From your driver’s license to your graduation certificate, there are plenty of documents that you don’t want to lose. The most significant ones are PAN card, voter ID, and all the academic certificates from school and college. That’s a huge amount of documents to manage and keep safe all the time for anyone. Hence, the government of India introduced an online digital locker service, DigiLocker in February 2015 with the help of Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
The main aim of DigiLocker is to provide an electronic storage for storing documents in electronic form to resident citizens of India. During its launch, only 10 MB storage space was available that has been furthermore increased to 1 GB now. It can be used for storing PAN cards, voter ID cards, etc. and also all types of academic certificate.
The objective is to minimize the physical use of documents, certification of e-documents and also to reduce the managerial expenses of government departments and agencies. You needed to provide both the Aadhar card number and the mobile number linked to it during the launch. But now the mobile number is alone enough to do the registration.
In addition to that, the Regional Transport Office can issue your driver’s license directly to your DigiLocker, so that if you need your license for any verification you can use an authenticated electronic version anytime.
DigiLocker has been one of the key initiatives within Digital India Programme.
HOW IT WORKS
Here’s the step-by-step process of uploading documents in DigiLocker:
Step 1: First of all, you need to create a DigiLocker account. It is compulsory to link the account with either a mobile number or your Aadhaar Card and after completing the registration process you can upload your documents from “My Certificates” section.
Step 2: A drop-down list will appear from the “My Certificates” tab. Choose the document which you want to upload, like PAN card, Voter ID Card, SSC Certificate, etc. from the list.
Step 3: Give a name for the document and fill in the details regarding the document that you are uploading
Step 4: Select the document which you want to upload from your device. The size of the file should not exceed 1 MB and it must be in jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, gif or bmp format.
Step 5: Provide a brief explanation of the document within 50 characters.
That will be enough to ensure the safety of your documents.
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