Acquiring a Driving Licence in Kenya

As a driver, in the wake of the new set of laws being enforced by the government, it is imperative to keep yourself updated on new developments in legislation as they happen. To this effect, we have provided you with essential basic information concerning driving licences in Kenya.

A driving licence is a permit that authorizes an individual to drive / operate a vehicle or motor cycle on the road. There are several categories of driving licences, namely:

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, e.t.c

Following are the 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)

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.

It is an offence under the Traffic Act to operate or drive a vehicle without a driving licence.

What you need to know

Following are the requirements for obtaining a PSV Licence:
DRIVERS

  • The applicant must be 24 years and over.
  • A driver authorised to drive Class E vehicles, should apply for Class J Matatu endorsement, and a driver authorised to drive Class B, C and E vehicles should apply for Class A endorsement. Class J is for all PSV vehicles not exceeding a seating capacity of 24 persons, and Class A is for any PSV vehicle.
  • The applicant must have driven for over four years prior to his applying for a PSV endorsement.
  • A duly filled and signed Form XVI. The Form is to be forwarded to the Traffic Police Department for certification. A fee of Kenya Shillings 50 is charged by the Police department, and the receipt should be surrendered to the Road Transport Department.
  • A certificate of Good Conduct obtained from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
  • Copy of applicants National Identity Card.
  • Driving Licence of the applicant.

The application forms are to be lodged at the Road Transport Department offices at Times Tower, Nairobi. The applicant is required to pay a prescribed fee of Kenya Shillings 625/=

Conductors

  • The applicant must be over 18 years of age
  • A certificate of Good Conduct from the CID
  • Copy of the applicants National Identity Card
  • Duly filled and signed application form XVII. The police must endorse the form. Also required is the official receipt of Kenya shillings 50 from the police.

The applicant is required to lodge the application at the road transport offices at Times Tower, Nairobi and pay the prescribed fee of Kenya Shillings 625/=

It is an offence under the Traffic Act to drive or act as a conductor without a PSV licence.