It is being seen as a major reform as driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards and that too in a standard format across the nation.
The latest directive has been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The option of providing a paper or booklet based driving licence or the registration certificate has been done away with, as per the information from the ministry.
As per the new norms notified by the ministry, states have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Polycarbonate.”
The specifications for the cards are a high standard and would enable durable and quality cards, it added.
The Ministry also said that states can prescribe whether it should be a chip-based smart card or a card with contact-less features such as QR code.