Indian Government To Introduce Uniform Driving Licence Across all States In 2019; Comes With NFC

The Indian government is planning to roll out uniform driving licences across the country, starting from July next year. The new rule will see Driving Licences (DLs) and Registration Cards (RCs) with a similar look, design and colour across all states and union territories. Both the DL and RC will also come with the same security features as well.

Uniform Driving Licence To Be Introduced By Indian Government From July 2019; Smart DLs and RCs Across States

According to TOI, the new ‘Smart' DLs and RCs will also come embedded with a microchip and QR Codes. They will also now feature Near-Field Communications (NFC) allowing traffic enforcers to access driver details stored on the cards. on their hand-held devices.

The new DL will also come with information regarding and driver declarations, such as organ donations or if he/she is driving a specially designed vehicle to aid the physically challenged.

The RC will now come with specific details regarding the emission norms of the vehicle to carry out the emission test objectively.

Uniform Driving Licence To Be Introduced By Indian Government From July 2019; Smart DLs and RCs Across States

According to reports, about 32,000 DLs are issued or renewed in the country every day, along with 43,000 vehicles being registered or re-registered on a daily basis as well. This will help gradually replace the old DLs and RCs with the new ones over time among everyone in India.

Uniform Driving Licence To Be Introduced By Indian Government From July 2019; Smart DLs and RCs Across States

A senior official stated that the traffic enforcer will be given multiple options to access information regarding the driver. This can be through inserting the smart cards to their hand-held devices, keying in the DL or RC numbers and/or through NFC which gives access to details when held close to the device.

Uniform Driving Licence To Be Introduced By Indian Government From July 2019; Smart DLs and RCs Across States

Another official also stated the cards will give direct access to the URL containing driver and vehicle details. This also includes any past records of both the driver and vehicle alike.

Uniform Driving Licence To Be Introduced By Indian Government From July 2019; Smart DLs and RCs Across States

The official also added that the process of giving out these new RCs and DLs have already begun in many places. The official also added that the overall cost to add the new features would increase by just Rs 15 - 20 per card. This will further allow states to easily roll out the new cards within the given time frame.

Thoughts On The Uniform Driving Licence

Uniform Driving Licence To Be Introduced By Indian Government From July 2019; Smart DLs and RCs Across States

The Indian government's move to introduce uniform DLs and RCs across the countrywill be a welcome change. The ‘Smart' DLs and RCs will allow for a more smoother and paper-free access to the driver's details, including the past records, fines and emission test certificates.

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Story first published: Monday, October 15, 2018, 11:47 [IST]
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