Car registration documents for Cameroon's vehicle owners will henceforth be produced with digital features. This novelty has been in effect since 17 August 2020, according to the countryโ€™s Transport Minister Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe.

โ€œThe Minister of Transport informs the general public that within the framework of reforms undertaken with the view to securing and modernizing transport documents, a new format for the issuance of car registration certificates was put into use since 17 August across the national territory,โ€ Ngalle Bibehe said in a 19 August statement announcing the development.

Digital features of new car registration certificates in Cameroon

According to the Cameroon transport minister, the new digital car registration certificates will be produced in the model of PVC credit cards and will be embedded with visible and invisible cutting-edge security chips that will make real-time authentication possible.

On the security guarantees of the new format, Ngalle Bibehe said: โ€œBeyond the technical aspects, the new car registration certificate offers better transport and storage flexibility as well as better protection and security.โ€

For car users who still hold valid certificates of the old format, the minister said the documents will remain relevant until their date of expiry. He however added that after such expiry, anyone who fails to procure the new one will be exposing themselves to sanctions provided for by the regulations in force.

As part of a broader program by the government of Cameroon to digitize how it renders most of its public services, the Transport Ministry has since taken steps to ensure the production of transport documents that not only guarantee security but also reduce chances of forgery. In May 2020, the ministry introduced a digital application for the production of a special kind of technical inspection sticker for vehicles. The digital sticker makes it possible to detect whether or not a vehicle plying the roads has undergone appropriate technical inspection and roadworthiness procedures recommended by the government.

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