Stop Queuing! Govt Rolls Out 18 Aadhaar-Authenticated Online RTO Services
Set to reduce the compliance burden on citizens, this move will also, hopefully, increase the efficiency of RTOs.
As many as 18 Regional Transport Office (RTO) services have been made online only by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Services such as availing of learner’s license, renewal of driving license (for which test of competence to drive is not required), among others can now be done entirely online using Aadhaar authentication.
This development comes after the ministry issued a draft notification on linking a person’s driving licence and certificate of registration with their Aadhaar number.
The Road Transport Ministry has stated through a tweet that anyone can get the benefit of these contactless services that can be availed of without going to their RTO.
According to the ministry, this will reduce compliance burden on citizens and will also “reduce the footfall in the RTO office, which will further increase efficiency of the RTO offices”
In its Official Gazette publication, the Road Transport Ministry states that an individual who desires to avail of any of the contactless services is required to undergo Aadhaar authentication.
Until he or she is assigned an Aadhaar number, the benefits of contactless services shall be given to such individual subject to the production of Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip.
Also, the ministry claims it will make all required arrangements to make these services known (through media and individual notices) to the public.
The notification came into effect on 3rd March 2021, the day the Official Gazette of the online RTO services was published.