Ghana to integrate smart driver’s licenses with National ID Card in 2023

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The CEO of The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has announced plans to integrate its database with the National Identification Authority (NIA) by March 2023.

Kwasi Agyeman Busia, CEO of DVLA said the authority has connected its database to the National Identification Authority (NIA) pending the creation of an application.

“The technology infrastructure is ready, tried and tested. What needs to happen now is the application that we need to work on. We have to do some coding on the application part to make sure that the systems are feeding into each other or handshaking so that once a person comes to DVLA and gives us their Ghana Card, we get every information about them,” Busia stated.

He added that the seamless integration between the DVLA and the NIA would also enhance business with other stakeholder agencies like the National Insurance Commission, the Motor Traffic and Transport Division and the National Road Safety Authority.

“With the integration, when you are trying to apply for a driver’s license, there is no need to sit in our office for two hours to fill out forms. Once you give us your Ghana Card, we should be able to pull your data and make use of it,” Mr. Busia said.

This scenario is similar to the continued integration of bank verification numbers (BVN), SIM cards and National Identification Numbers (NIN) in Nigeria.

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