The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has announced plans to introduce a new driver’s license, which the agency has indicated will be more durable and secure.
The new license will be launched within the next two weeks.
The GRA said the change will be reflected for the issuance to drivers of motor cars, motorcycles, motor vans, motor lorries, motor buses, minibus and motor tractors.
“Compared to the previous licence, the new card will have advanced security features to guard against reproduction, tampering or damage, features which will allow for universal acceptance,” GRA said in a statement today.
This upgrade was spearheaded by the GRA’s Information Technology Unit following the initial launch of the first plastic card driver’s licence in March of 2014.
The new driver’s licence will be available before Christmas 2019 and will have a five-year validity period with a fee of $5,000. The fee is however waived for drivers over 65-years old.
When launched, the new licence will only be issued to first-time applicants and those whose license have expired. Persons whose current licences are still valid should, therefore, wait until the expiration date, the GRA said.
First-time applicants will be required to submit a completed Driver’s Licence Application form, a valid identification (ID Card or Passport) and their Provisional Driver’s Licence endorsed with the Competence number or certification slip from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Certifying Officer.
The officer in the GRA’s lodgment area will verify and process the application upon receipt. Thereafter, the applicant will have his/her photograph taken.
As part of this upgraded system, the GRA will now require a digital signature from the applicant.
This will be done at the time of lodgment using an electronic signature pad.The agency said drivers who are renewing their licence will only be required to submit a completed Driver’s Licence Application form and valid identification if they were previously issued a plastic card licence. If not, they will be required to also bring in their expired Driver’s Licence.