Central Vehicle Registry issues Plastic Driver’s License in Harare

Plastic Driver’s Licenses were issued by the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR), approximately 90,000 plastic driver’s licenses were issued

Zimbabwe: The Plastic Driver’s Licenses were issued by the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR). Since their launch in mid-2023, approximately 90,000 plastic driver’s licenses have been issued.

According to the sources, the licenses are already being used in several Southern African Development Community Countries, including South Africa.

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The new plastic licenses were printed instantly. They include the security features that make them difficult to forge. They are also scanned by the machine and ascertain their authority.

While talking about the plastic driver’s licenses, the CVR Director – Saston Muzenda, said “that the number of licenses issued to date amounts to 87,729, since the new SADC-compliant license was introduced.”

Minister Felix Mhona holding Plastic Driver's License
Minister Felix Mhona holding Plastic Driver’s License

The government introduced the plastic driver’s license last year in 2023 to replace the metal license discs.

Reportedly, people who have passed the driving tests were issued with temporary paper licenses while facing long waiting periods for the metal license discs.

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has decentralized services to over 40 outlets and offices in Zimbabwe.

Considering which CVR Director Muzenda said, “As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, we would like to reiterate that we have already decentralized the registration of motor vehicles to 33 Zimpost outlets and eight Zimbabwe Revenue Authority tax offices around the country.”

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Muzenda also mentioned that there are ongoing plans to open more branches across the country. “We also intend to decentralize staff to Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo for financial year and then to the other remaining provinces next year,” added Muzenda.

Notably, some of the post offices are involving the registration for licenses in Harare are Causeway, Southerton and Chitungwiza.

Saston Muzenda also said that Zimra tax offices are currently issuing number plates in Harare, Masvingo, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, and Beitbridge.

The Government has also clarified the official policy position pertaining to the conversion of Zimbabwe Driver’s Licenses in the United Kingdom and said that they will only entertain the exchange of Class 4 driver’s licenses for the people who competently tested for driving light motor vehicles and Class-2 for those who drive trucks.