The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has announced that drivers should apply and acquire the new look smart driving license by July or risk attracting instant fines.
The move viewed as a way of the Government to extort money from Kenyans has been received with overwhelming criticism as a large section of Kenyans still have valid driving licenses of the old generation.
The decision was reached in a meeting by the NTSA in Mombasa led by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
“The issuance of manual driving licenses will be suspended by July 1. We are going to start trials on instant fines immediately and by July 1, we will go fully on the issue of fines as we cease issuing manual driving licenses. We are migrating to digital and that’s the way forward,” CS Matiang’i said.
NTSA is hence calling upon motorists who already applied for the smart driver’s license but are yet to collect them at the NTSA offices in Nairobi to go collect them.
An E-License is a smart card that costs 3,050 shillings and is renewed every three years.
The E-License has an electronic chip containing the name, blood group and other biometric data of the driver.
To get your E-License, do the following:
Create an NTSA TIMS account
You will need to create an account on the NTSA TIMS platform
You will need to log in to your NTSA TIMS account with an NTSA agent
This is when they confirm your personal details including the blood type information and county of residence.
You are now required to make a payment of 3,050 shillings through M-Pesa for the new smart Kenyan driving license
Book appointment date
After paying, you will be needed to make an appointment date in the Kenyan County of your choice.
Kindly book in advance to avoid any inconvenience.
Biometrics and signature
You will now be required to take a digital picture as they also take your biometrics and digital signature.
Your license will then printed and headed for validation
The last step is validating your E-license and you are good to face those traffic cops.
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