Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority

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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority logo.jpg
Agency overview
Formed 1999
Jurisdiction Republic of Ghana
Headquarters  Ghana
Parent agency Ministry of Transport (Ghana)
Website Official Website

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) of Ghana is the government agency responsible for the licensing and evaluation of drivers and cars in Ghana.


DVLA was established in 1999 by Act 569 of Ghana's parliament.[1] The act allowed the authority to have a semi-autonomous status in the public sector organization under the Ministry of Transport. The authority is responsible for ensuring safety on Ghanaian roads. The authority before the enactment of the DVLA Act was called Vehicle Examination & Licensing Division (VELD).[1]

Driver licensing[edit]

The laws of Ghana permits individuals 18 years and older to drive.[2] [3] Ghanaians and residents of the country can apply for a 3-month learner's license.[2] After the expiration of the learner's license, a written exam is conducted of which the would-be driver must score 70% or more to pass. After the written exam, the would-be driver takes a test which involves identification and explanation of several road signs. If the road signs test is passed,the would-be driver takes the last exam drive with a DVLA instructor. An error-free test drive qualifies the driver to a cover note, which is returned for the driver's license on a said date.

Online registration[edit]

In April 2008, the authority announced a 306,000 cedi online registration project that sought to streamline the activities of the authority to allow it offer efficient services to its clients. The system was also sought to abolish the activities of middlemen who hampered the operations of the authority.[4] The online system became operational in December 2008.[4]

Lay off Certification[edit]

The authority issues Lay off Certificates (L.O.C) to vehicle owner who request for them. The request is granted both commercial and private vehicles that are not moved for a minimum of 6 months. L.O.Cs allow vehicle owners to save costs by not paying road use fees.[5]

International license[edit]

The Authority issues local Ghanaian driver's license to foreigners whose driver's license are issued by signatories of International driver's license Conversion. Requesting for such a license requires the provision of the foreign driver's license and a translation of it if it is not in the English language and four passport-sized photographs. An eye examination is done and a cover note issued to the individual.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Introduction". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "ACQUISITION OF DRIVER'S LICENSE". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ghana: Accra Records Highest Road Accidents". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "DVLA registrations go online". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Requirements And Procedures For Vehicle Lay-Offs In Ghana". Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "DVLA Info - Converting A Foreign Driver Licence In Ghana". Retrieved 23 May 2011.