TECHNOLOGY: New Technology At Driving Licence Centres
Recent Western Cape Business News
The waiting time for new licence cards from the City’s Driving Licence Testing Centres is about to be reduced by up to 60% with the introduction of new Live Capturing Units (LCUs) at all testing centres across the city.
The new LCU technology allows for online, real-time capturing on E-Natis of applications. The LCU can electronically scan an applicant’s Identity Document or Driving Licence Card to update the relevant personal data of the applicant on the system. It captures and records the results of an applicant’s eye test and finger prints, while at the same time capturing an applicant’s signature and photograph.
These units will eventually replace the vision screeners at the City’s testing centres. This will be a shift from the often time consuming manual eye-testing and finger printing processes previously utilized, to a more user-friendly and quicker electronic capturing process.
The new technology will benefit residents in the long run as it drastically reduces the waiting period for applicants to collect their driving licence card or their card renewals by at least one month, from the current six to eight week waiting period, to a waiting period of only two to three weeks. Persons applying for a Professional Driving Permit, subject to the person not having a criminal record and paying the prescribed fee for police clearance, will now be able to obtain such a licence within approximately one month, whereas the waiting period used to be between three and four months.
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