Under a new proposal sent to the state government, Uttar Pradesh Transport Department plans to rope in post offices for providing services relating to online applications for driving licences, according to a TNN report. The department says that this will streamline the process of online driving licence application by assisting applicants in the process and it will also eliminate middlemen. UP transport commissioner P Guruprasad told TOI that under the proposal sent to the state government for approval, the transport department has suggested that post offices have separate counters for online driving licence applications.
The services at the post office would include payment of application fee. The transport department is now awaiting a go-ahead from the state government, following which it will sign a formal agreement with India Post.
Post office counters would handle all online lincence application services, along with which users can also place renewal requests, change of address, etc. The TNN report added that fee for these services has not been settled upon yet. To begin with, two counters have been planned for the General Post Office in Hazratganj, Lucknow. The facility will eventually be extended to other districts and cities after approval.
Online application for driving licence has seen a tremendous hike over the months. Nearly 90% of people applied for the driving licences online, Delhi's Transport Department has confirmed, with a similar situation in other states like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, and Maharashtra.
Various data show that overall over 60% of applications of new driving licenses have become online. Currently, citizens from 27 Indian states can apply for DLs online.
In related news, all Regional Transport Offices (RTO) in Delhi are now online on the Internet starting 1st October. This will enable processes like applying for a driving license, learners license and even vehicle's registration certificate (RC) to also go online.
The Central Government has built a centralised software to make the whole online driving licence application process simpler.