The Government of India announced recently that digital copies of documents such as driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance will now be accepted by the traffic police as long as they are presented through the DigiLocker or mParivahan app. As per the Information Technology Act of 2000, these copies are said to be treated as original copies. The new rule will be applicable across the country and certain states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka have already implemented it as reported by NDTV.
The government is taking this route after the Ministry of Road Transport received a number of RTIs and complaints stating that the digital documents presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan app were not being accepted or considered as originals by the traffic police and motor vehicle department.
Now, all users need to do is download DigiLocker or mParivahan app on their smartphone and authenticate the same with the Aadhaar number. Following that, the driver’s license number and other details of the documents need to be entered in the app. Once done, all the user needs to do to present documents is show the QR code on the app, and the traffic police will be able to attain all the details immediately.
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Having a digital system in place means that the authorities do not have to seize the original documents of the car or the person in case of impounding the vehicle. They can simply access the government’s Vahan or Saarthi database through the eChallan system to get the necessary details. Not just that, insurance details of a new vehicle or even an old vehicle will also be available on the Vahan database. The information will be updated by the Insurance Information Board on a daily basis and the same will also reflect on the mParivahan and eChallan app.