Driving licenses, registration cards, insurance details and other vehicle related documents can now be issued and saved digitally on the government’s National DigiLocker cloud storage system, reports IANS. Through a tie up between the Ministry of Road Transport and Ministry of IT, the national RTO database containing over over 19 crore vehicle registration details and over 10 crore driving licenses, will now be integrated with the DigiLocker software, added the report.
Users can also register themselves and upload their existing physical documents on DigiLocker and access them anytime, and share it online among other users as well. This will also help reduce administrative efforts of government departments by making it easier to validate authenticity of documents as they are issued directly by registered ministries or issuers only.
This paves way for a paper-less license issuing system for drivers; users will soon be able to take their vehicles out without carrying physical documents. Instead, drivers can use the DigiLocker mobile app to display their vehicle registration and license to authorities on demand, although the government hasn’t yet mentioned a timeline for this.
Number of issuers and users: Currently DigiLocker has 16 registered issuers including Ministry of Road Transport, Central Board of Secondary Education, National e-Governance Division, Department of Registration & Stamps, Maharashtra, among others. It also claims to have over 2 million registered users who have uploaded more than 2.5 million documents.
Type of documents: The most uploaded document is the Aadhaar card, which is required for signing up on the platform in the first place. Other than this, DigiLocker is also used to issue caste and birth certificates, income certificates, possession certificate and nativity certificate, among others.
Growth in users and no of documents uploaded: Interestingly, the digital locker saw a surge of users—over 700,000 new users—registering themselves between April to May alone. Post this period, and especially after May, the registrations have increased marginally, adding more than 300,000 news users between May to September. Documents uploaded also saw significant growth from start of this year: a total of 740,301 documents were uploaded in January, this number now has increased to 2.5 million documents in this month.
The DigiLocker was originally launched by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) in February 2015. Every user gets 10 MB of dedicated free personal storage space, which is linked to their Aadhaar details. The URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) for every document is also stored in the e-locker, allowing government agencies to directly access the document from the repository.