The Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Department (MMVD) wants to combat fake licenses.
The Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Department intends to issue new smart driving licenses with quick response (QR) codes to drivers in Maharashtra, India’s west-central province. The MMVD hopes that the QR code licenses will make it easier for officials to check if a license is genuine.
The QR code on the license can easily help officers identify drivers.
Last month in Mumbai – Maharashtra’s capital and the nation’s largest city – the city’s traffic police busted a fake driving license scam. The police stopped a speeding ambulance in Mahim, interrogated the driver, and recovered several fake driving licenses.
The MMVD believes that the smart driving licenses that will be issued will help officers to spot fake licenses with greater ease, thanks to the QR code.
Officers will simply need to scan the code, which will allow them to view the driver’s name, residential address, birth date, and blood group as well as the validity of the license and the types of vehicles the driver is permitted to drive.
“The QR codes can be scanned for a driver’s details using any QR code scanner application [from the play store],” said Shekhar Channe, transport commissioner of Maharashtra, according to an article in hindustantimes.
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The quick response code feature should help to ease the process for traffic police and officers of the Regional Transport Office (RTO), an MMVD official said.
The smart driving licenses will be issued to first time license holders and upon license renewal for exciting license holders.
Drivers in the province with existing licenses do not have to immediately make the switch to smart driving licenses. Their current license will be upgraded to the new license with the QR code when they apply for license renewal.
An MMVD official has said that the department is currently in the process of appointing a new service provider, a process which is expected to be completed by the end of this year (2019).
Once completed, the service provider will be required to start issuing the new smart driving licenses within three months from the date of when the contract was awarded.