People with chip-based driving licenses might face difficulty from July 1, 2019, as the same could become invalid after next six months. As per a report from News18, a new format of driving licenses will be issued from July 1 next year. The new format of the licenses will be uniform across the country, wherein all states and union territories will get the same driving licenses. The report also highlighted that the new driving license would carry a QR code along with a chip.
The new format of the license will not only carry information on the card, but also will include information regarding the driver and the vehicle. The microchip will be similar to the one that we have seen on ATM cards, and this feature will assist the traffic police to get all the information from the card. Moreover, the QR code on the license will also contain all the information such as pollution levels, insurance and other vital details. Additionally, the traffic police will be able to scan this QR code based license from an Android mobile itself. However, the chip-based license requires a specific machine to scan the license.
It is also reported that the QR code-based driving license will carry more than 50 types of information about the driver. These will include Name of the vehicle owner, name, address, date of birth, educational qualification, identification, mobile number, type of vehicle, date of issue, validity and much more. To be equipped with the NFC system, the new format of the driving license will benefit the traffic police as the chip-based license isn’t offering much help to the department.
The officials said that it is clear that the new driving licenses will come into effect as it is already specified in the Gazette. Currently, chip-based licenses are being issued, and they will become invalid once the new QR code format is rolled out. However, there is no clear information regarding the fees as well, or it will be replaced without any charges, it is not yet clear.