Gov’t Launches Smart Driver’s License Today

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will today, November 7, 2017 launch the new Smart Drivers’ License.

Touted to be among the most secured in the world, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will  commence issuing the smart driver’s licenses across the country today as well.

According to the Director in charge of Driving Training, Testing and Licensing at the DVLA, Cheyuo Wienna Musah, the card will be West Africa’s first.

The new digital card will fast-track the acquisition of new drivers licenses as applicants will now be able to obtain it within a period of two to four weeks.

The digital driver’s license is part of government’s target to remove the human interface from the process of issuing new licensing and expected to improve dwindling revenue from the DVLA

Benefits of New Vehicle Registration Smart Card.It will make use of the latest technology for secure ID printing that can be easily integrated with other systems of the DVLA.

It is expected to enhance the vehicle registration process because application and processing could be done online.

It simplifies the transfer of ownership of motor vehicles registered in another jurisdiction and eliminates to compose transfer letter(s).

The smart driver’s licence has a contactless chip to promote good storage of bio-data and personal driver information.

It enables frontline officers of the Authority to determine the information of vehicle owners during the registration process in cases where vehicles were previously registered in another jurisdiction.

Acquiring the new driver’s license will attract an additional Gh₵91 separate from the present charges on all other services including replacement (Gh₵64 + Gh₵91 = Gh₵155), new license (Gh₵166 +Gh₵91 = Gh₵257) and transferring a foreign license to Ghanaian one (Gh₵364 + Gh₵91 = Gh₵445).