Section 4 of the IT Act 2000 and the November 2018 amendment of Rule 139 of CMVR, 1989, states that all vehicle documents in “electronic mode” are as legally valid as their physical counterparts. Note that these documents are valid only if present on the mParivahan or Digilocker app.
You can either display details of documents to be carried while driving online through these apps, or download their soft copies from these apps and store them on your device for later use.
On the other hand, the enforcement agencies can access and verify these documents through their eChallan app. They can either enter details of available documents like PUC, RC, DL, etc., or scan the documents’ QR code to check their validity. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic officers are also directed to register offenses, if necessary and issue challans online to maintain social distancing.
So, next time you plan to set out for that unplanned road trip, at least plan the availability of your vehicle documents in advance. Because following your impulses is great until it involves a penalty.