Physical SIM Verification Process Will Stop in India Next Year

The Indian government has announced a major update for SIM cards that will soon eliminate the in-person verification process. The news comes from a recent notification from the DoT (Department of Telecommunications), which plans to make the process digital and much more convenient.

The official word from DoT reveals that the paper verification process for a new SIM card will cease to exist. This will come into place, for starters January 1, 2024. As a reminder, the physical verification process for SIM cards was first introduced on August 9, 2012.

India will now adopt eKYC for SIM cards

The new change is aimed at Unified Access Services (UAS) and Unified License (UL) holders and will become official in several parts of the country. Although this is a more convenient process, it also ensures that less SIM card fraud occurs.

See also  Google Pixel 7 Series Display Details Tipped; No Surprises in Store!

The official release read: “Taking into account various adjustments/changes made from time to time in the existing KYC framework, the competent authority has decided that the use of paper-based KYC process as envisaged in the instructions dated 09-08-2012, will be discontinued with effect from 01-01. .2024.

eKYC for new SIM cards is reduce customer acquisition costs and will help save resources. Plus, it saves you the hassle of filling out forms (with a passport photo) and providing physical ID and proof of residence. So no more problems here!

This comes after the Indian government introduced some new changes for SIM cards in August this year but came into effect a few days ago. This included a ban on the sale of bulk SIM cardsthe requirement to update the KYC (Know Your Customer) when purchasing a new SIM card, and the mandatory verification of franchises, PoS agents and distributors by the telecom operators.

See also  Best Uses of the Crafter in Minecraft 1.21

Since the beginning of the “Digital India” initiative, a majority of industries have opted for the digital route, so digital SIM card verification won’t be a bad choice after all. It remains to be seen when exactly this will be fully implemented in India! What are your thoughts on this? Don’t forget to share in the comments below.