All vehicle owners will need to have their mobile number linked with the government's Vahan database to avail various services pertaining to vehicle registration and ownership transfer and more. Click To Tweet

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORT) on November 29, 2019, has issued an official mandate in regard to draft rules to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The Government has also sought public comments on the rules within 30 days.

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“Normally for any service related to vehicle certification, mobile numbers were not being formally captured. Only during the registration of new vehicles they were being used for OTP authentication but not being stored in our databases. Now, from April next year, for any type of services related to cars it will be mandatory to link mobile numbers with our Vahan database” a senior transport ministry official told this to Hindustan Times.

What is Vahan Database?

The transport ministry stores data related to licences and registrations in Sarathi and Vahan which are government’s web-based databases of all driving licences and vehicle registrations in India.

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The Vahan database deals with data related to vehicles registered in India. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways maintains a Centralized National Registry (CNR) through the National Informatics Centre (NIC) which has approximately 25 crore vehicle registration records.

Sarathi and Vahan databases are currently operational in 28 states and UTs across the country.

The MoRTH collects and holds data as part of the issuance of vehicle registration certificates (RC) and driver licences (DL). The data is shared with specified law enforcement agencies and with automobile industries, banks, finance companies etc, at specified rates for each data set.

What is the Amendment?

As per the amendment to the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, a vehicle owner is required to register their mobile number at the time of making an application for motor vehicle registration, issuing a fresh/duplicate or renewing a vehicle registration certificate.

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The mobile number is also required for application and grant of a no-objection certificate (NOC), transferring the ownership of the vehicle and changing the address in the registration certificate. The mobile number will also be needed while making an application for entry of an agreement of hire-purchase/lease hypothecation.

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