Aadhaar card is now slowly inching towards being the all-important proof of identity for every citizen of India. The Government of India has now announced that it is planning to link the Aadhaar card with the driving license of every holder. The Centre is currently reviewing the plan and will soon be introducing it.
The Union Minister for Law and Justice and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has said that this move is being taken to stop people from having multiple driving licenses under one single name. Presently, many people have multiple driving licenses in their name, which they use to break the law. If one license is suspended, they use the other one as a backup.
At the 2017 Digital Haryana Summit, the minister has elaborated more on this issue saying that Aadhaar is considered to be a digital identity of a person and not his/her physical identity. Hence, digital identity best confirms physical identity. The recent mandate of linking Aadhaar with PAN was one such measure to curb money laundering.
Not very long time back, the Central Government had directed all the states of India to make Aadhaar card a mandatory proof of identity while applying for a driving license. There are yet no announcements by the Centre or the State on when this rule will be implemented. With this rule on the verge of being implemented, the NIC (National Informatics Centre) has created a database which can be accessed by any RTO official in order to check whether the applicant already has a driving license in any other state or not.
As per the data that the Government has, there are more than 18 crore driving licenses issued in India now, out of which, as the body suspects, many are fraudulent.