How often has it happened to you that you need to submit documents for important process and you forgot to bring one document that would complete the process and you wished you can get that document instantly?
Quite often; especially when it comes to applying for opening a bank account or getting a gas cylinder connection or a new mobile number.
In order to solve this problem, government of India has started a service called Digital Locker which is a part of Digital India initiative started by it. It is your online document storage space; especially documents like passport, pan card, Aadhar card, educational certifications and many more.
All these documents will be scanned copies that will be present in your account. You can download and print these documents as & when required for submission.
What is Digital Locker?
Digital Locker provides a dedicated personal storage space in the cloud to citizens, linked to citizen’s Aadhar number. Digital Locker will reduce the administrative overhead of government departments and agencies created due to paper work.
It will also make it easy for the residents to receive services by saving time and effort as their documents will now be available anytime, anywhere and can be shared electronically.
It will help citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates. Objective is to anytime, anywhere access to the documents by the resident.
Why Digital Locker?
Digital Locker will provide secure access to government-issued documents. It uses authenticity services provided by Aadhar. It is aimed at eliminating the use of physical documents and enables sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies.
Instead, the records will be stored in a digital format and can be accessed using Aadhar numbers and another level of authentication. As a citizen you can either upload scanned copies, which, if required, can be digitally signed.
The objective is to Enable e-Signing of documents and make them available electronically and online to minimize the use of physical documents.
You can also store all your government issued e-documents in digital locker. These electronic e-documents are uploaded by issuers, government issued e-documents.
These electronic e-documents are uploaded by issuers, government departments or agencies such as CBSE, registrar office, income tax department, etc., in a standard XML format that is compliant to digital locker technical specifications.
Right now, you’ll only get 10 MB of free space, which will be later increased to 1 GB.
How to Create Digital Locker Account?
• Login Using Aadhar:
In order to sign up for Digital Locker, a resident should have his/her Aadhar number. Before signing up for a Digital Locker, it is necessary that your mobile number is linked to your Aadhar number in the UIDAI system.
Once you have it ready visit the site: https://digilocker.gov.in/ . On the homepage click on the blue colored “Sign-up” page
Once you click on it, you will be asked to enter your mobile number.
Once you enter the mobile number, you will see the following screen.
You will receive an OTP on your mobile phone. Once received, enter this OTP in the form.
You will then be taken to the following screen where you can create a new account.
Once you enter the username and password, your account will be created.
• Secure Login using OTP:
You will be then taken to a new screen (as shown in the image below) where you will see your newly created account where you will be asked to enter your Aadhar card number. Enter your Aadhar card number.
Enter your Aadhar number on the login field. A One Time Password (OTP) will be sent on your UIDAI registered mobile number. Enter the OTP in the field and an e-Know Your Customer (e-KYC) will be done with UIDAI.
• Upload Document:
Once e-KYC is successful, residents can view the URIs of e-Documents which have been uploaded into the Digital Locker by various issuers. Resident can also upload e-documents in their Digital Locker and e-Sign them.
• Share Document:
Residents can share private documents by sharing a link to the e-Document to the email address of the requester.
The Digital Locker service is helpful to both citizens and government agencies as it would minimize the reproduction of physical certificates which are difficult to establish authenticity of the provided document.
Also certifying agency i.e. agency or department which issues certificates like Birth and Death certificates, licenses etc. to citizens could upload the certificates on digital locker of citizens.
DIGI- Locker initiative is clear indication that the government wants to take most documentation virtual, thus saving money and resources. The move can clearly reduce administrative overheads, time and space of Pune Municipal Corporation in future.
Also it would provide great convenience to citizens where one department requests certificates for verification purpose issued by other department under Central Government /State Government /ULBs.
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