How to Apply for the New Smart Driving License from NTSA

Do you know that you can now apply for a smart Driving License from NTSA?

If you are like most Kenyans, you have at one time, or another found the red book like driving license unattractive or even cumbersome.

Well, those days are now gone. You can now easily exchange your old driving license for the new digital one by just following a few steps online.

Before we go to the application process, here is some 411 about the new digital driving license:

The new smart driving license from NTSA costs 3,050kes, and everyone will be required to have migrated to it by January 2021.

It will also contain a host of information, including your blood type, biometrics, and any traffic offenses you might have committed!

This information will be contained in a chip that can only be read by special card readers to be used by NTSA.

This digital DL, which looks much like your ID, will work on a point system where points will be docked for bad behavior on the roads.

Different offenses will carry different point’s value.

You will be started with 100 points, and if these fall to 40, your driving license will be revoked for 6 months or even permanently. So stay woke people!

But that’s not all. As the system settles down, this digital DL could have several other implications.

Because the card will record all your driving behavior, this information will be useful to insurance companies when determining how to insure you and your car.

NTSA is currently in talks with insurance companies to have good drivers rewarded with low premiums, and bad drivers punished with high premiums.

In future, your driving history will also be valuable to employers.

There might be some ethics involved here, but employers run background checks all the time.

Nothing like your driving history (multiple offenses, warnings, etc.) to tell them whether you are a risky employ or not.

Focusing on the positive, you will no longer have to carry the red book around with you much longer!

Before you can apply for a smart DL, you need to have an account on the Transport Information Management System (TIMS) run by NTSA.

To create the account:

1. Go tims.ntsa.go.ke.

2. If you already have an account, all you have to do is log in.

3. If you don’t have an account, click on the register button at the bottom of the page.

4. This will redirect you to the page below. Select ‘individual’ option and input your ID Serial Number.

5. You will then fill in other required details such as KRA PIN, names, and phone number.

6. If all the information is correct, request for a verification code which will be sent to your phone.

7. Input the code on the verification tab, and you are now registered with TIMS.

To Apply for the Smart DL

1. Once you have created an account with TIMS, go back to tims.ntsa.go.ke and sign in.

2. You will be given several options- select ‘Driving License’.

3. This page will have all the details of the current driving license that you are holding.

4. On the left-hand side of the page, select the option ‘Apply for smart DL.’

5. You will be taken to a page with your current DL details where you will be asked to verify that all information, specifically the class, is correct.

6. If all the information is correct, then you should proceed to apply by clicking the ‘next’ button at the bottom of the page.

7. If there is something that you would like to correct, do so using the red link at the top of the page. You will have to wait for your information to be corrected before proceeding with the application.

8. On the next page you will be asked to make payment, and you will be redirected to a payment page with several payment options:

9. After making payment successfully, you will be required to book an appointment with NTSA.

10. At the appointment, NTSA will take your photo, fingerprints, and any other relevant details.

11. Typically, your smart DL should be ready in 5 working days. NTSA has, however, been experiencing a backlog, and you might have to wait a little bit longer than that.

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Wanjiku
Wanjiku

Hey, Apart from my ID is there anything else I need to carry from my appointment? Also arethe fingerprints and photo only done at NTSA, I indicated collection at Huduma Center can I do the process there

Croton Motors
Croton Motors
Admin
Reply to  Wanjiku

Just your ID, nothing else. The photo and fingerprints can be collected at the Huduma Center.

RASHID ONLINE CYBER
RASHID ONLINE CYBER

Hi the process of applying for smart DL is excellent especially people with new account but people with old tims account forgot their passwords and others change phone numbers. no near NTSA office. please create Email where users can mail documents for processing DL.

JOSEPH
JOSEPH

HOW WILL IGET IT

Dan
Dan

My Huduma centre visit date for SDL expired, how do i renew

Barnou
Barnou
Reply to  Dan

Asking the same question also.

JOSEPH
JOSEPH
Reply to  Croton Motors

GIME THEIY NUMBER

vincent
vincent

how long does it take to make corrections on the Driving licence before applying for a smart one

Caleb
Caleb

I have tried applying for the smart card but it keeps on telling me I have a pending application and again you’ve said that it start with 100 points yet mine is 20 and I’ve not yet received the dl ?

Miriam
Miriam
Reply to  Caleb

If you are applying for the first time,you have to pay for the interim first,then the smart dl follows..the interim payment is the application that is pending

JAYDAH
JAYDAH
Reply to  Miriam

THANK YOU I HAD THIS ISSUE TOO. NOW I KNOW.

Juma Stephen Wanjala
Juma Stephen Wanjala

Yes

robert ouma
robert ouma

I’m trying to apply for the smart driving license but it’s telling me pending application

Chillion mariera
Chillion mariera
Reply to  robert ouma

Am also facing the same challenge

JAYDAH
JAYDAH

First pay for the interim. That’s the pending payment.

jane otieno
jane otieno

Hi,go to “Pay for new Driving licence “and pay 750 then proceed to “apply for smart DL”

carol
carol

I am trying to register on tims but the system does not accept my ID no. at the ID Serial No. point it says person not found. Kindly guide on this

George
George
Reply to  Croton Motors

Just go to ntsa

Hadasssah
Hadasssah
Reply to  carol

Could be that you took another id card, please use the latest id card serial number

jane otieno
jane otieno
Reply to  carol

Hi Carol,if you had lost and misplaced your ID the serial number of your ID has Changed.Visit NTSA offices in upperhill for them to update

Sheila
Sheila
Reply to  carol

Hey Carol, your ID number and ID serial number are two different things….ID serial number is at the top left of your ID card while ID number is at the top right….try inputting the serial number instead of ID number

Bhoke
Bhoke

After getting to the apply smart DL option,the site collapses and I can’t get through to NTSA through the phone numbers provided. Anyone else experiencing this?

prathap
prathap

how to apply for interim driving license from tims

VICTORIA
VICTORIA

Hello, was applying for smart dl and am notified that there is pending application. what does this mean?

Jane
Jane

Hey, am trying to apply for smart card and the system reflects there is pending payments. I completed my classes December 2020 this is my first DL. what should i do plz.

Simon
Simon

My dl got burned and I never reported

Simon Maina
Simon Maina
Reply to  Croton Motors

Do I need a police abstract?

John
John

I lost my smart how to reapply

DR. GEORGE WAINAINA
DR. GEORGE WAINAINA

I cannot register. When I try to register, I am advised that there is a typo. What shall I do?

Mtu
Mtu

How do I download appointment letter for smart dl

Felistas
Felistas

Hello! Am applying for smart dl but, it says I have pending application

esther
esther

hi,an unable to apply for my smart dl ,and i have a pdl which will expire on july 19.
Kindly what could be the problem?

esther
esther
Reply to  Croton Motors

when i open the tims account its telling me to apply for a Pdl yet the current pdl i have will expire on july 19 2021.Do the two have a relation ,must the PDL Expire first for Smart dl to be applied?

elvis muyesu
elvis muyesu

hy i applied for interim bt is not reflecting in my account for printing

Galgallo
Galgallo

I have not gotten my smart dl its now two months since they took my fingerprints

CAROLINE
CAROLINE

my interim expired but I’m unable to apply for my Dl. when i log in to my Tims, it says error and no information about me is found when you go to my dl or apply for smart dl. kindly help

Nobert
Nobert

Is one allowed to choose where to book for the appointment or the system just chooses for you because i did my exam at a different place and i want to book my appointment at my current location

Wario Dadacha
Wario Dadacha

I had interim which expired.now I would like to have smart DL

Synthia
Synthia

Hey,when I click the apply for smart dl option it says I have a pending application..what does that mean?