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Production and Printing of Driver’s Licenses Becomes State Responsibility

Production and Printing of Driver’s Licenses Becomes State Responsibility

The production and printing of driving licenses in Mozambique will now be the full responsibility of the National Institute of Road Transport (INATRO), the entity said on Wednesday, August 3.

“The physical production of the driving license at this moment passes to the State,” said Napoleão Sumbana, spokesman for INATRO, quoted by Lusa.

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The decision comes after the country remained for more than six months without producing biometric driving licenses, as a result of a debt estimated at about 40 million meticais that the State had with the subcontractor company that printed the documents, Brithol Michcoma.

During the suspension, the entity was producing temporary driving licenses, which were valid for three months.

The issuance of biometric driving licenses resumed last July 11, and, currently, the responsibility of producing the documents lies with the Institute, which is installing a factory in its own building in Maputo.

The entity’s spokesperson advanced that there is a new company that has been contracted in the process, but the mission of this new company is to install the factory and provide technical assistance to the INATRO staff that will operate the machines.

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“In this first phase, the [subcontracted] company will be responsible for guaranteeing the technical assistance and the training process so that all this knowledge is passed on to Mozambicans,” Napoleão Sumbana stressed.

The machines that will be used in the new factory have the capacity to produce 9800 driving licenses per month. The new driving licenses, which are being produced by INATRO since July, have different characteristics, such as “the color and layout of the driver’s identification, besides the reinforcement of security devices, which went from 13 to 24”, according to the entity.

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