Carrying driving license or any other vehicle related documents will not be needed as the Ministry of Road Transport has issued a notification that the digital driving license, vehicle’s RC papers and all other documents stored in digital lockers will be legally recognised and valid as proof.

The digital copies of driving licence, registration certificate or other documents stored in the DigiLocker or mParivahan platform will be legally accepted and recognised at par with original documents. The official notification regarding acceptance of the driving licence and vehicle registration certificate in digital form has been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport to all the state governments. So now on, any vehicle-related document presented in electronic for through government’s DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms will be valid under the IT Act 2000 and is valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

This means, there will be no need to physically carry driving license and RC book, and you can just flash the electronic copy of your documents even when the traffic police stops you. Also, the data related to the insurance of new vehicles and renewal of insurance of vehicles is also being uploaded by the Insurance Information Board (IIB) on the VAHAN database on a daily basis and will be reflected on the mParivahan/eChallan app of the Road and Transport Ministry.

Even in case of any offence or accident when such documents are needed to be seized, there would be no requirement of physical seizure of such documents as the enforcement agencies can have such impounding reflected in the electronic database through the “eChallan” system. The notifications have been issued as a response to the number of grievances and applications sent by citizens to the Road Ministry complaining that the documents available in DigiLocker or the mParivahan app are not considered valid by the traffic police or motor vehicle authorities.

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