A driving license is issued as an authority to allow a person to drive a motor vehicle of any class on a road. No person shall be allowed to drive a motor vehicle on road unless he is the holder of a valid driving license or a provisional license endorsed in respect of that class of vehicle. No person shall be entitled to more than one driving license, but a driving license may be endorsed to permit the holder to drive one or more classes of motor vehicle.
Driving licenses shall upon expiry be renewed on production and upon payment of the prescribed fee. The renewal period will either be valid for a period of twelve (12) months or three (3) years from the date of issue at the option of the holder.
Driving License in Kenya – NOTE:
No driving license or provisional license shall be granted to any person
- Under the age of sixteen years;
- Under the age of eighteen (18) years, except in respect of motor cycles; or
- Endorsed in respect of matatus and motor-omnibuses, unless he
- Is over the age of twenty four (24) years; and
- Has for not less than four (4) years held a license endorsed in respect of motor-cars or commercial vehicles.
Any person driving a motor vehicle on a road shall carry his driving license or provisional license, and on being so required by a police officer, produce it for examination.
Driving License in Kenya – Conditions for Granting of Driving License in Kenya
A licensing officer shall not grant an applicant a driving license endorsed in respect of any class of motor vehicle unless the applicant –
- Satisfies the licensing officer that
- He has passed a test of competence to drive that class of motor vehicle and that he holds a certificate of competence
- Is the holder of a valid driving license for that class of motor vehicle granted by a competent authority in a member country of the Commonwealth, or
- Is the holder of an international driving permit
2. Makes a declaration as to whether or not he is suffering from any such disease or physical disability which would be likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle to be a source of danger to the public
3. Is able to read, with glasses if worn, a motor vehicle identification plate at a distance of twenty five (25) metres. A person who is totally blind or blind in one eye is not allowed to hold a driving license.
If it appears to a licensing officer that there is reason to believe that the applicant for any driving license is suffering from disease or physical disability likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle, of the class or classes in respect of which the application for a license is made, to be a source of danger to the public, such application may be disapproved unless the applicant –
- Produces a certificate from a medical practitioner stating that in the opinion of such medical practitioner the applicant is physically fit to drive the class or classes of motor vehicle in question; and
- Undergoes and passes a driving test.
Digital Driving License in Kenya
Uhuru to launch digital driving licences in Kenya
Kenyan motorists will later this month switch to use of digital driving licences, whose rollout is expected to begin ahead of the August 8 elections.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) yesterday said 100,000 of the smart cards have been made in readiness for distribution to motorists.
The NTSA, which is progressively digitising its operations, has acquired 500 card readers to decode user information and traffic offences history. The information will be recorded in a chip that is embedded in the plastic card.
The card comes loaded with points to be deducted every time a motorist commits a traffic offence. Repeat offenders who will have exhausted their points will permanently lose their licences, have them confiscated temporarily, pay spot fines or be made to attend refresher driving classes.
The NTSA now says it is ready to go live with the new licences — whose prototypes leaked out this week — and that final preparations for the launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta is underway.
“The licences will bear details of the holders, including their photos. The chip stores driving histories and serves as a payment wallet connected to the Judiciary,” NTSA’s head of ICT, Fernando Wangila said.
“Upon its launch later this month, the rollout will be progressively escalated to ensure that we have more card readers on the roads and enough licences printed and ready to meet demand for new applications as well as renewals.”
The points system, widely used in the West to tame drivers, will see each motorist’s card loaded with 20 points that are to be deducted progressively at a rate proportional to the offence committed.
Misdemeanours like overlapping will see drivers lose a single point from their accounts over and above getting fined. A driver will have a week or so to recover this “lost” point if he or she doesn’t commit other offences.
Serious offences like drunk driving and speeding will result in deductions of more than 10 points, fines and a raft of other disciplinary measures that could see one lose their licence for life. The NTSA will also share the information on rogue drivers with insurance firms, a move that could see such drivers’ premiums rise as they will be deemed to be risky clients.
The NTSA in March signed a Sh2.1 billion contract with the National Bank of Kenya for the manufacture and formulation of the smart licences aimed at revolutionising enforcement of traffic laws.
Dr Wangila said that National Bank is working with Vienna-based digital payment solutions provider Austria Card to supply an undisclosed number of the licences.
The authority reckons there are over three million registered drivers in its database. Over the next three years, the smart driving licences will be distributed to motorists starting with new applicants and those renewing their permits.
Driving Licence Renewal Kenya News
The National Transport and Safety Authority has announced a major a step in enhancing efficiency in the renewal of driving licenses in the country.
Persons seeking to renew their licenses will now have to visit NTSA’s online portal to apply for the document.
The online renewal of driving licenses follows the introduction of E-citizen portal for government payment services.
The authority, in a paid up newspaper advertisement, announced that effective November 15, no new driving licenses will be issued from banks or Huduma Centres.
“We wish to advise the public that with effect from November 15, 2014 manual renewals of driving license in banks and Huduma centres will cease,” read the announcement on Wednesday’s daily newspapers.
To access the service, members of the public will be required to visit the authority’s portal (www.ntsa.go.ke
) and sign up for an e-citizen account. One will need their National Identification number for successful sign up.
Users will then be prompted to sign in to use the NTSA services. Other services that the portal will offer include applying for a provisional driving license and booking a driving test.
Payment for license renewal will be made using available mobile money services; a three-year licence will cost Sh1400 plus a Sh50 convinience fee. A one-year licence on the other hand will cost Sh600 and Sh50 convinience fee.
After successful application, one will be able to print their renewal slip.
Currently, persons wishing to renew their driving licenses are required to visit banks that have partnered with the authority to pay and pick up the new licenses.
The service has also been available in Huduma Centres after they were rolled out early this year.
Kenya Driving Licence Renewal – Video