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Monday, May 12, 2014

Now Get Driving Licence at Your Door Step

The State Transport Department has tied up with Postal Department to begin home delivery of driving licence and vehicle registration papers within a fortnight.
The department was contemplating to introduce the measure for past few months. The objective is to tackle the issue of fake addresses besides providing service to the applicants.
The applicants can now avoid long queues to get their driving licences. The new system will be introduced across all Regional Transport Offices (RTO) of the State within a stipulated time. In addition to the Postal department, the Transport department has also tied up with smart card manufacturing company- Smart Chip Limited.
Under the new scheme, the driving licence and vehicle registration papers will be dispatched on the address provided by the applicant from Regional Transport Office (RTO) through India Post. Sources said the recipient will have to pay about `20 as postal charge.
If the applicant is not present at the provided address at the time of delivery, the papers will be returned to the RTO. Postal department officials will leave a message to the applicant notifying about the failed delivery.
After the first failed delivery, the applicant has the option to retrieve his licence and papers from the RTO in person. If the individual does not collect it manually, then the respective RTO will dispatch the papers for the last time, failing which, the driving licence or vehicle registration papers will be nullified with immediate effect.
Under the existing mechanism, the applicant for both documents, has to visit the RTO to get them. Currently, about 300 driving licence and more than 500 vehicle registration papers are issued every day at Bhubaneswar RTO. The new move is expected to lessen the burden on the RTOs across the State by reducing footfall.
Besides, the learner’s licence will also be made available online, in Bhubaneswar from May 19 and across the State from May 26.
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