The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has directed that the Tax Identification Number (TIN) is a prerequisite for the registration of vehicles beginning next year.

This latest announcement was part of the DVLA’s communiqué on its shift to an electronic platform for registration in January 2019.

The authority, therefore, directed vehicle owners who wish to have their vehicles registered in 2019 to begin the process on its e-platform between Monday, December 3 and the December 31, 2018

“Customers are advised to provide their Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) which is a pre-requisite for the registration process,” the DVLA indicated in a statement issued Friday, November 30, 2018

According to the statement, “the move is to ensure that the time spent at the DVLA office was reduced drastically to prevent overcrowding.”

In respect to this, the statement said, vehicle owners who wish to register their vehicles in 2019 would be required to present their vehicles to the Private Vehicle Test Station (PVTS) for inspection; present same to DVLA for customs clearance, technical inspection and identity check and undergo bio-metric capture at the DVLA office.

A DVLA officer, the statement indicated, would then select the appropriate vehicle category and generate an invoice for payment to be made at the DVLA office from January 2, 2019, to allow for the issuance of the new registration document (Certificate of title, Vehicle Smart Card), license plate and other documents.

The authority, therefore, in the statement urged vehicle owners to “desist from seeking the help of middlemen, popularly known as “Goro Boys,” to avoid being swindled.

All employed Ghanaians must acquire a TIN to fulfill the Revenue Administration Act (RAA), 2016, Act 915.

The TIN is a prerequisite for passports, opening of bank accounts and other essential services in Ghana.

Also gaining prominence is the use of the digital address.

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, recently suggested that embassies operating in Ghana may soon start demanding digital addresses from Ghanaian visa applicants.

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