It is now official that Ministry of Road Transport has issued a notification informing that digital driving license and vehicle’s RC papers stored in DigiLockers are now legally recognized at par with the original documents as per the IT Act 2000 and is valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
Effective immediately, the notification by the ministry is addressed to all the India State’s Principal Secretaries, All Secretaries of Department of Transport, DGPs/ ADGPs(Traffic) and all State/UT Transport Commissioners.
it is also notified that the data related to the insurance of new vehicles and renewal date of a car’s insurance is also being uploaded by the Insurance Board (IiB) on the Government’s Vahan database. The same will be reflected on the mParivahan / eChallan app of the Ministry. If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan / eChallan app contain the details of the policy which is in-force, then the requirement of a physical copy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced confirmed the notification.
The government in its notification has made it very clear to every State to accept DLs and Vehicle papers on DigiLocker and mParivahan. During an offence when the documents are required to impound a vehicle, the law agency can access Vahan.Sarthi database online through eChallan system and therefore eliminating the need of physically seizure of any such documents.