications received in the ministry where citizens have raised the issue that the documents available in DigiLocker or the mParivahan app are not considered valid by the traffic police or the motor vehicles department, when asked to produce.

It also means that the traffic police can now record violations by drivers and vehicles by logging into the central database.

Here’s how the system will work:

  • Download DigiLocker/ mParivahan app on mobile and authenticate it with Aadhaar number.
  • Put in key in driving license or registration number to download document in the app.
  • Enforcement officers will scan the QR code from your mobile and get details.
  • They will then record the violations in central database.

Furthermore, the data related to the insurance of new vehicles and renewal of insurance of vehicles is also being uploaded by the Insurance Information Board (IIB) on the VAHAN database and will be reflected on the app of the ministry.

While DigiLocker is available on all phones, mParivahan is only available on Android phones as of now and will be available to Apple iOS platform in the next 7-10 days.

Free Press Journal