4 Benefits Of The New West Africa’s First Smart Drivers License

On Tuesday, 7th November 2017, he launched the much anticipated smart driver‘s license, an initiative of the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Authority (DVLA) across the country.

The initiative is to curb problems posed by middlemen popularly referred to as “Gorro Boys”.

The new Smart Driver’s License which has been touted to be among the most secured in the world was launched by the Vice President of Ghana.

Director in charge of Driver Training, Testing and Licencing at the DVLA, Cheyuo Wienna Musah, says the card will be West Africa’s first.

The new Smart Driver’s License is also to curb delays in issuance of cards and also expected to improve dwindling revenue from the DVLA. The smart drivers’ licence has a contactless chip to promote good storage of bio-data and personal driver information.

It will also make use of the latest technology for secure ID printing that can be easily integrated with other systems of the DVLA.

Here are some of the benefits of the card as highlighted at the launch.

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

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

3. 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.

4. Acquiring the new drivers’ 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 a Ghanaian one (Gh₵364 + Gh₵91 = Gh₵445).

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