DigiLocker – A Free and Secure way to store your important documents online

POSTED BY Jagoinvestor ON May 15, 2018 COMMENTS (18)

Digilocker is a Digital Locker service provided by the Indian Government for the citizens to reduce the efforts of carrying hard copies of their documents everywhere. It is a part of the digital India campaign.

Many times it is difficult to carry the hard copies of your documents everywhere. And there is also the possibility of misplacing or losing your documents. So to reduce your efforts and keep your documents safer, the government has introduced this new feature where you can save all documents and use them whenever you want.

Now, let’s see how digilocker works.


 Key Components of Digilocker

When you log in to Digilocker account, on the first page you can see some key components which are useful for the user. These key points are as:

  • Dashboard
  • Activities
  • Shared documents
  • Issued documents
  • Uploaded documents
  • Issuer
  • Requester

Features of Digilocker:

Digilocker is available in both website and Digi locker app form. Various features of Digilocker make it more attractive and convenient for the users. Some of the main features are listed below:

  1. 1 GB space.
  2. Part of digital India.
  3. Can store both uploaded and issued documents.
  4. You can then also share this URI link of the documents to others when you need to submit your document anywhere.
  5. Both Aadhaar holder and non Aadhaar holders can open this account.
  6. Easy and more secure to use.

What are issued and uploaded documents?

Issued documents: 

Issued documents are the documents which are shared by the issuer to the Digi locker of the user through push or pull way of sharing documents.

Push way means sharing the documents to the Digi-account of the user by using his Aadhaar number to search his Digilocker account if he has already linked it with his Digi-account.

Pull way is the way of sharing documents through URI link if the user doesn’t have his Aadhaar number linked with his Digi-account.

Uploaded documents: 

Uploaded documents are the scanned copies of the documents which are saved by the user to his Digi-account.

How to use DigiLocker?

To take the benefit of Digilocker account you have to sign up first which is very simple. To start a Digi-account first sign up for Digi locker and create a Digi-locker account. Go through the steps given below to sign up for a new Digilocker registration.

Step 1: Download Digilocker app or visit the government authorized Digi locker link https://digilocker.gov.in and click on the sign-up button on your right.

Step 2: Enter your mobile number and click on continue. You will get an OTP on your registered mobile number. Once you enter the OTP and click on continue you will be directed to the next page.

Digilocker signUp step1

Step 3: Now enter your username and password and click on sign up.

Digilocker signUp step2

Step 4: Here you will be asked to enter your Aadhaar number. To link your Aadhaar with your Digi-account, your mobile number must be registered with Aadhaar so that you can get OTP. If your mobile number is not registered with Aadhaar, you can skip this step by clicking on the “continue here” button given below.

Digilocker signUp step3

That’s it. Your Digilocker account is ready to use now.

Digilocker account

You can read the user manual for Digilocker here.

Three entities in Digilocker:

Any person having an Aadhaar card can open a Digilocker and save his documents safely in it. There are generally three categories of people considered as the users of Digilocker. These categories are made on the basis of users of this facility.

Three entities in digilocker

1) Citizens/Individual:

The first category includes the person holding the Digi locker account. The person here has all the authorities regarding his Digi locker. Only he can manage the account. And no one can use his Digilocker documents without his permission. On the other hand, this person can use his documents whenever and wherever he wants.

For example: if you go to any government office for some very urgent work and then you realize that you have forgotten to bring one of your document which is very important. what will you do in such a situation?

If you hold a Digilocker account and have saved a copy of that document in that account then you can take print of that document or can simply share the URI link.

2) Issuer:

The issuer can be any Governmental or private institute or company. This issuer provides the e-documents through URI by using persons Aadhaar number. It will help the issuer and the receiver both to provide the document on time and avoid delay.

Besides, there is no need to send the documents physically to each individual on their respective address and track those documents in case that person doesn’t receive it.

3) Requester:

Requesters is the institute or individual who uses your e-documents through Digilocker for the verification or any other legal procedure. When you provide your URI link to the requester then you don’t need to submit any hard copy of that document.

Requester can be universities or any government officials etc.

Benefits of Digilocker:

  1. All the documents shared are paperless so it reduces the efforts of maintaining the paper documents for government officials.
  2. When you save any document to your Digilocker account you can add you e-sign so that it becomes a more authenticated document with self-attestation.
  3. The issuer can directly issue the documents to an individual which makes the document delivery procedure more safe.
  4. User can use the documents saved in Digilocker anywhere, at any time which proves more convenient for the users.
  5. When you use the URI link of the documents directly shared by the issuers, it reduces the possibilities of submitting fake documents.

#Digilocker helpline:

If you have any complain regarding digilocker then you can send your query at support@digitallocker.gov.in.


18 replies on this article “DigiLocker – A Free and Secure way to store your important documents online”

  1. thnx 4 this knowledge help me a lot

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Hey Tushar Bansal

      Glad to know that you liked the article.

      Please share it on your social media profile so that it can reach more and more people !


  2. santhosh says:

    I really appreciate the information shared above. It’s of great help. I am very happy to read your post.

  3. thank you for sharing

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:


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  4. Rahul Nanavaty says:

    Theoretically DigiLocker is an excellent concept but it’s current implementation is very bad.
    During registration 4 times its thrown “OTP” error and I was able to login with same OTP after 2 hours even validity is 10 min. After login after entering Aadhar as soon as I press submit, application thrown me out of login.

    Current software is pathetic. It’s exactly like we have proper laws for multiple mischievous things in India but implementation is poor.

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      Hi Rahul

      When we tested it while writing the article, we didnt face any issue personally and it was very smooth . I am sure you must have faced the issue which you are talking about. Over time I think it will improve.


  5. Ashish Aind says:

    Hey nice article ????
    I was thinking to use an digilocker

  6. Tarun says:

    Is this really secured? I have not seen any govt Dept really using it by issuing documents to digilocker.

    1. Jagoinvestor says:

      You need to upload it by yourself and give it to the govt department .. Mostly it will be used fully only after few years . I agree its a new thing .. but for now atleast you can start using it for uploading the documents


  7. Shankar says:

    Thanks for sharing this with Jagoinevestor readers, I have been using this app since last few months & its very good to store all your important documents (Govt issued docs/identities like Aadhar, Driving Licnese, Vehicle registration etc).

    The stored documents can be quickly retrieved & share with anyone that you want. You can also show the Digilocker copy of your driving license to Traffic police if asked .. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Now-drive-with-soft-copy-keep-your-licence-in-DigiLocker/articleshow/54023618.cms

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Shankar .. Please keep sharing your views like this..


  8. Renga says:

    Thanks for sharing this info, very useful.

    Wondering how safe is this?

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Hi Renga
      Thanks for comment. As much I know Digilocker is a secure locker and you can trust it.

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