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No need to carry DL or RC as with DigiLocker documents go online
Moving a step ahead in the Digital India campaign, the transport department has decided to do away with the need for carrying physical copies of the vehicle registration certificate or the driving license.
The documents can now be stored digitally on the government's newly launched cloud-based platform, DigiLocker.

The e-copies of these documents can now be accessed on mobile phones through the DigiLocker mobile app. These documents can now be issued directly to the DigiLockers of individuals in digital formats and digital copies of the same can be shared with other government departments to serve as as identity and address proofs. Law enforcement agencies can also do on-spot verification of documents using the person's mobile phone

The service was jointly launched by Information and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari at the Transport Bhawan.

"This platform is a major step forward towards ensuring greater transparency and cutting down corruption and red-tapism. The move will benefit a large number of people by facilitating ease of access to the documents," said Mr Gadkari.

"It will serve to bring agility and efficiency to the entire process of issuance of driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates through IT enablement," Mr. Prasad said.

DigiLocker can be used to access the digital copy of documents as well as for issuance and verification of documents and certificates digitally.

At present, DigiLocker currently 21,26,332 registered users with 24,11,702 uploaded documents and has issued over 4,26,73,232 documents.

According to the government, National Register System has been integrated with DigiLocker making over 19 crore Vehicle Registration Certificates and over 9 crore driving licenses available in the citizens' lockers.

"Once the data from the remaining RTOs is updated in the National Register Systems, the digital copies of those driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates will also be available through DigiLock," said a statement from the Government.

In order to access the digital RC and DL, a user first needs to sign up for a DigiLocker and then download the DigiLocker app. In the mobile app, he will have to select the issued documents section. The enforcement personnel such as traffic police can verify the soft copies offline using the QR code.

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