DigiLocker, as the name suggests, is the Digital
Locker launched by the Department of Electronics &
Information Technology (DietY), under the Ministry
of Communications & IT.
DigiLocker is a cloud storage and is one step forward
towards dream of Digital India.
What is DigiLocker?
Now you must be wondering, we already have cloud
storage services like Dropbox etc then why we need
The answer is very simple, DigiLocker is a cloud
service to avail Govt Services, which can be used for
personal storage also.
• Linked to each resident’s Aadhaar number.
• Used to securely store e-documents as well as store Uniform Resource
Identifier (URI) link of e-documents issued by various issuer
• The e-Sign facility provided as part of DigiLocker system can be used
to digitally sign e-documents.
• Valid Aadhaar number registered with Aadhaar.
• Two Options:
• 1)“Use OTP”, an OTP (One Time Password) will be sent by UIDAI to the
mobile number and email-id registered with your Aadhaar.
• 2)After Clicking on “Use Fingerprint” User will have to put the thumb
print on the finger print device. If the finger print is valid, then user is
•Kindly ensure that your current mobile number is registered with Aadhaar
•You can update your mobile number by visiting any UIDAI centre
• It will minimize the use of physical documents and will provide authenticity
of the e-documents It will provide secure access to Govt. issued documents.
• It will also reduce administrative overhead of Govt. departments and agencies
and make it easy for the residents to receive services
Advantages of DigiLocker
The Cost of Providing the Service: DigiLocker will
gradually bring down the cost of providing the service
by the govt.
It will reduce the govt’s staffing requirement & other
operational costs thus will bring the govt expenditure
in control. Therefore, if you sign up for DigiLocker, you
will indirectly help Govt to reduce the cost of
providing the service thus control fiscal deficit.
The best part is eSign facility is Free whereas for
digital signatures, you need to pay annual fees.
DigiLocker shall help to reduce the human interaction
to avail Govt Services. This would help in reducing
corruption (e.g. issuing passport through agent).
Paperless documentation :- Any agency (which is
registered with Digital Locker System) can request for
your documents based on Aadhaar. Instead of sending
the physical copy you can send digitally signed (e
signed) copy stored as URI (Universal Resource
Indicator) in DigiLocker.
The agency can directly access your document from
the central repository through URI.
Reduce Frauds:- The documents stored in digital
locker are digital signed (e signed) by addhar card
holders. Hence submission of fake documents to
agencies registered with digi lock is difficult.
Similarly documents stored with digi lock can only be
accessed by authorized agencies. Hence documents
related fraud shall be reduced.
The main advantage of digi locker over private cloud
storage services (like google drive) is that our
documents can be shared by various financial
institutions and government agencies which are
registered with digi locker.
Govt is also planning to launch Mobile App for digital
locker shortly, which will further make it convenient to
access the documents on the move.