Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
February 29, 2008
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor are the first to receive the new drivers license from the Inland Revenue Department.
The senior government officials were presented the licenses at a brief ceremony at the Inland Revenue Department on Friday. Systems Analyst Alston Johnson explained that this new card will significantly expedite the issuing of drivers license and boasts a number of security features.
“One of the major selling points is that you get your license basically in five minutes,” he said, noting that this is the estimated time that will be spent filling out the relevant paperwork, having a digital photo taken and having the card processed.
The new card has many security features that were designed by the Traffic Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force in collaboration with the Inland Revenue Department. These features will allow the license to be readily accepted as a form of identification by various international agencies.
Prime Minister Douglas noted that this new development is in keeping with the continued advancement of the Federation.
“I want to emphasize that more and more “¦ our people will become reliant upon improved technology as it impacts (doing) business in the world,” said Prime Minister Douglas noting, that his Government has a broad strategy in place to facilitate the expansion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services in St. Kitts and Nevis. He added that the new National ICT Center and other tools are being employed to ensure the populace has the necessary knowledge to function in this new environment.
The general public will be informed further about how they can obtain the new cards on Monday.