Soon, learner’s driving license will be available online in UP
Acquiring a learner’s driving license is likely to become convenient in Uttar Pradesh from next month with the state transport department deciding to move the entire process, including submission of application, verification, conduct of test and printing of learner’s license, online. It is expected to save time applicants spend visiting the regional transport offices (RTOs) and make the process transparent while reducing footfall at RTOs.
“Candidates will be required to submit their Aadhaar details online, after which we will cross-verify their credentials such as age, address, photo etc with the help of the Aadhaar database. Their application will be processed further, if the details are found to be correct,” he explained.
Around three million learner’s licenses are issued in Uttar Pradesh every year and the new Aadhaar-authenticated system to award learning driving licenses is part of UP transport department’s recent initiative to move 17 similar services online, with an aim to achieve greater efficiency and reducing physical contact.
Under the new system, candidates will have to upload all the necessary documents online and will be able to download the license after passing the test, which will also be conducted online.
“We have asked the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to make necessary changes in the Sarthi software to make it possible for the RTOs to conduct online tests for issuing learner’s DLs,” said Dheeraj Sahu, Uttar Pradesh transport commissioner.
Sahu said the department will also introduce a ‘first in, first out’ system to ensure applications are dealt with in a sequential manner with the staff having no discretion to favour anyone. He added that a random verification of credentials of applicants will also be done to check if any procedures have been bypassed.
Other transport department services that are either completely online in Uttar Pradesh or under implementation, include renewal of DL, issuance of duplicate DL, certificate of registration (RC), duplicate RC, application for temporary registration of motor vehicles, endorsement of hire-purchase agreement and termination of hire-purchase agreement.
“Making issuance of learner’s DL completely online was a bit of a complicated task as it required RTOs to conduct an objective-type written test for candidates. Now, the NIC is making software changes to make online tests possible in a transparent manner,” another official said, underlining the achievement.