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Smart driving licenses soon a reality
May 19, 2018, 3:20 pm

Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) that authorizes the inclusion of electronic signatures into the process of issuing ‘smart’ driving license for citizens and expatriates in Kuwait. As part of the agreement, PACI delivered to MoI the infrastructure to begin incorporating and accepting electronic signature into the new smart driving licenses, which is the first step in the implementation of the project where electronic driving licenses replace the old ones.

Speaking about the MoU, PACI General Manager, Mussad Al Assousi, said, “This step allows the Ministry of Interior to electronically sign the data stored in the smart driving licenses to authenticate the details and protect it from any tampering or forgery.”

He added that the MoU with the Interior Ministry comes following the Authority’s success in introducing the electronic signature projects in over 85 government entities in the country. Some of these government organizations include the Ministry of Justice, to facilitate electronic transactions for judiciary personnel, lawyers; the Public Institution for Social Securities to facilitate the electronic transactions of its clients; the Credit Bank to facilitate the obtaining of loans electronically; and the Public Authority for Manpower to facilitate the transaction of its applicants. In addition, other entities such as the oil sector, banking sector and others also use the authentication infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs, Major General Fahed Al Shuwai’a, lauded the beginning of a new phase of fruitful cooperation with PACI through the efforts exerted in the field of digital certificates (PKI) to fulfill the requirements of the smart driving license project in order to keep abreast of the developments in the field of information technology, particularly in the information security and data security.

He explained, “The Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Affairs Sector and Information Technology and Communication Sector will execute the smart driving license project, in cooperation with the United Nations through the United Nations Development Program in the Arab region, and in collaboration with international specialized companies. This is part of the Ministry’s commitment to provide electronic services to the citizens, including the driving licenses which are in line with the international technical specifications and technologies.”

Major General Al Shuwai’a added that the new license is fitted with an electronic chip that contains all the data of the license holder in digital code, according to the international standards. He went on to clarify that the project aims to provide a unique service to the citizens and expatriates that will enable the license applicant to upload the required data and documents online, as well as follow up on the application stages in terms of the accuracy of the details, approval and payment up to receiving the license. The Ministry has designed and executed the self-service systems specifically for issuing the new license to facilitate and expedite the license issuance procedures and to ensure that the best services are provided.”

- Staff Report

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