Due to a shortage of electronic chips, the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) may be forced to issue a Driving Licence (DL) and Certificate of Registration (RC) without the chip embedded beginning in the first week of December.
The shortage of these electronic chips embedded in licenses and RCs is said to be the result of difficulties in importing them from abroad.
To combat the use of counterfeit or duplicate driving licenses and RCs, transportation officials implemented the use of PVC-made electronic chip-embedded smart cards for motorists. An electronic driver’s license (eDL, electronic driver license, electronic driving license) is an official document that includes an electronic chip that stores the holder’s personal information, both biographical and biometrical, for verification.
However, it has been learned that authorities have either stopped issuing cards entirely or have issued fewer cards in the last two months. This is directly related to lower imports of electronic chips, primarily from China and Japan. Aside from restrictions on Chinese imports, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has also had an impact on supplies.
It has been learned that approximately 5 lakh driving licenses or registration certificates are awaiting issuance and are piling up at various regional offices.
According to sources, the transportation department officials had already approached the State government with a request to allow the issuance of piled-up cards without the electronic chip and had received a positive response.
As a result, RTA officials have decided to issue pending driving licenses and RCs to motorists in standard PVC cards without electronic chips until the chips become available again, which is expected in two to three months.
On the other hand, because driving licenses and RCs do not have a security feature like electronic chip smart cards, there is a high risk of identity theft and the cards being forged by fraudsters.
However, officials maintain that this is a temporary arrangement and that the smart cards will be available very soon.
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