When it comes to driving in a foreign country, one of the key requirements is having a recognized driving licence.
In Ghana, the recognition and conversion of driving licences issued by other countries are governed by the Road Traffic Act, 2004 (Act 683) and the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2180). Understanding the requirements for converting a foreign driver’s licence is essential for anyone planning to drive in Ghana.
This article will outline the necessary steps and documentation needed for the recognition and conversion process.
Recognition of Driving Licences
According to Section 55 of the Road Traffic Act, a driving licence issued under the corresponding provisions of any law in another country may be recognized for conversion into a driving licence issued under Act 683. The recognition is subject to certain conditions prescribed by the licensing authority. This means that individuals with valid foreign driver’s licences can convert them into Ghanaian licences, allowing them to legally drive in the country.
Use of Foreign Driver’s Licence
Regulation 148 of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2180) specifies the rules regarding the use of a foreign driver’s licence in Ghana. It states that a person shall not use a foreign driver’s licence to drive in the Republic. Instead, the holder of a foreign driver’s licence must convert it in accordance with sections 55 to 57 of Act 683 to enable them to drive in the country. Failure to comply with this regulation is considered an offense, punishable by a fine or imprisonment upon conviction.
To convert a foreign driver’s licence in Ghana, the applicant must present the following documentation to the Licensing Authority:
- Original and photocopy of the foreign driver’s licence (valid licences only).
- Original and photocopy of the passport (valid licences only).
- Photocopy of the resident permit (one-year validity) for foreign nationals.
- Authentication from either the issuing authority or embassy, in the form of driving records or a letter.
- Introduction letter from either the employer or spouse in Ghana for foreign nationals.
- Photocopy of the Non-Citizen Registration Card for foreign nationals.
- Applicant must be present; no agents will be entertained.
- Ghanaian nationals who hold other nationalities must show either a resident permit or the Dual Citizenship Registration Card.
- All driving licenses issued in any language other than English must be translated into English. Only translations from either the Ghana Institute of Languages Trans bureau or the consulate of the issuing state will be accepted.
- Any additional documents requested by the Licensing Authority for both nationals and foreign nationals.
It is important to note that licences that will expire within two months from the date of the application will not be accepted for conversion.
Fulfillment of Driving Test Procedures and Process
The Licensing Authority reserves the right to request that an applicant undergoes the full driving test procedures and process. This means that even if an applicant has a valid foreign driver’s licence, they may still be required to take a driving test to assess their driving skills and knowledge of local road regulations.
Converting a foreign driver’s licence to a Ghanaian licence is a crucial step for anyone planning to drive in Ghana. By following the requirements outlined in the Road Traffic Act, 2004 (Act 683) and the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2180), individuals can ensure that their foreign driver’s licence is recognized and they can legally operate a vehicle in the country.
Understanding the necessary documentation and being prepared for the possibility of a driving test will help simplify the conversion process and promote road safety for all drivers.