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KUWAIT CITY, April 16, (Agencies): The Central Agency for Illegal Residents said it had issued 2,309 driving licenses for illegal residents (bedouns) in 2021. In a statement to KUNA on Saturday, the agency’s acting assistant secretary general for technical affairs and information Abdullah Al-Farhan said that the agency had also renewed 26,472 licenses in 2021.
Issuing driving licenses follows the Cabinet decree number 409/2011 on providing facilitation for illegal residents. Meanwhile, a memorandum on increasing fees for some transactions and services in the Ministry of Interior, including the Residence Affairs Sector and General Traffic Department, will be submitted soon to First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf who will take a decision in this regard, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a reliable source.
The source clarified this step was taken in light of the low fees for transactions and services in the ministry. The memorandum does not include the proposed fees; but if it is approved, the fees will be increased, the source revealed. Asked if fees will be imposed on all types of transactions, the source asserted this is not hearsay and many countries are doing it. Therefore, it is expected that such fees will be applied in large proportion in Kuwait, the source added without mentioning the amount of expected fees.