The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is set to enforce new SIM card regulations starting December 1, 2023. These new SIM card regulations have been introduced to combat various forms of fraud, Fake SIM cards and other online fraudulent activities.
As per the updated regulations, the government has mandated the verification of SIM card dealers and abolished the provision for bulk connections. This strategic move aims to mitigate online financial fraud.
Telecom operators are now required to register franchisees, point-of-sale (PoS) agents, and distributors. This measure is designed to eliminate rogue PoS agents who engage in fraudulent practices by issuing SIM cards.
According to the rules, SIM cards will no longer be issued in bulk after the new rules take effect. Closing a SIM card will render that number applicable to another person only after a 90-day period.
Every SIM card deal also needs to undergo a digital verification and. Police verification is the responsibility of telecom operators. Failing to comply with digital KYC, a dealer can face a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh.
The Department of Telecommunications is taking proactive measures to enhance the security and transparency of SIM card usage in the country. These changes aim to ensure secure telecommunications environment for all citizens.