National database for driving licences, registrations created

National database for driving licences, registrations created
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Duplication of licences to be weeded out

New Delhi: A National Database has been created on driving licenses and vehicle registration, which will help instant verification of licences and identify duplication, Minister of State, Road Transport & Highways, Mansukh L Mandaviya, informed the Rajya Sabha Monday.
NIC has been entrusted with the design, development, computerization roll-out and maintenance of the VAHAN for vehicle registration and SARATHI for issuing of driving licence project across all the states and union territories. Subsequently to consolidate the database, State Register (SR) for all the states and National Register (NR) were established. Almost all the sites in 36 States/Union Territory Administrations are connected. More than 25 crore vehicle records and 15 crore driving license records are available in National Register repository, the minister informed.
State transport departments and enforcement agencies have been provided access to data on National Register to facilitate instant verification of all driving licenses (DLs)/ Registration Certificate (RCs).
The SARATHI-4 application for driving license processing, which is a web based online application, is currently operational in 28 States/UTs across the country. It has a built-in facility to identify duplicate driving licenses. The SARATHI-4 application can identify duplicates on the basis of certain combination of available personal parameters. When any such license having duplicates is taken up for any transaction, the officials can view all these related records and take appropriate actions like cancelling or clubbing of duplicate licenses. The State RTO’s are already using this facility to de-duplicate Driving License records.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed by Lok Sabha and presently in Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing, provides for centralised register of driving licences. This will further help to carry reforms in the driving licence testing process and eliminating the duplicate licences, the minister said.