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AA Kenya is the largest Automobile Association in Kenya with over 100,000 members and branch offices in all major towns countrywide. Internationally we are affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) which represents over 100 million motorists worldwide.

Our Location

Renaissance Corporate Park, Upper Hill
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: 0709933000
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Email: aak@aakenya.co.ke

the front and back of the new kenyan NTSA smart driving license

How to get the new NTSA smart Digital Driving License

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) started rolling out the new generation smart driving licenses in April 2018. The new NTSA smart digital driving licenses look almost like the National ID and contain personal data including your Blood Group. The digital license will have a secure computer chip containing the driver’s information, which will only be readable through special electronic gadgets which are owned and will be managed by NTSA officials. A key feature of the card is the points system that sees points deducted for every traffic offence committed. The technology will encourage good driving habits and reduce the cost of motor vehicle insurance.

Old Kenyan driving license
The old Kenyan Driving License issued before Kenya attained independence IMAGE: Courtesy

Currently, NTSA is in talks with insurance companies to facilitate a new premium pricing model that will partially rely on smart driving licenses to enable them to reward good drivers with lower premiums and raise those of bad drivers. NTSA will have a centralized database profiling driver behaviour where repeat offenders will lose points to an extent of having their driving licenses suspended temporarily or confiscated for good.

Other penalties include on-the-spot fines and/ or attending mandatory refresher driving classes. NTSA Director-General Francis Meja revealed that transactions for instant fines would be cashless in a bid to tame corruption.

Old Kenyan Driving License
The current license that is being replaced with the Smart driving license

Registering on TIMS

Follow the following steps on how to register on TIMS to create an account on the Transport Information Management System (TIMS) website by National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA):

  1. Open your browser and direct it to tims.ntsa.go.ke
  2. On this page you will be presented with three options:

If you are visiting NTSA portal for the first time? Here’s how to register on TIMS

  • Click on the Register an Account link will direct you to the eRegister An Account page. It is from this page that Individuals, Dealers, Agents, Financial Institutions and Companies register on the platform.
How to register on NTSA TIMS (Transport Integrated Management System)
How to register on NTSA TIMS (Transport Integrated Management System)
  1. Click on the Individuals option.
  2. You will be prompted to input your ID Serial No. Be careful not to input your ID Number as what is required is the Serial Number. If your have replaced your ID within the last two years you will have to use your old ID Card’s serial number. (In case the system rejects any of your details you are advised to visit NTSA offices)
  3. Add your KRA PIN Number.
  4. Add your Mother’s Maiden Name.
  5. Add your Occupation and Phone Number.
  6. Request a verification code by clicking on the button next to the phone number.
  7. Input the code you receive on your phone in the verification tab to complete the verification process.
  8. You are now registered on the TIMS platform.
  9. Head back to the home page tims.ntsa.go.ke and Sign In.
  10. Once you have changed your password, click on the “driving license” menu and select “Apply for smart DL”.
  11. You will be charged KES 3,050 and once you have completed the payment and it is processed, you will book an appointment with the NTSA
  12. At the NTSA offices, your details will be confirmed, a passport photo of you and your finger prints be captured
  13. After you have registered, your digital driving license will be ready for collection in 5 working days. (But this is taking longer due to the huge back log they have.)

66 thoughts on “How to get the new NTSA smart Digital Driving License

  1. Point number 13- Not after 5 working days.
    A relative did the confirmation and photos at NTSA on 26 June 2019 and was asked to go for his digital driving license in August 2019

      1. Hello Am duke nyakundi I have 2 classes of interim class be and class A2 how can I combine so that I apply for smart Dl
        Plz help

  2. I applied for DL replacement about 3years ago and paid a fee of not less than sh1700.I visited NTSA 3 times and then asked to go and wait they will call me..since then to date.How do I reclaim my money so as to apply anew?

  3. Due to printing problem ntsa not giving smart card but atlest temporary they have to give printed licence still they are not able to give smart card.how many month we have to wait? Why we west our time and loss of interest of legal fees?

  4. Smart card DL is absolutely smart. I will apply for it as soon as possible. thank you so much.

  5. I had renewed my old DL licence for 3yrs and paid 3000. Is it possible to get a new smart DL without a double pay?

  6. What do you do to a driving school where a student has paid all fees and when it comes to tests the student is told that the school will process the DL for him in a week’s time, then they go silent. Am talking of Unik Driving School, Mombasa

    1. Hi. It’s not possible for a driving school to get for you the physical DL you will need to personally apply for it.

  7. What will happen to cash remaining in your old driving license? In my case, I my DL will expire in 2021. Please advice.

  8. I be renewed my DL last month June 2019 for three yrs ,if l want the smart one how much am l supposed to pay.

  9. When I review my driving classes I can’t see one endorsement. I mean am a holder of A2, B and C1 but on the tims account I only see B,,C.
    How’s that.?

  10. Regarding vehicle kcj199h, when will I get the third identifier sticker? It’s been not delivered to Ntsa Machakos since 3rd October 2018.

  11. After payment you wait until appointment day which takes longer like one month, then after photo and biometric depends on the information you gave is correct

  12. Hi I passed my driving test last year… do I have to wait until the interim driving license expires to get the new dl or should I apply for the new smart driving license immediately?

    1. Hi Nilesh, currently there is a huge back log at NTSA am sure they will release it once they have processed it

  13. Hi, I passed my driving test last year, am yet to receive my driving license. How long should i wait to receive one, either new or old licence

    1. Hi Michael, the government is not issuing the old licences any more. You are required to apply for it personally. Kindly follow the steps above

  14. I applied for my smart DL on 12 June 2019. Went for print out confirmation at NTSA Thika. Was told the DL printing will resume End August or Early September. So, be patient I know most of you are engared to have DL especially those from driving school. It will come my sons and daughters.

  15. Dear Sirs, If you have booked an appointment and you can not make the time because of unforeseen travel. How can you book a new time ?.

    Thank you in advance

      1. Thank you – How do I reach out to you if i can not get through on any of the number. I have been on hold for 2 hours today and given up on physically getting through to you. Which is why I wrote.

        The question is: if you can not make the appoint, what is the procedure to book for a new time ? (without trying to call you)

      2. This is not a duplicate as it will not allow me to send you an additional msesage

        Thank you – How do I reach out to you if i can not get through on any of the number. I have been on hold for 2 hours today and given up on physically getting through to you. Which is why I wrote.

        The question is: if you can not make the appoint, what is the procedure to book for a new time ? (without trying to call you)

  16. I applied for the smart DL in late June 2019 , paid 3050 and was told to wait for one month. My current DL expired on 19th July 2019. What do I do in the meantime?

  17. I also did an exam but I did not apply for the interim, would I be able to get my driving licence?

  18. i would like to apply for a psv class. i have been driving lorries for over five years with bce class but i would like to drive psv vehicles. what should i do or go? felix from machakos

  19. I lost my old driving licence and applied for a duplicate on Feb 2018 through the whole process including submitting supporting documents but since then, my licence has still not been processed. Kindly advise accordingly.

  20. Thank you very much you have saved me a lot of money by digitalizing the renewal of driving license I hope other government institutions will follow suit. We need your office hear at Kitale please! Thanks in advance.

  21. NTSA should now open other offices country wide not to only force us come to upper hill to get the services please.

  22. I applied for smart dl since 7th July of 2019 upto to today 6th of September 2019 i have not receive the licence clearance certificate of police more worst two months and 7 days still on processing not receive yet what digital life this is

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