FRSC Plans New Licence, Number Plates

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In its determination to restore the integrity of the Nigerian drivers’ licence and  improve the capacity of the National uniform licensing scheme, the Federal Road Safety  Corps, FRSC, has set aside 1 October and 1 December 2010 to launch a new drivers’ licence  and vehicle number plates respectively.

Speaking at an interactive forum with Corps’ commanding officers, the FRSC Corps marshal  and Chief Executive, Osita Chidoka stated that part of the objectives for the roll out  plan include the standardization and enhancement o drivers’ licence, upgrade of  Information Processing Centres, to reduce processing time, clean up of drivers’ licence  data base, establishment of a one-stop-shop for the processing of application, payment of  processing fees and physical capture of applicant’s data and central print farm for the  production of drivers licence.

Similarly, on-line payment for driver’s license has been introduced while the FRSC has  taken initial steps to computerize about 212 duty rooms located in its formations spread  across the country, to further build a digital-enabled capacity to administer and collate  data bordering on traffic offenders.

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Additional modalities for the proposed new drivers’ license, which has been endorsed by  the Joint Tax Board include, the introduction of new measures for processing and  production of drivers license such as, the sponsorship of fresh applicants by FRSC  accredited driving schools, practical and theory driving tests and re-tests to be  conducted by the Vehicle Inspection Office and the FRSC, on-line payment by successful  applicants which, will be followed by physical capture of applicant’s biometrics and  issuance of a temporary paper driving license at the one-step shop which will accommodate  the FRSC, VIO an the Motor Licensing Authority valid for a  month before production of  the drivers’ license at the central print farm at the FRSC. The issuing desk of the Motor  Licensing Authority, located at the one-stop-shop will further undertake delivery of  produced drivers’ license to owners as part of the measures to stamp out parallel  production, ensure reduction in processing time and also build a reliable data base on  the drivers license.

Details of the proposed new drivers’ license indicate improved security features such as  laser perforator, ghost portrait, over lapping data, altered front, variable micro script  and split fountain printing.