What is DigiLocker? Is it Safe? Everything You Need To Know About DigiLocker

DigiLocker is an app by the Government of India that allows you to store, share and access important documents digitally anywhere, anytime you want to.

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Carrying important documents like Aadhar cards, driving licenses, and PAN cards in our wallets can be tricky as one is always in danger of losing or misplacing them. Misplacing them is a huge risk as one not only has to go through the hassle of applying for it again but also puts oneself at risk if the documents land up in some miscreant’s hands. Your personal information is at risk if they fall into wrong hands.

To avoid such a situation, one should resort to carrying their important documents in a digital form and keep the physical copies safely at home. This can be done with the help of an app called DigiLocker. Today, we will learn everything about how this app works and why should you use it.

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What is DigiLocker?

DigiLocker is an Indian digitization online service provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India under its Digital India Initiative. It was launched in 2015 and the application has a file size of about 56.5MB for android and 68.2MB for iOS devices.

One needs to have an Aadhar number to use DigiLocker. The best part about this app is that saves the digital copies of your important documents that are government-approved. One can store a range of documents like school and college mark sheets, passports, ID Proofs, and more in digital form.

You can upload the documents and keep these safe when you sign up for a DigiLocker account. There is a dedicated cloud storage space that gets linked to your Aadhar number. This way all your documents are always by your side, too without the risk of losing them as it eliminates the use of physical documents and enables sharing e-docs across government agencies.

How to create DigiLocker online?

Opening a DigiLocker is very simple. Just follow the steps given below-

  1. Go to the Digilocker website- www.digilocker.gov.in or you can download the DigiLocker app from the play store. Use your aadhar number to create a DigiLocker account and make sure that the phone number you are entering is the one that is linked with your Aadhar Card.
  2. Click on the ‘Sign up’ option on the website. Enter details like full name, DOB, and Mobile number, and then make a security PIN. At last, enter an email ID.
  3. Enter your Aadhar Number and once you do that, you will get 2 options to choose from- One Time Password (OTP) or Fingerprint. You can choose either of the options to move further.
  4. Once all this is done, the app will ask you to create a Username and Password. Enter the username and password you want for your DigiLocker Account and click on the ‘Sign up’ button. Once the account has been created successfully, the app will show the ‘Dashboard’ screen. You now have your active DigiLocker Account.

What all sections do the DigiLocker Account have?

  1. Dashboard- It is the main home screen of your account. From here, one can navigate to different sections of DigiLocker. The home screen also shows the summary of issued documents and a slink to get documents from partners integrated with DigiLocker.

2. Uploaded Documents- This section shows all the documents that have been uploaded by you. From here you can update the document type and even share these uploaded docs with others.

3. Issued Documents- This section contains the links of digital documents or certificates issued by the Government departments or agencies integrated with DigiLocker.

4. Shared Documents- It shows a list of documents that one has shared with others.

5. Activity- This section keeps a log of all the activities performed by you in the Digilocker account. This can include details about activities like upload, download, share, and more.

6. Issuers- This section shows the list of departments and agencies that are registered with DigiLocker as issuers. If these departments have issued any documents to you, they will appear as links in the Issued Docs section.

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Advantages of Using DigiLocker

DigiLocker is beneficial for users as well as agencies.

For users/customers-

  • They can save important documents anytime and from anywhere.
  • They can authenticate documents, legally on a par with originals.
  • They can easily share documents with others.
  • They get faster service delivery in terms of Government benefits, employment, financial inclusion, education, and health.
  • It leads to a reduction in costs and eliminates complaints relating to non-delivery of policy copy, improved time of insurance services, faster claim settlements, and more.
  • Built-in cloud storage space links to your Aadhar number.
  • The DigiLocker is simple and convenient to use.
  • A range of CBSE documents are also accessible.

For agencies-

  • The administrative overhead is reduced as there is lesser use of paper and shortened verification process.
  • It provides trusted issued documents.
  • DigiLocker acts as a secure document exchange platform payment gateway between the trusted issuer and trusted requester with the consent of the account holder.
  • Government agencies can verify documents in real-time after obtaining the user’s permission.

FAQs about DigiLocker

Q: Is DigiLocker safe to use?

A: DigiLocker is completely secure to use. The app comes with all security measures in place to guard your private data. The app uses 256-bit SSL certificates which means the information you provide to issue documents is encrypted. It is hosted under ISO 27001 standards to safeguard your personal information. Aadhar details have to be entered if you want to authenticate yourselves. Also, OTPs are used to access DigiLocker and the DigiLocker itself terminates sessions if no activity is detected for longer periods.

Q: Can anyone use DigiLocker easily?

A: Yes, it has a simple interface. All the categories are displayed on the screen and one just needs to select what he wants, enter the necessary details and get going.

Q: What are the documents supported by DigiLocker?

Some documents supported by DigiLocker are Aadhar cards, PAN Verification records, Registration of vehicles, and birth certificates. All your mark sheets, passports, etc can also be stored.

4. Can one issue e-Aadhar in DigiLocker?

Yes, there is an option to get an e-Aadhar on the app. You just need to log in to your account and select the dialog box that displays an option to get your e-aadhar.

Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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