Bangalore: Driving licenses and registration certificates of vehicles have just become “smart” in Karnataka, with a micro-processor based chip fitted in a plastic card soon to replace the booklet format.
Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday inaugurated the programme of issuing smart card based licenses and registration certificates at a function here.
The smart cards come with a facility to record traffic violations and details of any convictions relating to road accidents.
An additional feature is that the license comes with an accident cover of Rs1 lakh for death and Rs50,000 for permanent disability for a period of one year from the date of its issue, transport department officials said.
They added that the another feature in this system is the facility for digital storage of data and easy access to it, while also being tamper proof and having secured operations.
“The smart card also prevents creation of forged documents,” transport minister R Ashok said.
These driving licenses and registration certificates would be issued on payment of Rs200 each, the officials said, adding that, the existing driving licenses and registration certificates should be converted into smart card within two years.