No driving licence, vehicle registration? Here’s how to avoid paying hefty fine


What would you do if don’t have your driving licence or a copy of your vehicle registration and you bump into a traffic police officer? The police may penalise you or detain your vehicle if you don’t have a driving licence or a registration certificate for your vehicle, but not if you are carrying electronic copies of them.

Vehicle owners do not need to carry physical copies of their driving licences (DL) and registration certificates (RC) since the Union transport ministry, last year, asked states to facilitate acceptance of driving licence and other documents including vehicle registration certificates in electronic format.

Driving licences and vehicle registration certificates can be produced through mobile apps such as DigiLocker and mParivahan.

This would not only save you from the apparent hard work of carrying the hard copies of your driving licence and vehicle registration certificate, carrying documents in apps like DigiLocker and mParivahan also helps you in avoiding the hefty amount of fines imposed for not carrying the documents.

You may have heard of the hefty amount some vehicle owners have been charged under the newly amended Motor Vehicles Act.

Anyway, this is how you can save the electronic copies of your documents on DigiLocker and mParivahan apps:


If you’re looking to store your driving licences or vehicle registration documents in the DigiLocker app, install the DigiLocker app from either Google Playstore or iOS App Store.

Once you have installed the application, enter your details and log in to the application using an OTP-based verification process. If you already have an account, sign in.

Once all the verification process is done, you can upload and store a picture of your licence or vehicle registration certificate on the application interface.


mParivahan application is a government app for all-India RTO vehicle registration number search. Those looking to store their documents on the mParivahan app, install the app from either the Google Play Store or iOS App Store to search your RC and DL details.

You can search for any vehicle registration certificate or a driving licence after putting in the details at the top of the app.

If you want to save your documents on the mParivahan app, you will have to register yourself. If you have registered, go to the user section and sign in. To sign in, enter your mobile number and click on “login”. You will again receive an OTP for the same.

If you have not registered, enter your mobile number to register yourself. You will receive an OTP for verification.

To save the documents, go to “My RC” section, enter your registration number and click on the search button. It will then ask you to enter the last four digits of your challan number and the engine number of your vehicle.

Enter all the details and click on “Verify and Get Details”. You will be able to see your details on the dashboard.

To save your driving licence, go to the “My DL” section and enter your driving licence number and date of birth which is mentioned in your DL.

The app will then fetch your driving licence details and save its digital copy.

And this is how you can get away from a hefty fine!

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