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Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has decided to modify the format of driving licenses to smart card type driving licences so as to follow a standardised format nationwide. Around 30 % of Indians drive with fake or bogus licenses.

Police reports in just of Delhi NCR region suggests that, cases of underage driving have jumped to 589 % and in Ist 15 days of January 2019,61 unpermitted juvenile cases were registered and issued with challans.

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A report from Nissan India and road safety NGO SaveLIFE Foundation highlighted worrying part of underage driving.

Ministry’s move to this new format is expected to curb this situation to some extent.

Challenges & Implementation

  • The current format of driving licenses to be modified to laminated card without chip or smart card type driving licences and include nationwide standardised format of placement of information, standardization of fonts etc.

  • The RTOs (Regional Transport Offices) should issue a uniform format of driving licenses across nation using a universal smart card driving license format.

  • Also the Pan India Licence format will be implemented through MoRTH’s flagship application called SARATHI (for Driving License).


  • The NIC (National Informatics Centre) has developed this application.

  • It contains a common countrywide database of all driving license holders.

  • Almost 15 crore driving licenses records being available in its central repository which is a part of National Repository.

  • SARATHI has a unique feature to identify duplicate records in real time online basis.

  • It can access information about challans if any, this then facilitates licencing authority that offender drivers do not get a duplicate driving licence.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 29, 2019

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