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Aadhaar-driving licence linking: What you need to know
India Today, January 07, 2019

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday (January 6) announced that the government would soon make it mandatory to link driving licence with Aadhaar card. The proposal was announced by the law minister days after the Aadhaar amendment bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Prasad said a law will soon be introduced for mandatory linking of Aadhaar card and driving licence.

At a time when linking Aadhaar with personal documents has been subject to severe criticism, here are a few key points you need to know about the new proposed law:

Avoiding duplication

One of the key reasons behind the government’s intention to link driving licence with Aadhaar card is to crack down on illegal duplication of licences. At present, it is easy to get duplicate licences by approaching different Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). This is a reason of concern for the government as many people misuse the document.

Better identification

The government claims that the move will help immensely in identifying licence holders. For instance, a person guilty of committing an accident often flees the scene and gets another duplicate licence. However, linking Aadhaar with driving licence will allow easy identification in such cases.

"With the Aadhaar linkage you can change your name but you cannot change your biometrics, iris or fingerprints," said Prasad. The moment one goes to get a duplicate licence, the system will clearly inform authorities to not issue another driving licence to the person.

Payment of fines

Having Aadhaar linked to driving licence will also ensure that people pay fines issued under their name. As of now, many people either avoid paying the penalties for long durations or just get a new licence made if the fine amount is too high. Linking of Aadhaar with driving licence will also help in solving such instances.

How to link

While the government plans to introduce a law to make Aadhaar-driving licence linking mandatory, individuals can do it voluntarily by visiting your state or UT RTO.

Once on the website, you have to select the link Aadhaar’ option. After that, you have to enter your driving licence number and click on get details’.

Once your details are displayed on the screen, enter the 12-digit Aadhaar number along with linked mobile number. Once done, click on submit to complete the process. A confirmation text will be sent to your mobile number.

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