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How To Apply For NTSA Smart Driving License Kenya

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How do you apply for NTSA smart driving license in Kenya?

This is a guide on how to apply for NTSA smart driving license via TIMS Online portal and get it quickly in Kenya. The license is commonly referred to as the new generation driving license.

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What is a smart card driving License?

A Smart Driving license is a kind of license that is technology ready. It comes with a chip that contains drivers details like accidents caused, years of driving, vehicle driven e.t.c. It replaces the old driving license that was being used to. It was introduced by Kenya’s National Transport and Safety Board (NTSA)

How to get new smart driving License in Kenya

Before you begin applying for a smart driving license in Kenya be sure to have copies of the following details ID number, phone number, KRA PIN, Ksh 3100 in your M-Pesa. Now let’s get started;

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  1. Visit NTSA Tims portal sign in page or register if you do not have an account. If your account login details are not correct Go to NTSA Likoni Office (we advise this branch because it is not overcrowded. It is located in Likoni Road, Nairobi)
  2. At the login page, enter your id number as the username and password you used when you created your account.
  3. Click Get Code  
  4. A Verification Code will be sent to your phone number. Enter the code and click sign in.
  5. Click on Driving License Tab 
  6. Click on Apply for Smart DL. If all your details are correct, click the next button at the bottom of the page.
  7. Click Pay Button
  8. You will be redirected to the payment page. Select your payment method, pay, and click the complete button 
  9. After clicking the complete button you will be redirected to a page with your invoice. Click the print button and then click save to download a pdf of the invoice for security and reference purposes.
  10. After downloading, go back to the web page and click the Submit button
  11. Select collection location and book the date when your Biometrics will be taken. Green indicates available booking time and date while red indicates that booking time is not available on that date.) 

UPDATE: To get a smart license, You are required to book an appointment with NTSA to be served without much queuing. An SMS will be sent to you when your appointment time or day is ready. To book an appointment just log in to your account and click SmartDL appointment.

How long does it take to get smart driving license

It takes about 3 weeks to get your smart driving license after your biometrics have been taken. However, as systems improve the waiting period should have significantly reduced.

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Where to Resolve NTSA TIMS login or Activation issues

Visit Upperhill NTSA Headquarters and go to Counter 7 where TIMS issues are solved. Be sure to carry your copy of your parent’s ID, your ID and your KRA pin for activation of your account. However, if your details are okay go to the step above.

Be sure to carry a snack as the queues there are long.

Will the Old Driving License still be used?

Yes, The old driving license will still be in use until 80% of the drivers have acquired the Smart Driving License.

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Vanessa Waithera
Vanessa Waithera
Vanessa Waithera is a young writer from Daystar University. She has been a writer for 7 years and enjoys it as a hobby and passion. During her free time she enjoys nature walks, discoveries ,reading and takes pleasure in new challenges and experiences. Contact: [email protected]

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