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delhi: Delhi will soon have driving licenses with QR codes

The Delhi government has announced that it will soon issue QR code-based smart cards for driver’s licenses and registration certificates to facilitate access.

“The new driver’s license will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC), and the new RC will have the owner’s name printed on the front while the electronic chip and QR code would be embedded on the back of the card,” a government statement said on Wednesday.

He said the chips embedded in current cards are creating problems as enough chip-reading machines were available from both the Delhi traffic police and the enforcement wing of the transport department. Also, the chips were not easy to read because they were designed and implemented by the states involved.

QR-based smart cards will connect with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations, the government said.

It will also be a security feature with the department able to retain driver’s license holder records in the Vahan database when the card is confiscated.

“The new DLs will also help the government maintain records of drivers with different abilities, all vehicle modifications, emission standards and the declaration of the person donating their organs,” the statement said.

The government said the move was aimed at making Delhi a “hub of governance innovation”.