Get driver’s li­cence on­line from next yr

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Kailash Korde ht­[email protected]­dus­tan­

No more te­dious pa­per­work, no more get­ting fleeced by touts, as the state is all set to take the process of get­ting a driver’s li­cence on­line.

By the end of Fe­bru­ary 2017, the mo­tor ve­hi­cles depart­ment is look­ing to mi­grate to web­based sys­tems VAHAN 4.0 and SARATHI 4.0 that will al­low cit­i­zens to ap­ply for a li­cence, book a date for the test and even make the pay­ment on­line.

The sys­tems will also be used to reg­is­ter ve­hi­cles and trans­fer them, at all 50 RTOs in the state.

De­vel­oped by the Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­ter (NIC), VAHAN and SARATHI have been used for ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion and is­su­ing driv­ing li­cences since 2007.

Two RTO of­fices in Mum­bai — Tardeo and Wadala —mi­grated to an up­graded ver­sion of VAHAN this week af­ter a month­long trial of the sys­tem at the Vashi and Au­rang­bad RTOs.

Fol­low­ing tri­als of the new ver­sion of SARATHI at Kol­ha­pur, the trans­port depart­ment said it is ready to im­ple­ment it at other RTOs in the state.

Sources said it will first be in­stalled at Wadala and Pan­vel.

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