(Procedure given) Now get an official e-copy of your electronic driving license, R.C., Insurance policy from the government.

Now it is not mandatory to carry your vehicle’s documents in physical form if you have a certified e copy of them. Please note that a photograph and/or scanned copy of the document will not serve the purpose, only a certified e-copy can be accepted.

Procedure to get a certified e-copy of your documents in 14 simple steps.

Step 1: Visit “https://digilocker.gov.in”

Step 2: Click “Sign up” and follow the procedure of sign up.

Step 3: Submit your Aadhar details.

Step 4: Click on “Issued Documents”.

Step 5: Click on “Check partner’s section”.

Step 6: Select “Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, all states” from the list of partners.

Step 7: Select the Document type you want to download.

Step 8: Submit the details required for your verification.

Step 9: Click on I provide my consent.

Step 10: Your document’s e-version has been successfully downloaded to your account.

Step 11: Download Digilocker’s official app from your app store.

Step 12: Login in the app.

Step 13: Your e-documents are saved in the issued documents section.

Step 14: Now you can show this to the Traffic police officer.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified via notification No. RT-11036/64/2017-MV on 8th August 2018 that Driving License, Registration Certificate or other documents can be presented through Digilocker or mParivahan.  Therefore it is no more necessary to produce hard copies of the documents of a vehicle to the officers of Traffic Police.

The DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India and the mParivahan mobile app of this Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen’s Driving Licence or the Registration Certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form. These electronic records available on DigiLocker or mParivahan are deemed to be legally recognised at par with the original documents as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000. 

If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan / eChallan app contain the details of the insurance policy which is in-force, then the requirement of a physical copy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced. 

In cases where there is an offence made out and that 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. There would be no requirement of physical seizure of the such documents. 

Even if any State is using any such online enforcement solution through alternative database, then it is the responsibility of the State to transfer the relevant information electronically through web service of VAHAN/ SARATHI database.

-Tushar Kaushik 

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