E-governance centre to make getting a driving license easier

Maharashtra’s motor vehicle department (MVD) is in the process of acquiring a digital and cashless platform — much like those seen at passport offices — to register vehicles and issue driving licenses.

However, this move has worried those who do not have smart phones or an internet connection at home. So that such people do not have to resort to approaching agents and touts, officials said they can now avail for MVD’s new digital platforms at a lower cost and without any hassle at common service centre (CSC) set up across the state.

The MVD has signed an agreement of understanding with CSC e-governance Services India Limited a special purpose vehicle of the Union government, which makes easy RTO-related services — to build these centre.

The centre will be helpful to people by filling up the forms to obtain driving licenses or register their vehicles online. It will help them to make payments online.

The department has integrated the State Bank of India e-Pay and CST Wallet to its new upgraded versions of SARATHI and VAHAN, systems that were used as databases to register driving licenses and vehicles.

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has successfully upgraded, web-based versions of these systems, SARATHI 4.0 and VAHAN 4.0, in which, paying online and uploading documents is mandatory.

The MVD is in process of shifting to these systems at all regional transport offices (RTOs) across the state, and plans to do so by the end of the year.

The new systems are useful at two RTOs in Mumbai. “SARATHI 4.0 will be executed at the Wadala RTO in Mumbai on January 4,” said a senior MVD official.

A fee of Rs20 will be charged on those using the CSC and a receipt of the transaction will be generated.

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