Everything is digital today, from car number plates to driving licenses. All thanks to NTSA. Let’s share how you can get a new digital driving license.
This guide helps those who still have an old driving license. For those with new but expired ones, you need to pay Ksh. 3000 and apply for the new license again.
Kenya’s National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) introduced the new digital driving license in 2018.
The new license is a smart card that contains all the information about the driver, including their name, photo, blood type, and driving history.
Reasons why the NTSA introduced the new digital driving license:
- The digital license is more difficult to counterfeit to reduce fraud than old paper licenses. This helps to protect drivers from fraud and identity theft.
- Second, the new license is more convenient for drivers. The smart card is smaller and more durable than the old paper-based license. It is also easier to carry and store.
- To make it easier for drivers to renew their licenses. The digital license can be renewed online, which makes the process more convenient for drivers.
- It’s more efficient for the NTSA. The smart card can be easily updated with new information, such as changes in the driver’s address or driving history. This saves the NTSA time and resources.
Kenya’s new digital driving license is a more secure, convenient, and efficient way to identify drivers. It is also a step towards a more digitized and efficient transportation system in Kenya.
Benefits of the new digital driving license in Kenya:
- Increased security: The new license is more difficult to forge or counterfeit than the old paper-based license.
- Increased convenience: The new license is smaller and more durable than the old paper-based license. It is also easier to carry and store.
- Increased efficiency: The NTSA can easily update the new license with new information, such as changes in the driver’s address or driving history.
- Improved road safety: The new license can track driver behavior and identify high-risk drivers. This can help to improve road safety in Kenya.
The process to upgrade to the digital license:
Create an account on the NTSA TIMS portal. You can do this by visiting https://tims.ntsa.go.ke/ and clicking on the “Create Account” button.
Once you have created an account, log in and go to the “Driving Licence” section. Click on the “Apply for Smart Driving Licence” button.
Fill out the application form and pay the application fee of Ksh 3000. Schedule an appointment at an NTSA office.
Visit the NTSA office on your appointment date and submit your application documents. Have your biometrics captured and your photo taken.
Collect your new driving license after 14 working days. Here are the documents you need to apply for a new driving license in Kenya:
- A passport-size photo
- A copy of your national ID card or passport
- Payment receipts from NTSA.
Applying for a new driving license in Kenya costs Ksh 3000. This includes the application fee and the cost of the smart card.