UP driving licences will now turn into a smart card. UP state cabinet has given approval to adopt smart card containing biometric records to be used as driving licence. Following repeated complaints of fake driving licences being in circulation allegedly in connivance with the staff of the regional transport office, the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had mooted the idea of issuing smart cards as driving licences containing biometric records of the licence-holder. Based on government patented software ‘Saarthi’, the records of all such licences would be maintained at the RTO level, which will be later compiled in a state-level database and then in the form of a national data base, slated to come up in Delhi. The incorporation of biometric particulars of the licensee would make it mandatory for the applicant to make himself available at the RTO to file the application. This will help do away with forged licences. The records of all such licenses would be indexed on the basis of the bio-metric identification of the applicant.