Have you ever had trouble storing all your documents in one place at home, and in finding that elusive certificate or paperwork exactly when it was needed? Most people have, and with the DigiLocker initiative, the government of India seeks to make access to vital documentation easier for citizens.
This is a flagship initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Electronics & IT under the Digital India program in the country. It helps citizens store and access important documents anywhere, at any time. The documents in your DigiLocker account are legally equivalent to the physical originals.
You can even download the DigiLocker app on your phone to make the whole process more convenient.
Signing up for the DigiLocker facility is fairly simple and hassle-free. You just need to follow the steps mentioned below to sign up for this and create your DigiLocker account.
Step 1: Visit the DigiLocker website at digitallocker.gov.in
Step 2: Click on the ‘Sign Up’ option.
Step 3: Enter the details needed, like your full name, date of birth, gender, phone number, PIN, email ID and Aadhaar number.
Step 4: Submit these details to create your account.
Once your account is created, you can use your username and password to log in, or you can use your Aadhaar number and OTP.
When you travel via trains in India, you will have to show a proof of identity to confirm that you are the person who booked the ticket in question.
Now, you can use the documents in your digital locker, such as your DigiLocker Aadhaar or your driving licence as an ID proof when you are traveling by train.
However, bear in mind that only the digital copies taken from the ‘Issued Documents’ section in the app are valid. Those taken from the ‘Uploaded Documents’ section are not considered to be valid ID proofs.
It is also possible to use the DigiLocker app to get soft copies of your educational certificates issued digitally. You can log into the DigiLocker app and select the institution or the board that pertains to your education.
The DigiLocker database is home to over 450 educational institutions, including central and state boards as well as technical institutions. You can get the relevant educational certificate for the courses you’ve completed from the DigiLocker app itself.
Gone are the days when you had to manually sign your documents and get them attested by a gazetted officer in person. You can now simply use the eSign facility on the DigiLocker app or website to self-attest your documents.
Here are the steps you need to follow to digitally sign documents via the DigiLocker facility.
Step 1: Log into your account via the DigiLocker app or website.
Step 2:Visit the ‘Uploaded Documents’ section and view the list of documents you have uploaded.
Step 3:Click on the ‘eSign’ link that is available in front of the document that you wish to digitally sign.
Step 4: An OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number.
Step 5: Enter the OTP in the text box shown and click on the ‘eSign’ button.
Step 6: The selected document will then be eSigned.
Apart from your educational certificates and your Aadhaar card, there are also several other documents and certificates that you can get and store in your account via the DigiLocker app or website.
Here is a list of the documents that are available through DigiLocker.
Insurance policy documents
e-Subscription Voucher for LPG connections
Vehicle registration documents
COVID-19 vaccination certificate
Yes. The DigiLocker app is a government app. It helps users access the digital locker, which is a flagship initiative of the Digital India program.
The DigiLocker app can be used for a variety of purposes like storing and accessing a wide range of documents including your school and college mark sheets, ID proofs, insurance papers and more in the digital format.
No. The DigiLocker app is an Indian app. It acts as a simple and secure wallet for Indian citizens to store their important documents digitally.
The documents stored in the DigiLocker app are safe and secure, because you need to use a combination of your username and password, or your Aadhaar and OTP to access the account.
Yes. The digital Aadhaar available in your DigiLocker account is as valid as the eAadhaar issued by the UIDAI. Furthermore, when you link your DigiLocker account and your Aadhaar, the latter is automatically available in your digital locker.
When you create an account in DigiLocker, you will be prompted to enter your Aadhaar and OTP. Once this is done, your DigiLocker Aadhaar is automatically updated.