Vice President Dr. Bawumia Launches DVLA Smart Cards

| Updated Nov 08, 2017 at 6:01am


Vice President Launching The Smart Drivers License Card


Vice President Bawumia with the new Smart Drivers License Card
The New Smart Driver Licence and New Vehicle Registration Cards have officially been unveiled marking a new era of change at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA.

The cards have enhanced security features and will reduce the time spent to acquire a driver and vehicle licence.

The system will eliminate activities of 'middle men' and improve revenue generation for the DVLA.

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said Ghana is on the path of leveraging on ICT for efficient service delivery.

He described the digitalisation of operations at the DVLA as a new dawn in the way of doing business at the authority and charged other public institutions to take a cue from it.

The introduction of the new DVLA card is part of government’s efforts to remove the human interface from the system especially middlemen popularly called “gorro boys" who take advantage of loopholes in the system to dupe unsuspecting clients.

The new license has a contactless Chip for storage of bio-data and personal driver information. The cards employ the latest technology for secure ID printing that can be easily integrated with other systems of the DVLA to improve Security.

Application for the New Vehicle Registration Smart Card is to be done online.

Transfer of ownership of motor vehicles registered in paperless transaction jurisdiction has also been simplified and eliminates the composition of transfer letter(s).

The Chief Executive Officer of the DVLA, Kwasi Agyemang Busia said that only 61% of drivers in the country are licensed, adding that some road fatalities are partly due to unlicensed drivers.

He said the new license signals a new beginning for DVLA to work hard to ensure that 60% of uncertified, vehicles are registered.

Mr. Busia called on all law enforcement agencies to coordinate activities to take unlicensed drivers off the road.

Vice President Bawumia said government is poised to transform the economy. He said Ghana is on the road to modernization which will see a total transformation in the economy which future generations will bear witness to.

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 Ghanaian one (Gh¢364 Gh¢91 = Gh¢445).