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Digital Driving License & RC Formats Valid: The Transport Ministry of India has notified all the states and their respective police departments that digital or electronic formats of vehicle documents are acceptable. In other words, you don't have to carry a printed or laminated format of your driver's licence, vehicle insurance or registration certificate (RC).
The Times Of India shared that the relevant vehicle documents can be submitted in soft copy formats through applications such as DigiLocker and mParivahan. Such digital formats are also legally recognised to be on par with the original ones as per the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The statement from the Ministry said – "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 new notification is also in the wake of rising complaints from the public that the police are not accepting digital vehicle documents. The electronic formats comply with the rules and regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 too.
Data related to vehicle insurance and its renewal is currently being uploaded by the Insurance Information Board (IIB) onto the ‘VAHAN' database. This will automatically reflect on DigiLocker and mParivahan.
The Ministry's statement further states – "If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan/eChallan app contain the details of the policy which is in force, then the requirement of a physical copy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced".
The statement also mentioned instances of a possible offence. "There would be no requirement of the physical seizure of such documents. This IT-based online verification of certificates is expected to help the enforcement authority in ensuring the genuineness of the details which further would result in better compliance and effective monitoring", it said.
Thoughts On Making Digital Vehicle Documents Valid
The new move by the Road Transport Ministry of India stays true to the popular slogan – "Digital India". Furthermore, the ability to carry all the relevant vehicle documents on your smartphone is much more convenient than keeping a separate file of papers. Currently, the Ministry has only acknowledged government-owned apps and there is no news whether other such applications can be used to store the documents.