The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has allowed the use of the soft copies of driving license, registration certificate and other relevant papers as valid documents under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1998. Car-owners can carry these documents using DigiLocker or mParivahan app on their smartphones
and show it to inquiring authorities legally. "The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to states to accept Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platform as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and treat them at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities," according to the ministry's statement.
For now, we will take up DigiLocker as our platform of choice and demonstrate how to use it.
How to get your documents in DigiLocker?
Regarding cases of offence when there is a requirement of the documents to be impounded, the enforcement agencies can have such impounding reflected in the VAHAN/SARATHI database electronically through the eChallan system.
Edited by Danny D'Cruze