The Ghanaian Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has launched a significant initiative aimed at phasing out Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Card Driver’s Licenses issued prior to September 2017. These older PVC card licenses will be replaced with modern and more secure smart card driver’s licenses. According to an official statement from the DVLA, all holders of PVC card driver’s licenses are encouraged to visit their nearest DVLA offices to verify and exchange their licenses. Importantly, this process will be completely free for the license holders.
The replacement program will be in effect from the current date until March 31 of the following year. After this deadline, all PVC card driver’s licenses will no longer be valid. Individuals who fail to replace their PVC card licenses within the specified period will need to reapply for a new driver’s license and undergo the necessary tests. The transition from PVC cards to smart cards is part of the DVLA’s efforts to modernize its systems and enhance the security of driver’s licenses in Ghana. Smart card licenses incorporate advanced technology to prevent fraud and improve the overall efficiency of licensing procedures.
Furthermore, the DVLA has issued a reminder to all holders of smart card driver’s licenses to renew them before their expiration dates to ensure they maintain valid licenses for legal road use in the country.
The decision to replace PVC card driver’s licenses with smart cards aligns with global trends in upgrading identification and licensing systems to enhance security and functionality. This change represents a significant leap forward in ensuring that driver’s licenses in Ghana meet modern standards and offer improved security features.
The DVLA is urging all license holders to collaborate with authorities during this transition period to ensure a seamless and successful shift from PVC card licenses to smart cards. This transition will contribute to safer and more secure road use for all citizens.