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DigiLocker - The future of Digital India! | Desi Tips

I am sure many of my fellow Indians may have heard about DigiLocker.

DigiLocker - The future of Digital India! | Desi Tips

It is a Pan India cloud storage service available to every Indian. It is a part of the Digital India initiative envisioned by our honourable prime minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji.

However, unlike traditional cloud storage services provided by private companies, the DigiLocker aims to achieve much more. It hopes to bring cloud storage access to everyone in the country and use it to allow people of India to go digital completely.

Even in its current form, the DigiLocker is a very useful service and a definitely useful step towards Digital India.

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How to Get a DigiLocker Account

Interested in getting a DigiLocker account after reading the benefits?

Well, if you are an Indian, you can easily sign up for an account. It is free for every Indian.

Just go to https://digilocker.gov.in and click on the Sign-Up button at the top.

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You will be asked to enter your mobile number. Enter it and click continue. You will receive an OTP. Enter it to verify. Then you can create either a username and password for login, or you can simply authenticate via Aadhaar and use it as your login id for the future as well.

Every DigiLocker account is provided with a 1 Gb free cloud storage. This may seem less, but considering it will be used to securely store documents, 1 GB is quite sufficient for now.

DigiLocker Uses

Let's talk about some use cases where DigiLocker has made inroads and is already making a difference.

No Need to carry Driving License

Thanks to DigiLocker, you can now carry a scanned/digital copy of your driver license when you head out on your vehicle the next time. You no longer have to carry a physical driving license.

Not only the driving license, but even your car registration and other papers can also be safely and securely stored in the DigiLocker and shown digitally to the traffic police when asked to through the DigiLocker app on your smartphone.

Gone are the days of facing Challan if you forgot your Driving license of vehicle papers.

According to the latest notification issued by the Ministry of  Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, All concerned authorities have been informed to start accepting the driving license and other vehicle documents stored in the DigiLocker.

However, it is only valid for DigiLocker. Don't expect to show the traffic police your documents from Google Drive and then escape penalty.

I believe, when you upload your documents to DigiLocker, the Government verifies them with its own records and hence they are considered valid.

Travel in Trains with Digital Id

Not just Road travel, DigiLocker now helps in train travel as well.

With the option of booking train tickets online, one had to carry a physical id proof while travelling to validate one's identity. But now, you can simply use your id stored in DigiLocker for the same. No need to remember to carry your Driving license or aadhaar.

According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, you can now show Aadhar card or Driving license stored on your Digilocker as proof of identity.

So next time you travel somewhere by train, no need to fumble around looking for your id document. Just open up the DigiLocker app on your smartphone and get verified.

Educational Certificates

Almost all major education boards of the country are now using DigiLocker to push out the educational certificates like pass certificate, migration certificate and mark sheets via DigiLocker.

The students don't physically need to visit any office to collect them. They can access them in their DigiLocker account.

Even when submitting them to the next educational/professional institution, they can simply share the digital certificates from their DigiLocker and they will be considered valid.

Health Insurance Policies and Other Documents

If you take life insurance or other medical policies from Government institutions like New India Assurance etc, you can opt to receive your policy letter and other documents in your DigiLocker. They will be valid as a physical letter and can be presented anytime anywhere.

Final Thoughts

As can be seen, the DigiLocker is another great step towards helping the citizens of India lead a more digital life.

In some of my previous articles, I have already shared some other amazing digital India initiatives like:
DigiLocker is another feather in the same cap. It allows users much more convenience and reduces the paperwork in our lives.

If you haven't yet created your DigiLocker account, create it today for free and enjoy the added convinence.

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