The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is set to enforce new SIM card regulations starting December 1, 2023. Although the government initially announced these rules in August of the current year, the implementation was deferred to the aforementioned date.
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.
These rules are established to combat scams and fraud involving fake SIMs. the Department of Telecommunications is introducing new rules for buying and selling SIM cards that will be enforced nationwide from December 1 with an aim to curb rising scam cases.
The government has taken these steps considering the severity of scams caused by fake SIMs and penalties for breaking these rules include fines and imprisonment. Let’s know the SIM card-related rules in India below.
New Sim Card Rules 2023
- SIM Dealer Verification: Anyone who wishes to sell sim cards and is a sim card dealer need to undergo a verification and they will also have to get the sim cards registered while selling them, it is the telecom operators’ responsible for police verification. Failure to comply may result in a fine of Rs 10 lakh.
- Demographic Data Collection: Customers who purchase SIM cards for their existing numbers need to submit their Aadhaar and demographic data.
- Bulk SIM Card Issuance: New rules have put a limit to the number of sim cards being issued. Individuals can acquire SIM cards in bulk only through a business connection and normal users can still obtain up to 9 SIM cards on one ID.
- SIM Card Deactivation Rule: As mentioned before, SIM cards will no longer be issued in bulk and after closing a SIM card, that number will be applicable to another person only after a 90-day period.
- Penalties: SIM selling vendors who would have not been registered by November 30 will have to pay fines of up to Rs 10 lakh and there may be chances of imprisonment.