Last week, changes to the Highway Code took effect and among the various measures approved in November 2020 was a new graphic design of the letter, which now has a computer code that makes it digital. The new model started to be manufactured this Monday and it is now known that the Institute of Mobility and Transport (IMT) may this year start to make driving licenses “on the spot”, a service especially for professionals and for those who have lost the document.

The National Press Casa da Moeda (INCM) started to manufacture driving licenses with a new model, graphics and a computer code that makes it digital, without having to carry a wallet for inspection by the authorities, as already foreseen in the new changes of the Code. Cited by the Lusa agency, in the session for the presentation of the driving license, the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Jorge Delgado, stated that the new document, which includes holographic printing and a two-dimensional QR barcode, “gives greater security guarantees, contributing to combat fraud “.

Click on the images to see the new driving license model

This code, readable by mobile phone cameras, will make it possible to scan the document and have it available without the card itself. The chairman of INCM’s board of directors, Gonçalo Caseiro, told Lusa that the card includes several security mechanisms, but not all of them can be made public, because “the secret is still the soul of the business”.

INCM explained in a video that it published on YouTube channel the news

One of the elements that can be revealed and that is clearly visible in the new model of driving license is the holographic print in the lower right corner: “depending on the angle in which you look at the license, sometimes you see the photograph or the license number and this is one of the security elements that makes it practically impossible “a reproduction that looks, to the naked eye, a normal card.

400,000 driving licenses issued online since 2017

Driving licenses, which have existed in Portugal since 1910, have been manufactured for 60 years at INCM, a publicly traded company. Eduardo Feio, president of IMT, said that since 2017 400 thousand letters have been issued online, more than 200 thousand of which in 2020, through the INCM website, which passes the information to the Casa da Moeda, achieving delivery times between 15 and 30 days.

Every year, between 800 and 900 thousand driving licenses are issued, about 100 thousand of which are new titles and the rest, renewals.

Driving license at the “hour” already this year?

Cited by the Lusa agency, and on the sidelines of the presentation of the new driving license model at INCM, the president of IMT, Eduardo Feio, said that there are conditions for a project, included in the public administration’s Simplex program, to start later this year. “The person goes to the IMT counter and just like the passport, which we can obtain today on the same day, we can start to have a letter” on the spot “that will be essentially for professionals or for those who have lost it, to be able to quickly issue” a new document, he explained. However, the service will only be available in some parts of the country, and which ones are not yet known.

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