The government—along with the Traffic Police—is having a hard time because of different States and union territories issuing their own driving license. As per the new data, it is believed that over 25 per cent of Indians hold more than one driving license (DL).
Reports suggest that by July 2019, all the DL issued by the regional transport offices (RTO) across India will now have a uniform look with regards to its format, colour, design and security features. These new DLs will be embedded with a SIM card like microchip and QR code and its near-field communication (NFC) feature will help the traffic police to access the details easily.
Besides the name of the issuing authority, the smart DL will feature the national and the State emblems with the user blood group and declaration for organ donation. Besides the renewed license, vehicle's registration certificates (RCs) will also have a new look. With the new BS-VI norms coming in, the RC will clearly have to mention its chassis number and emission norm (BS-IV/BS-VI) on the RC.
Anyone going in for renewal or re-registration will be getting the new DLs and RC, informed a report by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The cost of moving to this new system and issuance of the new smart DL will not be more than Rs 20 and the state governments will be given enough time to roll out this new process. This initiative has come in with Nitin Gadkari’s confirmation on the ministry working on a new database that will help in reducing data redundancy of driving licenses and reduction in multiplicity of driving licenses.