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Over 50% of checked Zimbabwean drivers lack valid driving licenses

As per the National Road Traffic Act 1996 (NRTA), it is mandatory for drivers to possess a valid Driver’s License and Professional Driving Permit (PrDP), or its equivalent from SADC countries, including Zimbabwe. To ensure adherence to these regulations, we conduct thorough verifications directly at the custodian of records in the issuing countries, including Swaziland, Malawi, and South Africa.


Our verification process extends beyond licenses and permits; we also scrutinize International Driving Permits and conduct checks on Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) and engine numbers. Our commitment to accuracy and reliability is reflected in the statistics we’ve gathered from our checks:


  • Shockingly, 32% of Zimbabwean driver’s licenses and a staggering 66% of their PrDPs have been found to be fraudulent.
  • Throughout 2020 and 2021, we’ve observed alarming trends in the authenticity of credentials. For instance, in January 2021, 41% of checks revealed fake documents, while in September 2020, a staggering 60% were found to be invalid.


These statistics underscore the pressing need for vigilance in verifying driver credentials. Notably, South African license holders are not immune to this issue, as approximately 10- 15% of verifications for South African licenses also return as invalid.


The implications of employing drivers with fake credentials are severe, ranging from potential insurance claim repudiation to compromised road safety. Therefore, it is crucial for fleet operators and insurance companies to partner with a trusted verification service like ours to mitigate these risks effectively.


Don’t take chances with road safety. Partner with us to ensure that your drivers hold legitimate credentials, safeguarding both lives and livelihoods on the road.