For many Indians, the Digilocker app has been a handy tool, enabling them to keep important documents such as their Aadhaar card on their person at all times. Union Minister V Muraleedharan has now announced that the app will soon allow users to send paperless documents needed for passport services, after which users do not have to bear the original documents.
Integration between the Digilocker app and the ‘Passport Seva Programme’ would make it less of a challenge to use passport services. In addition, the Digilocker app may be a fast and convenient replacement for the original passport papers, as most users would already have their phone with them.
We are also working to carry out e-passports intended to improve protection for people, making it harder to exploit the data recorded on a passport, thus reducing the chances of fraud. “We are also working towards rolling out e-passports for the citizens that are designed to increase security, making it more difficult to tamper with the data recorded on a passport, thereby limiting the chances of fraud.”
What is DIGILOCKER?
Digilocker is a mobile application that allows you to integrate your Aadhaar account with the app, enabling you to extract and store important documents related to your social ID. This can then be created and demonstrated at will, whenever and wherever users need them. Digilocker supports a number of records, from class X mark sheets for users to their driving licenses.
Back in September 2019, Digilocker also became an official alternative to the physical Driving License card, enabling users to display their license through the app rather than the original card. Now, Digilocker could be a must-have for frequent foreign travelers who could use the software to prevent any passport-related problems abroad, with the inclusion of passports in the mix.
What all documents can be stored on Digilocker?
List Of Documents You Can Store On DigiLocker:
- According to digilocker.gov.in, DigiLocker has collaborated with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to make digital driving licenses (DL) and vehicle registration certificates (RC) open to people. Under the collaboration, DigiLocker interacts directly with the National Registry, which is the country-wide national driving license and vehicle registration data database. On both desktop computers and mobile devices, DigiLocker users can conveniently access their digital RC and DL.
- DigiLocker has also partnered with UIDAI to enable its digital Aadhaar card number to be accessed by people. In DigiLocker, Digital Aadhaar is the same as eAadhaar released by UIDAII (Unique Identification Authority of India). UIDAI is a DigiLocker wireless Aadhaar issuer, the official website of DigiLocker said.
- The cloud-based platform was also connected to CBSE to provide digital versions of the mark sheets for their students. 5.27 crore CBSE digital mark sheets and certificates for class 10 and class 12 from 2004-2017 is available on DigiLocker in a tweet posted by the official DigiLocker Twitter handle – @digilocker_ind. DigiLocker provides all CBSE students whose numbers are either registered or not registered with CBSE with access to digital mark sheets, DigiLocker said on its website.
- With DigiLocker, subscribers can also incorporate their Permanent Account Number (PAN). Users will now have quick access from the income tax department to their real-time PAN Verification record.
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