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Business News of Thursday, 26 October 2017


DVLA collaborating with NIA on new smart card license

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has said that it is collaborating with the National Identification Authority (NIA) on the introduction of its new driving license and vehicle registration smart card.

According to the Director of Driver Training Testing and Licensing of the DVLA, Alhaji C.W. Musah, it is important for the two bodies to cooperate in order to prevent the duplication of cards.

He added that, a synchronization of efforts of the two entities will help prevent the issuance of fake drivers’ licenses as well.

“The drivers’ license can be linked with other documents, but the license, by international regulations, is not comparable with other documents. If there are other national documents as in other jurisdictions, you can always link your driver’s license to those jurisdictions, and the licenses we are producing now will link with those jurisdictions. It will help us do a lot of corrections,” he said on the Citi Breakfast Show on Wednesday.

“There are people who have got multiple documents and the same identity.

When the National ID comes on, we’ll be able to verify whether that person is really who they claim to be and whether they are in the national ID system. We’ll be able to pull from the biodata and process it. It complements each other so we are working hand-in-hand.”

The new license will contain a contactless chip loaded with the owner’s bio-data and the driver’s personal information for secure identification.

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

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).

“It will have improved security. It comes with improved and guaranteed security of card and data, as well as a unique design that depicts the rich culture of the country,” the Deputy CEO of the Authority, Kwame Appiah Kubi had said early on.