According to a recent order from the central government, Aadhaar card will now be a mandatory requirement for getting driving licences issued and for renewal, according to report on Times of India. The objective behind the order is to curb issuance of multiple licences under one name. The rule will come into effect starting October, 2017. The move will also help the government in maintaining centralised database on one proof of identification. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has already uploaded most of the data available in regional transport offices (RTOs) across the country on to the database. Until now, multiple licences were being issued that created problems of fake IDs.
People having multiple licences issued from different RTOs in different states isn’t an uncommon thing in India. Apart from the issue of fake IDs, another issue that persisted was the fact that people with multiple driving licenses could continue driving even if one of their licences was impounded. This effectively defeats the purpose of strict penalties such as confiscation of the license.
When the centralised database is ready, RTOs can instantly check whether an applicant already has a licence in any other state. The Union Road Transport Ministry is currently in the process of briefing the state governments over the changes that will have to be incorporated in the procedure for issuing driving licences. The report states that if a person doesn’t have Aadhaar, he/she will be required to submit multiple documents. However, there is no clarity right now on what these documents could be.
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