The ministry of road, transport, and highways has legalised the documents available in the DigiLocker or mParivahan app, as it plans on making governance paperless.
The ministry made the changes after receiving numerous grievances/RTI applications where citizens raised concerns “that the documents available in DigiLocker not considered valid by the traffic police or the motor vehicles department”.
The ministry has issued a notification, which says, “In light of the provisions of the Information Technology Act 2000, it is requested to consider the documents available in the ‘electronic form’ in the DigiLocker platform or the mParivahan mobile app as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and be treated at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities.”
DigiLocker provides a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked with user’s Aadhaar (UIDAI) number. It is a platform for issuance and verification of documents (driving license, Voter ID, School certificates) directly into citizens lockers.
It also has the provision of self-attest where legal documents can be electronically signed using the eSign facility. Citizens can also upload scanned copies of their legacy documents in their accounts.