How to keep the driver's license on your smartphone and download an electronic copy

You can keep your driver's license on your smartphone or download its electronic copy instead of physically carrying it. The government has provided an option to help you keep your driver's license registered on your phone or get its electronic copy through DigiLocker or the mParivahan app. This is especially useful if you forget to carry the physical copy of your driver's license. In addition, keeping your driver's license stored on your smartphone helps prevent its hard copy from getting lost or stolen.

In 2018, the government passed a notice for states to accept driver's license and vehicle registration stored in DigiLocker and the mParivahan app. This decision was intended to eliminate the need to carry physical versions of documents while driving.

Here's how to keep the driver's license on your smartphone or download its electronic copy.

How to keep your driver's license on your smartphone or download its electronic copy

Before you begin, it is important to point out that you must have an account on DigiLocker. You can register on DigiLocker using your phone number and Aadhaar card.

  1. Visit the DigiLocker site and log in with your username and six-digit PIN. You will then receive a one-time password (OTP) on your registered phone.

  2. Once logged in, click on the Obtain the issued documents button.

  3. Now search for the term "driver's license" in the search bar.

  4. Select the state government from where you obtained your driver's license. You can also select the All states option.

  5. Enter your driver's license number and press the Obtain the document button. Be sure to click the checkbox to give your consent to DigLocker to share your data with the issuer before continuing.

  6. DigiLocker will now collect your driver's license from the transport department.

  7. You can now consult your driver's license by accessing the Documents issued listing.

  8. The driver's license can be downloaded as an electronic copy by clicking on the PDF button.

  9. You can also get it on your smartphone by downloading the DigiLocker app.

If you don't want to register with DigiLocker and are looking for an alternative, you can download the mParivahan app from Google Play or Apple's App Store and register there. Once registered, you will find your driver's license under the DL Dashboard tab.

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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, in New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360 and has written frequently on applications, computer security, internet services, and telecommunications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @ JagmeetS13 or by email at Please send your leads and advice. Following

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