A driver’s license gives one the official authority to operate a vehicle on any public road. It is usually issued after one has been tested for driving skills and knowledge. In Liberia, one is expected to qualify in certain requirements to be issued with an official valid driver’s license.
First, any candidate interested in obtaining a driver’s license has to be eligible. Eligibility demands one to provide sufficient proof that he/she is of 18 years of age or above. One is then required to make all the necessary payments for the license, attach required documents, and then return the application form to the licensing company. Information needed to be filled in the application form includes full name(s), the date of birth, and citizenship. Foreigners must present proof that shows they are at least 18 years of age, and above. One is also expected to appear in person to the National issuing office for the license.
There are two types of driver’s license; the learner and a full/new driver’s license. A learner’s license allows one to be trained driving, under the supervision of a qualified instructor. It is renewable after three months. Obtaining this requires one to visit the Bureau of Customs and Excise licensing office to fill a driver’s license form and get a medical certificate. Proceed to make payments at the bank and return the invoice to the Tax paper service desk for acknowledgment. You will be advised on when to come for your learner’s license at the Ministry of Transport.
After completing the driving lessons, proceed to any Bureau of Customs and Excise licensing office and apply for a driving test from the area Police Inspectorate of Vehicles. Here, you will be required to pay a fee of $15 (no cash payments) and provide two recent passport size photos (2 × 2) signed on the back, and a complete application form. If you are mailing these, ensure to attach a copy of both sides of your National Identification Card.
After passing the test, you will then apply for a new driver’s license at the Ministry of Transport and wait for about 5 to 15 working days before your permit is ready. In Liberia, a driver’s permit is valid for either 3 years or one year, depending on the fees paid.