Relief as Ugandan drivers are given up to September 1st to renew driving permits

The Ugandan government, through the ministry of Works and Transport, has given drivers whose driving permits have expired up to September 1st to renew them. The State Minister for transport Fred Byamukama says that this has been done in response to the lifting of the 42-day lockdown which had led to the temporary closure of the Uganda Security Printing Company, the agency in charge of issuing driving permits.

Right from December 1st, 2020, Ugandans applying for driving permits have been required to do so through the new company. This was after the end of tenure for Face Technologies, the company that was handling the process earlier. It would, however, take up to March 1st, 2021 for the Uganda Security Printing Company (USPC) to start operations through the Uganda Driving License system.

This came with new changes to the Ugandan driving permits, announced by the Ministry of Works and Transport, expected to come with security features that could reduce cases of fraud and forgery.

Some of the changes to the driving permits included compliance with ISO requirements and Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP) which aims at having a uniform card for the three regional blocks EAC, SADC, and COMESA. This means that holders of the new cards should be able to drive through member states with almost no restrictions.

The new driving permits are valid for 5 years in addition to the existing 1 year and 3-year validity. This will save many drivers’ time in terms of visits and even money spent during these visits.

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How much are the driving permits in Uganda?

Learner’s/Provisional Licenses60,000
New Full Driving License135,000230,000330,000
Driving License Renewal130,000210,000310,000
Duplicate Driving License121,000121,000120,000
Class Extension for each class121,000121,000121,000
Foreign Exchange230,000230,000330,000
Text Fees for each class25,00025,00025,000

Drivers of commercial vehicles will receive the Professional Driving Permit (PrDP). These are drivers of passenger vehicles with more than 8 passengers and goods vehicles that carry more than 3500 kg. Those that completed the process at Face Technologies are advised to wait for the notification on when they can pick their license then go to UDLS offices at the main Railway Station on plot 57 Nasser road.

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