Aadhar is a biometric identification system program initiated by the government of India to provide a document (an Aadhar Card) that serves as a proof of address and identification for the citizens of the country. Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The purpose of this biometric identification system is to have all information about an individual from various sectors and domains condensed on a single platform. This makes data retrieval and security easier, since the Aadhar number is unique for each individual. From your bank account to your insurance policies, you can link your Aadhar card to serve as valid proof of identification. You can also link your Aadhar card with your driving licence. Even though it is not a mandatory requirement yet, it is still a good idea to link your driving licence with your Aadhar card in a few simple steps.
The government of India has been moving ahead at a fast pace towards digitising all sorts of official procedures. One example that is well known to vehicle owners in the country is the Parivahan Sewa portal, created by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). Through this portal, instead of standing in long queues, people can now pay and do an e-challan status check online, renew their vehicular documents and know all transportation information at their fingertips. In a similar fashion, the government has also made it quite simple to link your Aadhar card with your driving licence online. To do so, you must follow the below mentioned steps:
Step 1: Visit the road transport department website of your state
Step 2: Click on the ‘Link Aadhar’ option
Step 3: On the drop down menu, select ‘Driving Licence’
Step 4: Enter your driving licence number and click on ‘Get Details’
Step 5: Enter your 12-digit Aadhar number and your registered mobile number with your Aadhar and click ‘Submit’
Step 6: Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number
Once you enter the OPT that you have received on your registered mobile number, the process of linking your Aadhar card to your driving licence will be completed. The government of India has long been contemplating making it mandatory by law to have your Aadhar card linked with your driving licence. A single valid driving licence is required to be able to drive a vehicle on the roads of all states and union territories of India. However, the authorities have been coming across instances wherein a person has more than one driving licence under their name, which is illegal by law. Hence, by linking the Aadhar card with the person’s driving licence, duplicate licences can be easily found and controlled. Moreover, the authorities will also be able to verify vehicle details with the correct RTO vehicle information available via the Aadhar card. Once the linking of Aadhar card to driving licence becomes mandatory, the government is also proposing a system where licences that have not linked with Aadhar before the stipulated deadline will automatically be deactivated.