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Towards Gender Equality: Delhites Can Now Give Just Mother’s Name for Driving License!

"This is a big step in bringing gender equality to the transport department, and we plan to bring in this change by April."

Towards Gender Equality: Delhites Can Now Give Just Mother’s Name for Driving License!

If you are in Delhi and are planning to apply for a driving licence, here’s some good news for you. In a progressive step towards gender equality, Delhi’s transport department will soon allow you to provide your mother’s name instead of your father’s.

So far, the application for a driver’s licence requires you to provide your father’s name and in case of married women, your husband’s name. However, in several instances, the applicants are keen on providing their mother’s name as their guardian. This could be for several reasons, and being a single parent is one of them.

A senior official working in the department told TOI, “This is a big step in bringing gender equality to the transport department, and we plan to bring in this change by April.”

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The 13 RTOs (Regional Transport Offices) in Delhi issue around 1600 permanent driving licences on a daily basis. Since licences are often used as an identity proof across India, this move will undoubtedly affect concerned applicants in a positive manner. The official has also claimed that Delhi would be the first state in India to issue licences with mothers’ names.

If you want to make use of this new provision, all you have to do is provide your mother’s name in place of the guardian’s name.

“We are modifying our software to bring in these changes,” said the official adding that, “We believe the software tweaks should be ready this week.”

Representational image. Source.

The Delhi RTO has been increasingly updating itself. Last year, they developed an automated driving test to bring down corruptive practices in acquiring a permanent driving licence. With the upcoming provision to let applicants provide their other’s name as their guardian, the Delhi RTO has shown its inclusive nature.

“This would be a big help specifically for those who for some reason do not want to provide their father’s name or have a single parent,” the official told TOI.

Earlier this year, the Central Government had made similar changes to passports. Newly issued passports will no more require the name of the estranged parent in case of a child of a single parent. You can read further about new passport provisions here.

Edited by Gayatri Mishra.

Featured image for representational purpose. Source.

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