Comfort and peace of mind are supreme when it comes to being on the road. A driving license which is a documented authority to operate one or more motor vehicles needs to be in order in such a case. So how does one earn this in the first place?
To be qualified to attain a valid driving license in Kenya
- One must be 16 years of age for a motorcycle and 18 years for the motor vehicle.
- The public service drivers are required to be 24 years and above. The driver must also have a driving license for not less than 4 years.
According to Section 31 of the Traffic Act, a DL is issued once the applicant has
- Passed the driving test.
- Declared that they have no disability that will jeopardize road safety.
- With or without glasses shown ability to read a vehicle identification plate at a distance of twenty-five meters.
The Provisional Driving License
The (PDL) is a requirement of the Traffic Act Section 33 which one must have to be allowed to take a course in driving and learn how to drive. This PDL holder will be allowed to be on the road only if accompanied by a qualified driver holding a valid driving license. How to apply for a PDL:
- Visit the TIMS NTSA PORTAL: tims.ntsa.go.ke/login
- Register and/or log in.
- Select driving license.
- Select- application for Provisional Driving License.
- Fill in the details required.
- Pay the fee as instructed.
- Download the PDL document.
This will allow you to take a driving school course. Once done, the test is downloaded at the NTSA TIMS website at a fee.
The Licensed Driver Proofs
- A hard copy of the printed license.
- A smart license at hand. This is a digital driving license.
- A soft copy of the license.
- An SMS confirmation from 22846 which gives the license details. (Done by sending a short message to the SMS code 22846 by sending the word DL followed by drivers ID number -no spaces in between)