How to Get a Smart Driving License in Kenya

In Kenya, getting a driver’s license is a process that has been made easier with digital licenses. This article will outline the steps needed to get your smart driving license in Kenya.

A digital driving license in Kenya or Smart Driving License is an electronic version of a physical driver’s license.

The Smart Driving License is stored on a central database and can be accessed by authorized personnel using the Kenya National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) online portal.

The digital license contains all the information on the physical driver’s license, including the driver’s name, photograph, date of birth, gender, blood type, and address.

Lastly, the digital license also has a unique identifier that allows the NTSA to track the driver’s history.

How to get a digital driving license in Kenya

If you’re looking to get your Smart DL, you’ll be happy to know that the process has been made easier by introducing digital licenses. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Go to your computer and log in to your NTSA TIMS account. Suppose you do not have a Tims account. Create one by following this process.
  2. Open the NTSA web portal using this link https://tims.ntsa.go.ke/login_csp.jsp.
  3. Click on Register an account to input your details and follow the procedure to complete registration.
  4. After a successful Login search, choose the ‘Driving license’ option. Click on the ‘Apply for smart driving license’ drop-down menu.
  5. Now fill in the requested details and confirm those already pre-filled. After keying in all the details, click on the ‘next’ button. This will redirect you to the payment section.
  6. The new digital driving license fee is Ksh 3000, Ksh 50 for convenience charges, and Ksh 60 for the MPESA transaction. You will thus need Ksh 3110 in your MPESA account.
  7. Now, follow the provided instructions and complete the payment. Make sure to print out the invoice.
  8. Now go to the ‘New digital driving license’ dashboard and click on “Book Appointment.” Choose a date and time that you will be able to visit the nearest NTSA office with your invoice for Biometrics.

With these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to getting your Smart DL in Kenya in no time!

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How to Renew Your Smart Driving License in Kenya

The process is just as easy as it’s time to renew your license. You can renew your license online through the NTSA portal or at any NTSA office.

To renew your license online, log in to your NTSA TIMS account and go to the DL menu. Click on Renew Smart DL and follow the instructions.

You will be asked to confirm your details and make the payment. Once the payment is successful, you can choose a date and time for your biometrics appointment.

You will need to provide your old license, the renewal form, and the invoice at the appointment.

After your Biometrics are captured, you will be given a temporary license. Your new digital license will be sent to you via email within ten days.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the most asked questions on how to get the new driving license Kenya:

1. How long does it take to get a digital driving license in Kenya?

The whole process of getting a smart driving license in Kenya takes about 1-2 weeks. Trust Me!

2. What do I need to get a digital driving license in Kenya?

An old driving license, an invoice for the new license, and a Kenya National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) online portal account.

3. How much is a digital license in Kenya?

A digital driving license in Kenya costs Ksh 3000, with an additional charge of Ksh 50 for convenience and Ksh 60 for the MPESA transaction.

4. How do I get a smart DL in Kenya?

You can get a smart DL by visiting http://ntsa.go.ke, clicking on the licensing tab, and logging in to your account. From the DL menu, click on Apply Smart DL and make the application.

5. Where do I collect my smart DL?

The smart DL can be picked up at the NTSA location where you completed your Biometrics.

6. How do I book an appointment with smart DL?

You can book an appointment for smart DL by going back to the ‘New digital driving license’ dashboard on your Tims portal and clicking “Book Appointment.”

Choose a date and time that you will be able to visit the nearest NTSA office with your invoice for Biometrics.

7. Can I apply for smart DL in Huduma Centre?

Yes! You can also apply for smart DL in Huduma Centre, provided that you have completed all the online steps and have your invoice.

8. What is the validity period of a smart driving license in Kenya?

A smart driving license in Kenya is valid for three years. After which, it can be renewed for another year.

9. How do I know if my smart DL is ready in Kenya?

You will be notified via SMS once your smart DL is ready for pick up. However, you can also check your NTSA driving license status by SMS if you have waited more than two weeks after completing your application.

10. How do I renew my smart driving license in Kenya?

You can renew your smart driving license by logging in to your NTSA TIMS account and following the instructions.

Conclusion

With these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to getting your Smart DL in Kenya in no time!

Whether you’re applying for a new license or renewing an existing one, the process is quick and easy. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Tim Jumah
Tim Jumah
Jumah has been a content writer for business and technology topics since early 2019. He has experience in writing and marketing and is dedicated to creating informative and engaging content.

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