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Applying For A Driver’s License In Ghana: Everything You Need To Know

Just like every country in the world that you visit, you must have a driver’s license before you can drive in Ghana.

We will be looking at how one can acquire a driving permit from the relevant authority in Ghana.

If it is your first time applying for a driving permit, you will need to visit the office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority.

Below Are The Steps To Get Your Driving Permit For The First Time.

Visit the office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority

You will then need to make some payments to obtain the forms needed for the application. The fees for the forms are as follows;

  • GHC 2.50 for form F
  • GHC 12.50 for form F1
  • GHC 5.00 for an eye test

After acquiring the forms, you will then have to fill out form F and form F1 thoroughly and then submit them. You will also need to attach some documents to the forms before you submit them back to the DVLA. The documents needed along with the forms are;

The national identification card will give proof that you are of legal age which should be 18 years or above.

An education certificate will also be required such as BECE or an adult education certificate.

You will then be provided with the code and syllabus for the highway for learning and study.

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You will now have to undergo an eye test and a physical test after you finish filling and submitting the forms which will be conducted by the DVLA for you.

After passing the eye test and the physical test, you will make some payments after which the authority will issue you with a driver’s permit, L-plate for a car, syllabus as well as the highway code. The things issued to the driver normally are;

  • A learner’s license
  • Highway code
  • A learner’s license booklet
  • A learner’s L-plate

Acquiring A GhanaianDriving License Fees

There will be fees to be paid before one will be issued with all these things. The fees for the respective items are as follows;

  • Learner’s plate- GHC23.00
  • Syllabus for the learner- GHC5.00
  • Highway code- GHC5.00
  • Learner’s license booklet- GHC2.50

After all these, the applicant will now be required to enroll in a two-day course with a driving school that has been accredited by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority.

People who have an expired driver’s license will rather undergo a written exam in which they should be able to score 70% or above to be able to pass.

You will then have to revisit the DVLA to undertake a written test which will cost you another GHC 5.00.

The authority will also take your biometric information during this test, another GHC 4.00 will have to be paid again.   

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You will then undertake another computer-based test. After this, the applicant will be required to take another test which will be traffic-based.

This will be used to explain various road signs and others to the applicant and will cost the applicant another GHC 4.00.

After passing this test, the applicant will undergo one last test before completion with an instructor from the DVLA. Passing this test without any errors will grant the applicant a cover note.  

After the applicant has completed all the various tests, he will now pay for a temporary driver’s license that will be issued to him.

He will then return to the DVLA. The DVLA will then take the information needed for making your driver’s license and the applicant will have to pay GHC 5.00 for a temporal license photo and another GHC 5.00 for a temporal license.

 The applicant will then return later with the cover note that was given to him. He will then exchange that for his driving license and will be issued a P-plate as well.

Registering Your Drivers License Online

To apply for a driver’s license online, please follow the below steps.

  1. You will create an account with the DVLA by visiting their internet site.
  2. You will then register by filling in some forms with the relevant information needed such as full name, nationality, ID number, gender, and place of birth.
  3. You will then fill in your contact details and then verify the account you just created through your email address.
  4. After verifying the account, you will then log back into the online portal to send your application.
  5. You will click on the ‘apply for driver service’ and then choose ‘’new driver license’
  6. You will then fill in the permit information such as the license class A, B,E, AB,AE,BE,ABE.
  7.  You will then have to make payment through an online platform with a credit card for the license class that you will choose. The license class and their fees are shown below.
  • A-  GHC 190
  • B- GHC 160
  • E- GHC 134
  • AB- GHC 210
  • AE- GHC 190
  • ABE- GHC 210
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The applicant will then visit the DVLA offices after applying online to continue with the physical aspects of the application. The applicant will then go through all the tests as an applicant who applied directly at the DVLA office from the beginning. 

So these are the ways through which people can apply for their driver’s license in Ghana and the fees involved.

Please note that the fees could be slightly higher or lower when one goes to the DVLA office since increments can take place at any time.

We hope this article was very helpful to anyone that has been looking at how he or she could apply for a license before actually going ahead with it. 

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