The government on 9th August has requested the state to accept vehicle registration certificate, driver’s identity(driving licence) and other similar documents in ‘electronic form’ presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms rather than accepting the physical copy of the same.

The government also said that impounding of documents will be reflected electronically through ‘eChallan’ system.

“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,” according to the ministry’s statement.

The government has come up with the issue in reply to the RTI applications and some concerns of the citizens that have been received in the ministry. These concerns include that the traffic police in some areas have failed to accept documents available in DigiLocker or the mParivahan app.

“The advisory clarifies that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen’s driving licence or the registration certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form,” the statement said.

Our sources have reported that now onwards the driver identities and the vehicle registration certificates available on DigiLocker or mParivahan as electronic records will be considered legal by the traffic police department as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

The sources have reported that the facility has been provided to the citizens in order to make the verification process easy. As Motor Vehicles Act 1988, and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 says that owner/driver has to produce the documents such as driving licence, certificate of registration etc to the authority on demand.

Besides this, the insurance-related data of new vehicles and renewal of insurance of vehicles will also be uploaded on a daily basis by the Insurance Information Board (IIB) on the VAHAN database which will then be reflected on the mParivahan/eChallan app of the ministry. Due to this step whenever a case of offence will come up than the enforcement agencies can directly pick the data from VAHAN/SARATHI database electronically through the eChallan system.