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How to acquire a driving license in Kenya

A driving licence is a permit that authorises an individual to drive / operate a vehicle or motor cycle on the road. Categories of driving licences:

·         Class "E" - allows a driver to drive light vehicles only.

·         Class "B,C and E" - allows driver to drive both light vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles.

·         Class "I" - This is a special licence that incorporates authority to drive articulated motor vehicles, prime movers, fork lifts, shovels.

 

Requirements for obtaining a driving licence

  • The applicant must be over 18 years of age when applying for a motor vehicles driving licence, and over 16 years of age when applying for a motor cycle licence.
  • Copy of National Identity card and two recent passport size photographs of the applicant.
  • Duly filled Form VII obtained from the Road Transport Department offices or the District Commissioners offices.
  • The applicant must have learnt how to drive at a registered driving school.
  • The applicant must also undergo a driving test examination that is conducted by driving test examiners (police officers).

Details

  • Agency: Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Purpose: Provide identity for qualified and licensed drivers on the road
  • Application Fee: No Fee
  • License Fee: Ksh. 700/=
  • Maximum Processing Time: Immediate
  • Statutes: Traffic Act
  • Gazetted On: 1993-01-01
  • Related Websites: www.kra.go.ke
  • Validity: Three Months
  • Enactment: 1993-01-01
  • Contact Office: Revenue Officer, Road Transport Department 3rd Floor
  • Resolution Criteria: On submission of documents and payment fee
  • License Type: License/Permit

Application requirements

  • (1) Application form IX
  • (2) Certified copy of identity card/passport/birth certificate
  • (3) Two certified passport size photograph
  • (4) Certificate of competency

Licencing Body (Kenya Revenue Allocation)

Additional Information:

A successful applicant is issued with a Drivers Certificate of Competency endorsed in respect of class for which the test has been taken. The applicant is required to pay a prescribed fee at the Road Transport Department offices or any District Commissioners Office. An interim Driving License is issued to the applicant while waiting for the actual driving license.

Adapted from the Kenya Revenue Authority

 

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