The gazette notification No G S R 400(E) dated 31st May 2002 was issued by Ministry of Road and Transport Highways (MoRTH) for the issuance of Smart Card based DL/RC. Based on the notification, home grown Operating system specifications (SCOSTA/SCOSTA-CL) were developed which conforms to International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) standards. The gazette notification allowed each state to have separate processes for issuance of the DL and RC Cards.
In order to bring uniformity across the country, the gazette notification of 1st March 2019 was notified. The technical inputs to the new Gazette notifications were given by NIC. The new format will bring in a unified system across the country. It also permits to have more data stored on Smart Card Chip.