Smart Card Driving License

Conventionally, driving licences were only issued in the old book format with several pages of information. Often, with regular use, the pages of the booklet used to come apart and had to be stuck again. To make things better, modern driving licenses were issued in the form of a card that we were able to carry without any hassles. Now, smart card driving licences are slowly replacing the traditional card type driving licenses.

What is a Smart Card Driving License?

A Smart Card Driving License (SCDL) is a tamper-proof Driving License in form of a plastic card with an embedded microprocessor chip of 64 kb memory which will have all information about the DL-holder stored in it.

Though not applicable in all Indian states yet, this Smart Card DL is a far superior than the normal driving license as it holds the licence holder information on one single card. All the biometric data of the applicant like their blood group, thumb & fingerprint, retina scan, body markings, etc., are recorded on the smart card DL and is also held by the RTO / RTA office. For this purpose, the RTO department of each state (where these type of licences are issued), has special software installed that can read the embedded information in SCDL. The biggest advantage of this Smart Card DL is that one no longer has to constantly worry about the driving licence tearing, getting cut, getting wet, etc., making it easy to carry in one wallet itself. Another useful advantage of this Smart Card type DL is that it will help the transport department maintain and safe keep the data of licence holders, which can be helped to track and trace any defaulter with the help of their biometric data.

Advantages of a Smart Card Driving License

A smart card driving license is far superior than the normal driving license as it can hold information. Here are some of the benefits of smart card driving licenses that are going to steer the future.

  • The Smart Card Driving License will store all details of the holder including signature, photographs, biometrics and personal details. As these details will be held in electronic form readable only by special devices, there will be no way to tamper these details or fake identity.
  • The State Transport Departments that offer Smart Card Driving Licenses will also offer mobile hand - held terminals to traffic policemen who will be able to decode the information held by the card in a jiffy.
  • The information carried by the smart card including the date of issue can only be modified. Information carried by the Smart Card Driving License cannot be erased which provides for a permanent audit trial.
  • Smart Card Driving Licenses will prevent the issuance of fake registration certificates and bogus driving licenses.
  • The data in Smart Card Driving License is stored in an optical strip that is designed to prevent unauthorized access and tampering of data.
  • The Smart Card Driving Licenses are expected to positively impact road safety since the driving licenses cannot be tampered and all information will be recorded. It will also enhance efficiency in law enforcement.

Eligibility for Smart Card Driving License

The eligibility for getting a Smart Card Driving License is same as that of getting a conventional permanent driving license. For your reference, the eligibility criteria for getting a Smart Card Driving License is given below.

  • The applicant must be aged at least 18 years to apply for a Smart Card Driving License for motorcycles with gear & for motorcycles with an engine capacity exceeding 50 CC.
  • For motorcycles with gear and for motorcycles with an engine capacity of up to 50 CC, the candidate must be at least 16 years old to get a Smart Card Driving License. In case the applicant is aged less than 18 years, he must also obtain a letter of consent from parent or guardian.
  • The applicant must have at least completed 8th standard and must be at least 18 years old to get a Smart Card Driving License for commercial heavy vehicles and transport vehicles.

Form for Applying for Smart Card Driving Licence

The form for a smart card driving licence contains three parts:

  • The visual inspection zone: here, the applicant information such as name, address, date of birth, vehicle class and type and signature are to be entered in this section.
  • The machine readable zone: Here, the chip serial number and driving licence details such as date of issue, applicant name, issuing authority details and licence validity are to be entered in this section.
  • The Central Motor Vehicles Rules: endorsements, fines, disqualification and period 9if any), settlement review and date (if any) details are to be entered in this section.

Smart Card DL Fee

The smart card driver licence will be issued to applicants upon the payment of the application fee of Rs. 200.The applicant will have to make the payment at the time of submitting the documents and application form for Smart Card DL.

Documentation for Smart Card DL

When applying for a Smart Card Driving License, you must submit the documents given below. Keeping the necessary documents handy will not only speed up the Smart Card Driving License application process but will also make it hassle free. Here is a list of documents that you will require to get your SCDL.

  • Completely filled application form for Smart Card Driving License.
  • Medical Certificate - Form 1 A and 1 which is to be signed by a certified Government doctor (if applicable).
  • Application Fees
  • Copies of passport size photographs
  • Age Proof - any one document from the below given list:
    • 10th Class mark sheet
    • PAN Card
    • Transfer certificate from any school (with date of birth printed on it)
    • Birth Certificate
    • Passport
  • Address Proof - any one of the below given documents
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Passport
    • Ration Card
    • House Agreement
    • Recent utility bills (gas bill / electricity bill or telephone bill)
    • In case you reside in other city, you can submit a copy of recent utility bill plus the rental agreement as address proof. Alternatively, you can also get a letter from your employer stating that you reside in this city.

Online Process for getting a Smart Card Driving License

Thanks to the online facilities introduced by various state RTOs, the process of applying for a Smart Card Driving License has been simplified to a great extent. Here is a brief description of the process of applying for a Smart Card Driving License that can be used for reference.

  • Visit the transport department website for your state from where the online application form for Smart Card Driving License can be obtained . The required form must be downloaded and filled in correctly.
  • Find out the list of documents that you must attach with the application form for your profile. You can refer to the list of documents given in the previous section.
  • Refer to the table of fees and charges which will be outlined in the RTO website to find out how much you will be paying towards Smart Card Driving License.
  • You must visit the RTO in your area to apply for the Smart Card driving licence. You can also book an appointment online with the concerned RTO in your city/locality to get your smart card driving licence.
  • Once at the RTO office, you must first get your documents checked / verified by the concerned officer and then proceed to pay the fee at the counter. following this, you will be required to give your bio-metrics at the counter where your photograph, fingerprints, and other personal details will be recorded for the database. With the help of recent changes in the process, you can also verify the information being fed into the database for factual correctness. Applicants will be allowed to cross check the information which they have provided and can point out in case of any errors.
  • You must then take a driving test and successfully complete the test to get a Smart Card Driving License. The SCDL will be sent to the registered address via speed post.

Offline Process for getting a Smart Card Driving License

You can also get a Smart Card Driving License directly at the RTO without any hassles. Follow the steps given below to apply and get a Smart Card Driving License.

  • Check if your state has the Smart Card Driving License facility. It is relatively easy to convert your existing Driving License to Smart Card Driving License - all you have to do is visit the RTO, fill an application form, pay the fee and record your biometric details.
  • If you hold only a Learner License and if you are applying for a permanent Driving License, you must get the application form for Smart Card Driving License and fill it completely.
  • Attach photographs wherever necessary and also attach the supporting documents like address proof and age proof. Submit the application form and choose a slot to take your Driving test.
  • Be present at the venue on the date and time that you have selected to take your Driving License test. If you pass the test successfully, you biometric details like fingerprints, signature and photograph will be taken to be recorded in the Smart Card Driving License.
  • The Smart Card Driving License will be sent to the registered address via speed post.

FAQs on Smart Card DL

  1. I have a driving license that I got 5 years back. Is it mandatory for me to get my driving license converted to Smart Card Driving License type?

    No, it is not mandatory to get your driving license converted to Smart Card Driving License type. If you wish to get a SCDL, you can apply for it at the RTO.

  2. I wish to convert my existing driving license to Smart Card Driving License. What should I do?

    To convert your existing Driving license to Smart Card Driving License, visit the RTO which issued your Smart Card Driving License and submit an application for the same. You will be required to attach your valid driving license and pay the fee before you get your biometrics captured.

  3. I hold a valid Driving License and I am applying for a Smart Card Driving License. Will I be asked to take the driving test again in this case?

    No, if you hold a valid driving license, you can get it converted to Smart Card Driving License without having to take the driving test again.

  4. How do I know if the RTO in my city offers the Smart Card Driving License?

    You can enquire with the RTO to know if they are offering a Smart Card Driving License. Also, you can check the same on your State Transport department website.

  5. What is the validity period of Smart Card Driving License?

    The Smart Card Driving License is valid for a period of 20 years from the date of issue or until the holder attains the age of 50 years, whichever comes earlier. After the validity lapses, the holder can renew the Smart Card Driving License.

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News About Smart Card Driving Licence

  • Paperless, smart DLs soon in Kenya

    Smart Electronic Driving Licenses will soon be launched in Kenya by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in an effort to keep a watch on lawbreakers and negligent drivers.

    The electronic chip-based Smart License will contain relevant driver details. It is mandatory for all license holders to upgrade from the traditional license to the smart license in a phased manner.

    The NTSA has launched this initiative due to the rise in the number of road accidents and increasing number of reckless driving cases in Kenya. Smart licenses may help monitor and track down offenders.

    18 May 2017

  • Getting DLs will take longer as smart cards aren’t readily available

    Bangalore is running through a shortage of smart cards due to which RTOs around the city are running delaying the issue of smart driving license cards.

    Also, due to the lack of Smart Cards, even RC cards are also in short supply at present. To keep the issue from prolonging, the transport ministry has sent a notice to the leading smart card provider and has threatened to terminate the contract if they don’t provide a quick fix to the situation.Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy spoke to the media on the same and said that he has directed the commissioner to get the issue sorted at the earliest.

    4 May 2016

  • Panchkula All Set For Smart Driving Licences

    Panchkula will be the first district in Haryana to issue Smart Driving Licences and registration vehicles to applicants. In addition, the district will also begin a pilot project where the vehicle registration certificates will be made available to customers at the dealership itself.

    While the projects are yet to be launched, sources say this could happen as early as Friday, 10th February, pending state government approval.

    In light of the changes in registration certificate issuance, a training camp was held for vehicle dealers in the city using the ‘Vahan 4.0’ software. This software will eliminate the need for car buyers to visit a transport office for a registration certificate as the dealer will issue it on the spot.

    The dealer will have to input the registration number along with the buyer’s details, as all other information will be provided by the manufacturer.

    While transport officials are lauding such a move, car dealerships have advised rolling out the scheme in a phased manner to avoid errors.

    16 February 2016

  • State Transport Commissioner clarifies on Smart Card Driving License

    The State Transport Commissioner has clarified that the additional fee of Rs.200 for the proposed smart type of Driving Licence is being collected by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways directly and the laminated driving license that is being issued in the State has nano printing, hologram and other safety features.

    However, all those individuals who are applying for Duplicate Driving Licence under Section 34 of the Kerala Motor Vehicles Act will have to pay only the old fee. The Commissioner said that all anomalies would be cleared when applicants submit their applications online. The anomalies in the additional fee that is being collected for registering new vehicles, name change and others have been rectified. Additional fee for registration certificate renewal, driving license renewal and fitness certificate renewal would be levied from those who sought services after December 29th.

    09 February 2016

  • Access DL on Smartphones in India

    India has recently announced that it will allow motorcycle riders to store their vehicle related documents on smartphones. The drivers will now have a digital copy of their Driving License (DL) and Registration Certificates (RC). To store this information on their phones, individuals have to download the Digilocker app on their phones and link their phone numbers with their Aadhaar numbers. The police department has agreed to accept documents, if shown on smartphones. This historical step has been taken by the government to decrease the expenses related to administration and to streamline the government. The electronic license will make it easy and quick for the policemen to check the information.

    22 September 2016

  • Here is to Smart Card Driving License

    Is your driving license issued before the year 1999? If you still havent submitted it for renewal, please visit your nearest RTO at the earliest. The transport department has made it compulsory for all license holders to change their licenses to the latest smart card including all the biometric info. Every driving license given since 2008 is smart card-based. This is yet another noteworthy attempt to digitalize important citizen records according to a top transport department official. The department is anticipating to have the whole learners and driving license database transformed into an electronic format. Although the records of older licenses used even now, these paper licenses don't have much info compared to the cards. With over three lacs licenses being issued on a yearly basis, this was a much needed step. As of now, only driving licenses, road permits, road tax dues and certain other procedures have been digitalized.

    15 March 2016

  • Here is to Smart Card Driving License

    Is your driving license issued before the year 1999? If you still havent submitted it for renewal, please visit your nearest RTO at the earliest. The transport department has made it compulsory for all license holders to change their licenses to the latest smart card including all the biometric info. Every driving license given since 2008 is smart card-based. This is yet another noteworthy attempt to digitalize important citizen records according to a top transport department official. The department is anticipating to have the whole learners and driving license database transformed into an electronic format. Although the records of older licenses used even now, these paper licenses don't have much info compared to the cards. With over three lacs licenses being issued on a yearly basis, this was a much needed step. As of now, only driving licenses, road permits, road tax dues and certain other procedures have been digitalized.

    15 March 2016

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