Now, Aadhaar card must for seeking, renewal of driving licence
In yet another move to push the Aadhaar or Unique Identity card, the government has now planned to make Aadhaar mandatory for seeking a new licence or renewal of your driving licence in a bid to ensure that there are no multiple driving licenses under one name. This move is set to kick-start from October this year.
According to reports, the Union road transport ministry has already started working to roll out the measure by incorporating the necessary changes. The ministry has decided to ask all the states to adopt this system to beat the suspension of licence for traffic, criminal offences or for fake identity. The RTO in different states are working on a manual system due to which they are unable to track whether the applicant already had another driving licence.
This new initiative is believed to speed up the process and covert all the data from hard copy registers to the digital format so that all the RTOs would be able to access the real-time data of the applicant.
The Aadhaar details are linked with the driving license which will help to prevent such fraud practices. Aadhaar will be a single document which will be needed to establish the identity of the applicant. If any person does not have it, then he/she has to submit several other documents.
A source was quoted by TOI saying, "We are making the necessary changes and incorporating provisions to enable RTOs to record these details. All RTOs will have access to the central database of driving licences (known as Sarathi) to check whether the applicant has got any other driving licence issued anywhere in the country".