DigiLocker is a secure cloud based platform for storing, sharing and verifying documents and certificates. DigiLocker targeted the idea of paperless governance, thus eliminating the need for physical documents. Individuals and organizations, who register with the Digi Locker, can upload copies of important documents and certificates into their respective DigiLocker accounts. Individuals registering with DigiLocker get a cloud storage space by linking their accounts with Aadhaar number.
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Carrying documents on person can be risky. DigiLocker helps users to carry important documents in the form of soft copies while travelling or during admission procedures. Listed below are some of the key features of DigiLocker platform:
DigiLocker is a digital platform where the contents are stored on cloud. To open an account with this system, you need to visit the official website DigiLocker.gov.in. The account can be accessed both through PC and android app. DigiLocker can be accessed only if you have an Aadhaar card. The Aadhaar card can be used to sign in to the app. An OTP will be sent to the mobile number registered with the Aadhaar. In case of non-availability of Aadhaar, you can authenticate from mobile number and submit proof of address/identity documents for verification. Currently only 10 MB of space is available which will be upgraded to 1 GB in the future.
To register with DigiLocker, the users must have an Aadhaar Card. individuals using DigiLocker for the first time, must register with Digi Locker through the website or app. Digital locker can be accessed through Google play or apple iTunes.
Registering with DigiLocker is easy. You just need to have the mobile number that is registered with your Aadhaar. A one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the registered mobile number. The OTP, along with the Aadhaar card number, would have to be used for the log-in to create the user ID. For subsequent use, the users can set their own password or link the account to Facebook or Google logins.
In DigiLocker, there are two types of official records. Issued documents are those that are directly stored in the account by government departments, where they are registered. A number of documents can be downloaded in the account like Aadhaar, PAN, vehicle registration number, driving license, LPG connection subscription vouchers, school certificates and so on. Uploaded documents on the other hand, can be added manually by the users, like driving license, LPG connection vouchers, school certificates, tax documents and so on.
DigiLocker solves the problem of carrying physical documents. There are other advantages as well. Let’s take a look at them:
The use of digital platform will bring down the cost of services provided by the government. It will consequently reduce staff requirements and operational costs, and will help regularize and bring down government expenditure. Therefore, signing up for digital locker systems will help the government reduce the cost of providing services and reduce fiscal deficit.
Availing services like applying for PAN card or passport or making investments requires submission of documents. After the submission of documents, it takes a long time to get the documents verified and approved. With DigiLocker, the documents are submitted easily and instantly reducing the operating time to avail services. It also reduces the hassle of submitting physical copies of documents.
The documents are stored online and therefore the chances of theft or loss are negligible. As the DigiLocker is launched by the Union Government under the Digital India scheme, there is a Sovereign Guarantee thus eliminating the risks of hacking. Documents can be shared in a safe and secure manner. However, you must never access this app through other people’s computers or a public Wi-Fi hotspot, to make sure the entire process goes on without a hitch.
DigiLocker facilitates the signing of documents online, by using the features of e-sign which is similar to self attestation of documents. It helps in expediting applications and transactions. You can access the documents, e-sign and submit for a quick settlement. It replaces the need of a physical signature and the facility can be availed free of cost.
An individual can access the documents, whenever in need. You do not need to carry physical documents. Thus DigiLocker brings convenience by storing the files in cloud that make it convenient to access documents on the move.
DigiLocker is an initiative taken by the government. The services can be availed free of cost. You do not need to pay any money to open a DigiLocker account. DigiLocker can be accessed from the Umang app too. Not just opening an account, but also accessing and sharing of documents is free.
It is important to note that this system may undergo changes based on the feedback from the general public. At present, the authentication of the account is based on the Aadhaar card and mobile number verification. Cloud storage along with Aadhaar based digital authentication, can change the way Government services are delivered today.
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Who are the key stakeholders in the DigiLocker system?
DigiLocker system contains three stake holders- the issuer, the requester and a resident. The issuer releases electronic documents to individuals in a standard format and make them electronically available. The requester secures access to a particular e-document, stored within a repository. The resident is the user who uses the DigiLocker service based on Aadhaar card authentication.
What are the main technology components of the DigiLocker system?
The technology components that DigiLocker includes are:
What is the sign-up and sign-in procedure for DigiLocker? Can I link my Google or Facebook to DigiLocker?
To gain access to a DigiLocker account, it is compulsory for users to link the Aadhaar number for the sign up process. The OTP generated will be sent to the user’s registered mobile number. For log-ins thereafter, a user can set a password of their choice. A user can also choose to link their Facebook or Google account for logins.
Can an NRI (Non Resident Indian) sign up using a foreign mobile number?
No, it is not possible. An individual can only register for DigiLocker using an Indian mobile number.
. Once I sign-up for DigiLocker, How can I get my eAadhaar linked with my account?
Follow the steps to link DigiLocker to eAadhaar:
Is DigiLocker only accessible through a web browser? What platforms is it available on?
DigiLocker can be accessed through both web and mobile. Individuals using DigiLocker for the first time need to register with DigiLocker through the website or app. Digital locker can be accessed through Google play or Apple I tunes.
Does DigiLocker have a Mobile App?
At present, DigiLocker app is available only on android in the Google play store. The app will soon be made available on IOS too.
What are the rules and amendments to use DigiLocker?
The rules to use the DigiLocker are mentioned on a notification document released by the ministry of communication and information technology. The first 8 pages contain the guidelines in Hindi. Thereafter, it is continued in English. The documents contain 17 pages in total and the last 3 pages contain miscellaneous information, both in Hindi and in English.
How do I upload and e-sign documents on DigiLocker?
Registering with DigiLocker is really easy. You just need to have the mobile number that is registered with your Aadhaar. Documents can be added/ uploaded manually by the users, like driving license, LPG connection vouchers, school certificates, tax documents and so on. DigiLocker facilitates signing of documents online, by using the e-sign feature, which is similar to self attestation of documents.
How do I get documents issued on DigiLocker?
DigiLocker is directly integrated with the National Register, which is the national database for keeping and maintaining data on driving license and vehicle registration across the country. Therefore, the users of DigiLocker, will be able to access their digital driving license and digital RC through the mobile or websites while on the move.
What is DigiLocker integration with Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). What are the benefits of this integration for citizens?
DigiLocker has partnered with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Under this partnership, digilocker is making available digital driving license and vehicle registration certificates to Indian citizens while on the move.
The benefits of this integration are:
What is the process of getting my digital DL (driving license) and RC (registration certificate) in DigiLocker?
Follow the below mentioned steps to get the DL and RC from DigiLocker:
How can a CBSE Class XII student get access to their digital mark sheet on DigiLocker?
DigiLocker has partnered with CBSE for issuing digital mark sheets to 2016 Class XII students. Students who have registered their mobile number with CBSE would receive their DigiLocker account credentials through SMS, while those who don't have their mobiles registered with CBSE, would need to create a DigiLocker account with their mobile number, sync it with their Aadhaar number and then pull their mark sheet from the CBSE databases.
What is the maximum allowed file size that can be uploaded?
Maximum allowed file size is 10MB
What type of files can be uploaded?
File types that can be uploaded are PDF, JPEG & PNG.
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