Driving licences go digital in India

India is integrating driving licences with the DigiLocker mobile app

By Kareyst Lin
Sept. 14, 2016

India recently announced the integration of Driving Licences (DL) and Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) with DigiLocker mobile app.

With this integration, people will no longer need to carry around physical copies of their RCs and DLs. They can access digital copies on their mobile phones via the DigiLocker app.

DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents and certificates digitally.

The documents can also be issued directly to the DigiLockers of individuals in digital formats. These digital copies can be shared with other departments as identity and address proof.

The licences and certificates can also be used for on-the-spot verification through the citizen's mobile, by various law enforcement authorities like the Traffic Police. Besides convenience for the people, this will also result in assured authenticity of documents and reduction of administrative overhead.

The integration will bring a paradigm shift in the vision of paperless governance, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice. It will serve to bring agility and efficiency to the process of issuance of driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates, through technological enablement.

DigiLocker was launched in July 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. It aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said that the Ministry is working towards integrating documents like vehicle insurance and fitness certificates to DigiLocker.