A driving licence is a mandatory requirement before you set out to drive the Motor Vehicle.
Owning a driving licence in Kenya is not enough, the validity of the licence is all that matters. If in any case you are found to own an invalid driving licence, you can either fined be or put behind bars by Kenyan law enforcers.
How To Check Driving Licence Validity In Kenya
For drivers with the old driving licence, (the red booklet) or the new driving licence in Kenya, Below are easy ways to check driving license validity.
1. Use Ecitizen Portal
NTSA Driving License Checker Online steps
Step 1: Log into the ecitizen portal.
Step 2: Go to the NTSA services.
Step 3: Check licence listing.
Step 4: You can verify if the details on the hard copy are matching those of the soft copy.
2. Use Your TIMS Account
NTSA allows you to access online self-help care. For drivers with the SMART driving licence, make sure you are registered on TIMS. TIMS stands for, Transport Integrated Management System.
An active TIMS account will have details of your driving licence. To check licence validity in the TIMS account
Step 1: Log in to the TIMS account
Step 2: The account will verify the name and number of the holder
Step 3: The expiry date should be similar to the one on the driving licence. If not, the driving licence is invalid.
3. Use NTSA Apps
You can also use an NTSA mobile App for NTSA Driving License Check
Step 1: Download the NTSA mobile
Step 2: App Log in
Step 3: Enter your ID number in the driving licence
Step 4: Press the verification tab
Step 5: Wait for a confirmation message from NTSA, the message will appear as ‘Valid’ or ‘Invalid’
If you cannot access online services or run out of data bundles, here are offline methods to check your license validity.
4. Visit NTSA Offices
NTSA Driving License Check can be done manually.
You can physically visit the NTSA offices.
Give the details on the hard copy to the attendant officer.
The details will be run in the database to check; the existence of the driving licence, the holder and personal details.
If the licence is not valid, the details will not match.
5. Use SMS Code
It is also possible to check your license validity using your own mobile phone.
You can simply send a short message to the SMS code 22846 by sending the word DL followed by the driver’s ID number without leaving any spaces in between.
Wait for an SMS from NTSA confirming the validity of the licence.
All these options give you several options on how to check driving licence validity