DigiLocker – A Secure Cloud Storage For Documents

We have many government-related documents such as PAN card, voter ID card, passport, driving license, education certificate, birth certificate, property tax receipt, income tax return etc. 
When we apply for a government job, for a passport or a driver’s license, we have to take many of these documents together, which is not only difficult but also unsafe. Apart from this, it is also important to organize all these documents in one place, because in the emergency it becomes easy to access all the documents for your family.
For this, you have to go to paperless and you can use it for free, like Google Drive and Dropbox, free cloud storage, but Google Drive and Dropbox are operated under US rules and they do not get any direct security under the IT Act.

Keeping all these facts in mind, Government of India has launched the Digital Locker to avail the services of the Government and to provide a personal cloud storage service for you.

What is a digital Locker?

Digital Locker System (DigiLocker) is your Personal Online Document Storage Facility, given by the Government of India. In DigiLockar, you get up to 10 MB of free personal storage space, where you can upload PAN card, voter ID card, passport, driving license, educational certificate etc. You can also sign in to all these documents, which is similar to the process of self-attestation.
All these documents are added to your base number and they can be used as your authorization document. Therefore, when you apply for a government job, for a passport or a driver’s license, you will not have to take all these documents together. This Government agency will demand your digital document from your Aadhaar number and digitizer.
The digital locker will reduce the expenses incurred by the administrative department of all government departments and agencies created due to paperwork. Apart from this, your personal documents will be available at any time, anywhere and you will be able to share it with anyone you want.

How to use the digital locker?

There are two ways to create an account in the DigiLocker.
1. Aadhaar based method: You can sign up using your Aadhaar number (issued by UIDAI) using the mobile OTP (this requires your mobile number connected to your base number in the UIDAI system)

2. Non Aadhaar method: In this method, you can authenticate your mobile number and manually upload your Identity and Address Proof and sign up.
  • After you signed In in DigiLocker account, the dashboard will look like this.

Upload Documents in DigiLocker

Once you register, you can upload your document. After signing in to the Digital Locker, click Uploaded Documents and then upload the document to the Digital Locker Account. (Each file uploaded should not be more than 1MB)
  • Click the Upload button.
  • Select the location of the document and then select the file and click on the Open button.
  • Upload Documents List Click on Select Doc Type for any document.
  • Select the type of document from the drop-down list and click Save.

Issue Documents:

You can Issue documents directly to your DigiLocker account from registered government department.  
  • Click on the link Issued Documents

  • Click on pull documents as marked in pics with red
You will get this prompt to pull the documents from registered government departments.

  • Fill the Partner name and Document Type and submit the form, this will pull the certificate to your DigiLock account.

Share Document:

To share your e-document, the share link has been given in the Uploaded Document section. After clicking on the share link you will get a pop up to enter the e-mail id. After entering the mail id, click the send button. Only one document share can happen at one time. 

Share your thoughts or experiences of using DigiLocker features. Thanks!

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