The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has reportedly issued a unified driving and vehicle registration norm in India. The new driving license and vehicle registration norm will be effective from 1 October 2019. As per revised norms, the driving license and the vehicle registration card will be standard across all states in India. This means, documents will have the same appearance and security features across the country. MoRTH has issued the new norms in an effort to have a central online database for all vehicles and drivers.
The driving license will have a QR code feature will help keep a record of the driver’s data and penalties for a period of up to 10 years. This will help traffic officials with tracking devices to catch hold of repeat offenders. It is believed that the driving license will also get the near field communication (NFC) feature via an embedded chip by the state government. Apart from past offences, the card will also contain information like physical disability and modification done to the vehicle to meet their needs. The better quality and technologically advanced cards will also have an emergency contact number at the back.
The new registration card will have details like fuel type, chassis/engine number, emissions and owner details mentioned upfront. Moreover, the registration card will also have a similar format like the driving license, with the chip being on the front side and the QR Code on the other side.