KUWAIT: The interior ministry yesterday launched the system of renewing driving licenses online for expats at The Avenues mall in the presence of Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs and Operations Maj Gen Jamal Al-Sayegh and other senior officials. It said the traffic and operations sector in cooperation with the IT department launched the service of renewing driving licenses through the interior ministry's website.

The ministry added that the renewal procedure involves logging on to www.moi.gov.kw and following the instructions. The license can then be collected from self-service kiosks located at The Avenues mall (Rai), Kout mall (Fahaheel) and interior ministry service centers.

Well-informed security sources told Al-Anbaa daily that those who prefer personal transactions will still be able to do so by visiting relevant traffic departments and service centers. The sources added that the interior ministry is working on deploying enough machines to deliver the driving licenses after sending holders text messages directing them to certain kiosks in certain locations to collect the new licenses using their civil IDs for identification along with the expired licenses.

"However, getting replacements for lost or damaged licenses requires a visit to the concerned traffic department," the sources said. They added that more online services will be launched soon, since the online residency visa renewal infrastructure has already been completed.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun