Saturday 8 October 2016

Keep RC and Driving License in DigiLocker

Happy News !  Happy News !

Now the time has come that your important documents and ID proofs will become as immortal as your soul. Your PAN Card, Aadhaar ID, Voter ID, Passport or even Driving Licenses will remain saved in original in your DigiLocker and your nominated legal heirs will be able to view your ID Proofs even after your death.

Now the Ministry of Transport and CBSE Board has partnered with the DigiLocker in such a way that you can pull or fetch your original CBSE degree/marks sheet, NEET Rank Letter, Driving License and even Registration Certificate of your vehicle directly in your Digi Locker which can be opened on your smartphone through DigiLocker application. You can just show the original driving license kept in Digi Locker to the Traffic Inspector and the Traffic Inspector will not be able to harass you by demanding bribe in return for returning the driving license.

It is a welcome move as this will only reduce administrative expenses but also streamline governance.

Limitations of Online Storage of Documents:

There are many limitations for pulling and fetching original documents from the issuing authorities who have partnered with Digi Locker. Few limitations are discussed below:
  • As Digi Locker is Aadhaar Based application, user has to ensure that the particulars of the driving license, Voter ID, Passport, PAN Card, CBSE Marks sheet, NEET Rank letter exactly match with the particulars fetched by Digi Locker from Aadhaar servers. Name, Father's name, Date of Birth and Address etc need to be checked and verified in such a way that the user has no multiple different identities in digital records.
  • Only those documents will be pulled and fetched in Digi Locker where the issuing authorities have partnered with Digi Locker and there is 100% synchronisation. For example Registrars of Births and Deaths in many state have yet to digitalise their data and partner with DigiLocker where some states and UT's like Haryana have already partnered with Digi Locker. In case of Haryana digilocker owners can fetch their Birth Certificates in their Digi Locker Account.
In my view it will take another 10 years when all the issuing authorities in all the states go digital and partner with Digi Locker to reduce the administrative expense and make Digital India dream come true.

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