What is DIGITAL LOCKER?
A digital locker or cyberlocker is an online file or digital media storage service. Files stored include music, videos, movies, games and other media. The term was used by Microsoft as a part of its Windows Marketplace in 2004. By storing files in a digital locker, users are able to access them anywhere they can find internet connections. Most (but not all) digital locker services require a user to register.
Inside India’s Digital Locker:
What Is DIGILocker?
It’s a website where you can store your various government issued documents, using your Aadhaar card as your identification. While it hasn’t been stated as such, to us, it also looks like a good way of bringing data from different government agencies together under the aegis of the Aadhaar card, potentially making the document more useful to people carrying it.
That’s a huge number of documents to keep and manage, and the government also seems to have taken notice. As part of Digital India week on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched a digital locker service called DIGILocker, though the service was soft-launched sometime back.
To sign up, you need only enter your Aadhaar number, and an SMS is set out to the mobile phone number you registered at the enrolment camp. This one-time-password is the only way to get inside your DIGILocker for the first time, but afterwards, you can set your own password or link the DIGILocker to your Google or Facebook login.
After you’ve signed up, you can upload your government documents to the DIGILocker – there’s only 10MB of storage at present – but you can also save the Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) of government documents using DIGILocker.
The idea is that this should minimize the need for physical documents; if your birth and education certificates are online, and you apply for a passport, then the Passport Office could use your Aadhaar number to request the DIGILocker for your details, without needing you to carry a large file of documents for the application.
Or, the RTO could issue your Driver’s License directly to your DIGILocker, based on your Aadhaar information alone; this way, if you need to send your new license to any agency as verification, you’ll have an online, authenticated version available whenever you need it.
There’s also a planned e-Signature facility with DIGILocker, though that will be launched later; between digital signatures and government documents in the cloud, it is clear that the government wants to make it easier for people to use government services online. Today, getting almost anything done with the government requires you to produce ID documents, which requires a visit to the government offices. Few, if any, government branches allow you to mail a copy of your documents – which actually makes sense for security reasons – but DIGILocker will be a way to authentically curate your documents, and make it easy to share them to different departments.
To access your digital locker, visit DIGILocker and you can sign up now for free with your Aadhaar details.
The service will let you upload scans or PDFs of a range of documents from utility bills to education certificates and other documents issued by the government. There is also space to save URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) of other documents. In all probability, once the service is launched, you will see a ‘Save URI to DIGILocker’ option appear after utility payments and receipt of documents. For now, you can start by downloading your Aadhaar and saving it in the locker.
The government is also launching an e-Signature service with DIGILocker. While only certain kind of digital signatures have acceptance at the moment, this move could provide a nationwide push for digital authentication of documents.
India currently does not have a lot of documents that are available online. The exceptions are old Income-Tax Returns, and maybe the Aadhaar number itself. But the DIGILocker initiative is clear indication that the government wants to take most documentation virtual, thus saving money and resources. The move can clearly reduce administrative overheads, time and space.
Sharing documents with various government and private agencies for different purposes is a tedious task. From Income Tax Returns to University Degrees to PAN Cards, various agencies need these documents for processing loans, providing services etc. The Government plans to do away with physical sharing of documents with these agencies and hence has launched the Digital Locker, aimed at creating a repository of digital documents for each resident of the country.
For citizens & residents who sign up for the digital locker, the following features are available,
- Digital Locker of each resident is linked to their Aadhaar number
- 10MB of free space in the locker to securely store resident documents and store links (URI) of Govt. department or agency issued e-documents. The storage space allocation will be increased to 1GB in subsequent release.
- eSign online serviceto digitally sign the documents online
- Sharing of e-documents online with any registered requester agency or department
- Download eAadhaar .
- List of issuers which have issued e-documents to residents and list of requesters which have accessed resident’s documents.
For issuers who issue these e-documents like Universities, a facility to upload e-documents in a standard XML format in the digital locker repository and push e-document URI in the resident’s digital locker has been provided.
For Requesters, secure access to documents in repository or in digital has been provided.
How to create your own DIGITAL LOCKER?
Step 1: Open the url https://digitallocker.gov.in/
The page will be displayed like this
Step 2: Click on the link “SIGN UP FOR DIGILOCKER”. As marked on above image.
When you will click on the link a new page will be displayed like this…
Step 3: Now Enter your Aadhaar Number and then click on Sign Up.
As you enter your Aadhaar Number a new screen will be displayed like this.
Step 4: You will find two options as shown in above figure. If you have connected a biometric device with your system then click on this otherwise click on Use OTP (One Time Password).
As you will click on Use OTP, a password will be sent to your registered mobile number that will be valid only for 30 Minutes. And a new window will be displayed like this.
Step 5: now enter OTP that is sent to your mobile number. After entering OTP click on verify OTP.
As you will enter the OTP and verify it a new screen will be opened.
Step 6: Now create your unique username and password combination. Enter your email id and then click on Sign Up.
As you click on Sign Up a new window will be opened like this.
It shows that your account is created. Now close this welcome screen you will get the dashboard for your account.
Step 7: Dashboard will be like below image.
Now clicking on upload documents option you can upload your documents.