The national identification card, Ghana Card, will become a requirement for doing business with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority as of July this year (DVLA).
As a result, the authority has begun linking its systems with the National Identification Authority (NIA) in order to obtain real-time information on those seeking services like as driver’s licenses and vehicle registration.
The project, according to the Daily Graphic’s acting Deputy Director of Vehicle Inspection and Registration, Eric Bentil Addison, is part of the DVLA’s digitisation drive, which aims to improve service delivery and close loopholes in the system.
“Hopefully by July, this year, we should be able to do that integration and move away from the conventional paper-based documents system to electronic system,” he said.
Mr Addison indicated that the integration would weed out middlemen, popularly called “goro boys”.
“By far, the integration with the NIA will help to deal with the issue of goro boys because if you are a vehicle owner, you can even start the process of registering your vehicle at home. The system will be so easy and less cumbersome that you do not need a middleman,” he said.
Mr Addison went on to say that the DVLA had already integrated its system with the Ghana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) Customs Division, making it feasible to verify and confirm duty payments on automobiles coming into the nation.
He claimed that by integrating with the NIA, the DVLA will be better able to verify and confirm car ownership.