Issuance of new high-security driver's licences with digitised personal
information will begin nationwide next month, according to the Ministry
The project will be piloted in northern Bac Ninh Province and central Da Nang City beginning on Feb. 20.
minister of transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said the change is designed to
synchronise the issuance of driving licenses, prevent counterfeit
documents and improve the management of traffic violators nationwide.
said the new license will be printed in Vietnamese and English and will
be valid in all members countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion
Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Transport of Goods and People.
licenses will include a profile photo, personal information including
full name, birthday and address, expiry date and a code system to
differentiate and digitised information and features about individual
Deputy general director of the Vietnam Road
Administration Nguyen Van Quyen said based on this digitised system in
the country's network, all departments of transport and police will be
able to verify drivers' personal information when re-issuing driving
licenses or conducting criminal investigations.
"This new driving license also helps police officers to look up a driver's history of traffic violations."
of the Ministry of Public Security's Traffic Police Department show
that more than 1,500 forged driving licenses were confiscated last year,
down from 4,300 in 2010, mainly in the northern provinces of Bac Ninh,
Vinh Phuc, Hoa Binh, Lang Son and central Nghe An.
Deputy general director Quyen said this nationwide system will help transport companies to check and manage their drivers.
Van Hop, director of Hop Hoa Transport Company said it is very
difficult for transport companies to verify the personal information of
drivers printed on the current driving license during the recruiting
process because they can not always tell if a license is legitimate.
"I usually recruit my drivers based on my experience and a driving test. But sometimes my instincts have been wrong.
"I hope that with this change, I can easily recruit well-qualified drivers to ensure the safety of my passengers."
Manh Hung, head of the Vietnam Transport Association, said changing the
form of driving licenses is necessary at this time because the current
format is not water or heat resistant, is not valid in other countries
and is easily faked.
Quyen said current driving licenses are
still valid and do not need to be renewed until their expiry dates. New
licenses will be issued in the place of damaged documents or those that
The cost of a new license will be 150,000 VND (7.1 USD).
said the administration is focused on training its staff to get used to
the new issuance technology to ensure the whole network would run