About NTSA Kenya

NTSA Kenya: National Transport and Safety Authority Act (NTSA) is a statutory body established by the National Transport and Safety Authority Act (2012) to bring about sanity in our roads. To this end, NTSA, brings together under one roof the functions of Motor Vehicle Registration, Transport Licensing and Motor Vehicle Inspection, Road Safety, Driver Testing and some extent Traffic Law enhancement.

NTSA was established through an Act of Parliament; Act Number 33 on 26th October 2012. The objective of forming the Authority was to harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments and help in effectively managing the road transport sub-sector and minimizing loss of lives through road accidents.

Vision:  Sustainable and Safe Road Transport System with Zero crashes.
Mission: To facilitate the provision of safe, reliable, efficient road transport services.

Functions of the Authority as outlined in section 4 of the NTSA Act are:

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    To advise and make recommendations on matters relating to road transport and safety,

  • To implement policies relating to road transport and safety
  • To plan, manage and regulate the road transport sector in accordance with the provisions of the Act, and,
  • To ensure the provision of safe, reliable and efficient road transport service.

NTSA’S Mandate

  • Register and licence motor vehicles,
  • Conduct motor vehicle inspection and certification,
  • Regulate public service vehicles,
  • Advise the Government on national policy with regard to road transport sector,
  • Develop and implement road safety strategies,
  • Facilitate the education of members of the public on road safety,
  • Conduct research and audits on road safety,
  • Compile inspection reports relating to traffic accidents,
  • Establish systems and procedures for, and oversee the training, testing and licensing of drivers,
  • Formulate and review the curriculum of driving schools, and
    coordinate the activities of persons and organizations dealing in matters relating to road safety.

NTSA ecitizen

You can now access NTSA services using your eCitizen account. Apply and pay for your provisional driving license (PDL), book your driving test and download your interim driving license online. To access NTSA services click here!

NTSA Portal

NTSA Driving License Checker


Using the app, you can now be able to perform all the enquiries regarding the validity of various compliances status in the transport sector.

1)You can check the Inspection status of your motor vehicle.
2)You can check the status of your Driving Licence.
3)You can check your Road Service and Licencing status.
4)You can check the status of your Sacco Licence
5)You can check the Status of the PSV Licencing.
6)You can check the status of vehicle’s night travel licence.

Download app

NTSA Psv Application

NTSA Driving License

A driving license is issued as an authority to allow a person to drive a motor vehicle of any class on a road. No person shall be allowed to drive a motor vehicle on road unless he is the holder of a valid driving license or a provisional license endorsed in respect of that class of vehicle. No person shall be entitled to more than one driving license, but a driving license may be endorsed to permit the holder to drive one or more classes of motor vehicle.

Driving licenses shall upon expiry be renewed on production and upon payment of the prescribed fee. The renewal period will either be valid for a period of twelve (12) months or three (3) years from the date of issue at the option of the holder.


No driving license or provisional license shall be granted to any person

  1. Under the age of sixteen years;
  2. Under the age of eighteen (18) years, except in respect of motor cycles; or
  3. Endorsed in respect of matatus and motor-omnibuses, unless he
    1. Is over the age of twenty four (24) years; and
    2. Has for not less than four (4) years held a license endorsed in respect of motor-cars or commercial vehicles.

Any person driving a motor vehicle on a road shall carry his driving license or provisional license, and on being so required by a police officer, produce it for examination.


A licensing officer shall not grant an applicant a driving license endorsed in respect of any class of motor vehicle unless the applicant –

  1. satisfies the licensing officer that
    1. He has passed a test of competence to drive that class of motor vehicle and that he holds a certificate of competence
    2. Is the holder of a valid driving license for that class of motor vehicle granted by a competent authority in a member country of the Commonwealth, or
    3. Is the holder of an international driving permit
  2. Makes a declaration as to whether or not he is suffering from any such disease or physical disability which would be likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle to be a source of danger to the public
  3. Is able to read, with glasses if worn, a motor vehicle identification plate at a distance of twenty five (25) metres. A person who is totally blind or blind in one eye is not allowed to hold a driving license.

If it appears to a licensing officer that there is reason to believe that the applicant for any driving license is suffering from disease or physical disability likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle, of the class or classes in respect of which the application for a license is made, to be a source of danger to the public, such application may be disapproved unless the applicant –

  1. Produces a certificate from a medical practitioner stating that in the opinion of such medical practitioner the applicant is physically fit to drive the class or classes of motor vehicle in question; and
  2. Undergoes and passes a driving test


NTSA Motor Vehicle Transfer Form

Download transfer form 

NTSA Offices in Nairobi

Our offices are located at Hill Park Building; Upper Hill

NTSA Inspection

  1. Visit ntsa.go.ke (NTSA Website)
  2. Under quick links, press the Book for Motor I Vehicle inspections Link (http://www.ntsa.go.ke/mvi_booking/index.php)
  3. Enter your ID Number and press the search
  4. Enter your first name as it appear in the ID and press the search icon(The other fields are disabled)
  5. Enter phone starting with 254, username (Default is your mobile number), password (Default is Your ID), confirm password, Subscribe to SMS alert and press
  6. Submit the application to create an account
  7. Login into the newly created account
  8. Book for inspection(Press the top left button ”Book for inspection”
  9. Attach vehicles
  10. Select vehicle category; PSV/Commercial/Private(Press Next button)
  11. Specify the payment method NB: Every payment option has a guideline of the steps to follow. Make sure you use the right unique number.
  12. After receiving payment notification, press complete payment.
  13. Book for Inspection (A button on your top right).
  14. Select inspection centre and (Default date is the current date as per booking. You can change), then press Booking below the date option.
  15. Print QR/Token.
  16. Present the vehicle for inspection at the centre selected on the date and time

The booking will be valid for 14 days from the date of booking. After 14 days the booking has to be done afresh


Inspections Fees

The new rates will also see inspection charges for trucks weighing up to five tonnes pay Sh2,000. “All motor vehicle inspection bookings and payments shall be made through the Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS) available on our website,” the notice said.

The roads agency is mandated to conduct motor vehicle inspection and certification. However, different insurance firms also conduct the same exercise before paying out claims or issuance of covers.

The NTSA took up the role from the police five years ago during transition to devolution. It is part of wider plans by the agency to tame rampant road accidents, which claimed about 300 lives last December.

Commercial vehicle drivers are also being retrained from this month in an exercise that will cover more than 400,000 drivers, each paying Sh5,000.

Source: Business Daily

NTSA Kenya Contacts

National Transport and Safety Authority
Hill Park Building; Upper Hill
Nairobi Kenya
P.O Box 3206 -00506 Nairobi
Safaricom: 0709 932 000
Telkom: 020 6632 000
Email: info@ntsa.go.ke
Complains: complaints@ntsa.go.ke

Website: www.ntsa.go.ke/