The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) is a public organisation under the Ministry of Transport. It was established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament (Act 569), 1999. DVLA replaced the Vehicle Examination and Licensing Division (VELD). By the Act, DVLA is to provide a regulated framework for an enhanced and more effective administration of drivers and vehicles. DVLA was granted partial autonomy by Government in April, 2016.

Its key stakeholders are the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service; Transport Associations; National Road Safety Commission; Ghana National Association of Driving Schools (Ghana Drive); National Insurance Commission; Ghana Automobile Distribution Association; Government Technical Training Centre; National Drivers Academy, the Judiciary and the Motoring Public.


To be a reputable institution with internationally accepted standards for driver and vehicle licensing.


DVLA exist to ensure the use of best practices for licensing drivers and vehicles to promote road safety and environmental sustainability, while pursuing integrity, excellence, professionalism and reliability in service delivery.


DVLA’s mandate is to promote good driving standards in the country and ensure the use of roadworthy vehicles on the roads and other public places.


The DVLA Act 569, 1999, spells out the functions of the Authority as follows:

  • Establish standards and methods for the training and testing of driving instructors and drivers of motor vehicles and riders of motor cycles;
  • Establish standards and methods for the training and testing of vehicle examiners;
  • Provide syllabi for driver training and the training of Driving Instructors;
  • Issue Driving Licence;
  • Register and license driving schools;
  • License driving instructors;
  • Inspect, test and register motor vehicles;
  • Issue vehicle registration certificates;
  • Issue vehicle examination certificates;
  • License and regulate private garages to undertake vehicle testing;
  • Maintain registers containing particulars of license motor vehicles, driving instructors and drivers of motor vehicles;
  • Advise the Minister on policy formulation and development strategy for the achievement of the object of the Authority;
  • Ensure strict compliance with this Act and regulations made under it;
  • Carry out such other functions as are incidental to the attainment of the object of the Authority

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