Electronic vehicle documents like the registration certificate and driving license stored on Mparivahan Or Digilocker can now be accepted as a replacement for the paper ones.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the electronic vehicle documents acceptance has been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. According to it, the amended Central Motor Vehicles Rules allow online vehicle documents including driving license (DL), registration certificate (RC), permit, insurance, fitness validity, etc. to be used as a substitute for the paper ones.
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Commenting on the acceptance of the electronic vehicle documents, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) stated the following:
"With this revision of rules, it is now not necessary for people to carry the relevant paper documents.
"However, for the electronic documents to be treated as legally recognised at a par with the original documents as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000, it is necessary that they are available on DigiLocker or mParivahan app carried by the user."
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All the information regarding the user's DL, RC, permit, insurance and fitness validity are present on the mParivahan mobile application when the vehicle’s registration number or DL are entered to the app. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is distributing this application through NIC.
"The DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has the facility to pull a citizen's driving licence or the certificate of registration details from VAHAN and make it available in the DigiLocker App in an electronic form.
Now, the paper driving license and other related documents are the things of the past since online documents can serve as an effective replacement.
The details on the vehicle's insurance and its restoration are also present in the eChallan application, but is only available to the enforcement police. Moreover, the DL and the RC can also be downloaded and stored on mobile equipment, and details can be displayed on mobile devices with Internet connection. Police can also access the information on the online license status or the verification of vehicle through the eChallan application at the same time.
"Offline verification of mParivahan QR Code is also available on this platform. Normal android mobile apps can be used for this purpose,"
Both the law enforcement officers and citizens will benefit from this new method. The former now do not have to handle any paper documents and their office is not required to store any paper record. In the meanwhile, the citizens only need to bring along their mobile phones instead of all the paper documents. This is a swift, reliable and transparent system which can provide real-time availability for traffic violation status to both the enforcement police and citizens.