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Around 17 Lakhs Duplicate Driving Licenses across the Country: National Informatics Centre

Kingson Chingakham



Answering to the question raised by the Rajya Sabha Member Shrimati Vijila Sathyananth about the cases of duplicate driving licenses, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya said  that as per an analysis done by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in January, 2015 on National Register for Driving Licenses, it was found that there is a possibility of duplicate licenses (same person having multiple licenses).

Out of total 6,70,16,851 Driving Licenses records available as on January 5, 2015, 16,72,138 records were found to be possible duplicates spread over 7,99,923 clusters. As per this analysis, the percentage of probable duplicates is approximately 2.5% of the total licenses at that time. This information with details of duplicate records was shared with respective states for information and further action. The probability of increase in the Duplicate driving licenses is high considering the data presented is nearly four years old.

National Database on Driving Licenses and Vehicle registration has already been created. 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 Territory Administrations.

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. State Transport Departments and enforcement agencies have been provided access to data on National Register to facilitate instant verification of all driving licenses/ Registration Certificate.

The SARATHI-4 application of the NIC for Driving License processing which is a web based online application is currently operational in 28 States/UTs across the country 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.

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