Morocco Forges Ahead with Conversion to Electronic Driving Licenses

Taroudant, Morocco- The Ministry of Equipment and Transport has introduced a new procedure to renew driving licenses: the old paper-based driving licenses are being replaced with new electronic licenses.Article 309 of Law No. 52-05 requires all paper-based driving license to be replaced by electronic licenses by the following deadlines established by the Ministry:1. October 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013 — paper-based licenses issued before January 1, 1980; 2. January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 — paper-based licenses issued between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1996;3. From January 1 to December 31, 2014 — paper based licenses issued between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2002;4. From January 1, to September 30, 2015 — paper-based licenses issued after 1 January 2003.To facilitate the procedure, the Ministry has announced that those wishing to convert their driver’s licenses from paper to electronic, can now make appointments online on the company Assiaqa Card website.The Ministry is urging all citizens who have not yet begun the process of renewing their licenses to book their appointments online in accordance with the schedule to avoid overcrowding at the offices in charge of renewing the driving licenses.The Ministry has also made it possible for citizens to track the progress of their applications via text message (SMS) by texting 3535 any time.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more