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Togo: Characteristics of the driver's licence issued in Togo between 2005 and 2006; the significance of the date inscribed next to the letter B at the back of the licence

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa
Publication Date 10 November 2009
Citation / Document Symbol TGO103295.FE
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Togo: Characteristics of the driver's licence issued in Togo between 2005 and 2006; the significance of the date inscribed next to the letter B at the back of the licence, 10 November 2009, TGO103295.FE, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b20f0475.html [accessed 12 July 2014]
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In a 16 October 2009 meeting with the Research Directorate, two representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Togo in Ottawa noted that the new licence issued by the State of Togo is smaller than the old licence (Togo 16 Oct. 2009). Furthermore, in a 20 October 2009 telephone interview with the Research Directorate, a representative of the Department of Public Works and Transportation of Togo (Ministère des Travaux publics et des Transports du Togo) explained that the new Togolese driver's licence is in the same format as the new identity card, which is laminated and rigid. The Representative also stated that the new licence differs from the previous one, which had many sections and was easy to fake (Togo 20 Oct. 2009). The effective date of the new Togolese driver's permit could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Sources consulted by the Research Directorate stated that the date on the back of the driver's licence represents the date the licence is issued (UN 20 Oct. 2009; Togo 20 Oct. 2009; ibid. 16 Oct. 2009).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Togo. 20 October 2009. Ministère des Travaux publics et des Transports. Telephone interview with a representative.
_____. 16 October. Embassy of the Republic of Togo in Ottawa. Meeting with two representatives.

United Nations (UN). 20 October 2009. UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Representation in Togo. Written correspondence from a representative.

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral sources: Attempts to contact the municipality of Lomé were unsuccessful.

Internet sites, including: Afrol News, AllAfrica.com, LeTogolais.com, Togo News [Brussels], Togo Presse [Lomé], Union des communes du Togo (UCT).

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