In Kenya, overseeing the road transport sector, licensing, and regulation fall under the jurisdiction of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), a governmental agency. Its portfolio includes a range of responsibilities, including online services like driver testing, licensing, motor vehicle registration, inspections, and more.
Accessing these services is conveniently facilitated through eCitizen, a comprehensive online platform that offers various government services in one place. Through this portal, you can readily apply for and renew your driving license. However, the common scenario of not having your driving license on hand while you’re on the go is relatable to many. Read our recent post on how to apply for a new smart driving license in Kenya.
Encounters with law enforcement officers who wish to verify the legitimacy of your driving license can occur. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t possess your license physically, this article is tailored to address your concern. We’ll guide you through the process of checking the validity of your driving license in such circumstances.
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How to Check Driving License Expiry Date in Kenya (2023)
Below are the three ways to check your driver’s license expiry date in Kenya:
1. via SMS
- Type “DL” followed by your national ID number and send it to 22846.
- You will receive an SMS message with the expiry date of your driving license.
2. via the NTSA app
- Download the NTSA app from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
- Open the app and sign in with your NTSA account.
- Click on “View Application Status” and select “Verify License”.
- Enter your national ID number and you will see the expiry date of your driving license.
3. via the eCitizen website
- Go to the eCitizen website and log in to your account.
- Click on “NTSA Services” and select “Driving License Services”.
- Click on “Check License Listing” and enter your national ID number. You will see the expiry date of your driving license.
For a similar article read our comprehensive guide on How to check your NHIF status in Kenya.
Why should you renew your Driver’s license in Kenya?
According to the Kenyan constitution, specifically under Section 30(1) and (7), there’s a penalty of Kshs 7,000 for individuals who are found driving without the appropriate driving license endorsement for the specific class of vehicle.
Furthermore, as outlined in Sections 30(4) and 4, failing to renew your driving license can result in a fine of Kshs 1,000. It’s important to note that the process of renewing this vital document is relatively inexpensive, and it can be conveniently completed online from the comfort of your home or office. With this in mind, it’s advisable to be aware of your license’s validity status and ensure it remains up to date.