Citizens in Uttar Pradesh will be able to apply for smart card based driving licence online from January 9, according to a report by Times of India. The process will be similar to that of applying for a passport, the report adds.
According to the report, under the scheme citizens who want to apply for driving licence will take a prior online appointment with the RTO administration and reach there at the designated time. They will have to submit the online application form and required set of documents to the RTO and also submit their biometrics after which they will receive their smart card driving license (SCDL). The first SCDL will be issued to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav which will mark the start of the project.
The People will be allowed to take the online appointment for three different time slots. An exclusive time slot from 12:30 to 1:30 will be for women and senior citizens. Others can apply between 10:30 to 11:30 am and 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The first phase of the project will cover transport offices of ten districts - Lucknow, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Agra, Meerut, Jhansi, Allahabad, Barabanki, Varanasi and Aligarh. The remaining offices will be taken up in six successive phases whereby all transport offices will start issuance of these licences by April.
An online time-slot booking system will help the citizens to book a time slot online to visit the transport office for various licence related activities such as applying for learners’ licence, for permanent licence and also for renewal of their driving license.
The guidelines to obtain smart card licence are available on the website of the UP transport department (www.uptransport.org/scdl.html). These guidelines inform the citizens of all the necessary documents needed for applying for the SCDL and also the procedure to apply for the same. It also informs the citizens of the fee required for applying for SCDL.
RTO Lucknow started issuing driving licence using the software 'Sarathi' in June 2011. From January 9 onwards, Sarathi will start issuing smart cards for driving licenses. Smart cards will be tamper-proof as they will be a plastic card embedded with a microprocessor chip of 64KB memory. The chip will have all details about the holder of the driving licence.
The software will allow back-end automation of RTO and front-end computerization to enable issuing smart card driving licence. It will create a database for driving licence and it will also help generate reports on the same.