By SAFARI NJEMA Correspondent
Three months after the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) opened up its self -service portal- TIMS thus allowing the public to apply and be booked in for the driving licences (DL), it is a relieve to many.
Kenyans are now able to receive their DL by a press of a button as long as they are connected to the internet and able to access NTSA’ self-service portal called Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS) through www.ntsa.go.ke.
Going live means that the drivers can log on their accounts and apply for the smart driving licence, pay 3,050 and pick the region they would like to collect their driving licence from. The system will automatically book the applicant on the date to come in depending on the list of other waiting clients who would have applied before.
TIMS is a personal account opened using ones officially registered mobile number, national Identity Card and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) PIN.
The password and codes generated after creation of the account and each moment one logs in the account are confidential and should not be shared out at any given moment.
NTSA has severally issued directive cautioning drivers against sharing their passwords and login codes to avoid malicious activities in the account.
Beside the headquarters in Upper Hill, other regions that offer smart DL and which need to be picked by those who apply for them include MVI Likoni Road (Nairobi), Nakuru, Mombasa (Imara Building), Kisumu, Kisii, Machakos, Eldoret, Thika and Nyeri.
“During the application process, the system will generate an invoice of Ksh 3,050. All payments shall be made online,” explains the statement that NTSA released in Januar y this year.
After payment and being booked in, an NTSA official will take a digital picture, the applicant’s biometrics, and a digital signature.
On completion of the application process, one will be advised when to collect their Smart Driving Licence from the centre they would have been served.
This implies that those outside the country can not apply for the digital driving licence bearing in mind that one has to be physically.