The new generation number plates were launched on August 30, 2022. All motorists are required to replace the older number plates with new ones.
The new digital number plates are enhanced with security features that will help to curb fraud cases such as motor vehicle theft, log book scams and terrorism
The plates feature the Kenyan Flag and an NTSA Serial Number.
Other features are;
- QR Code
- New Font
New generation number plates
In a bid to curb the escalating cases of vehicle theft and fraud in the country, the Government has launched new generation digital number plates with enhanced security features that will ease tracing of car ownership.
Speaking during the launch at the General Service Unit (GSU) Recce unit Headquarters in Ruiru, Nairobi, former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said the new number plates have enhanced features that will be fixed to vehicles imported to the country at the point of entry.
“The plates will be sychronised with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) systems to help eliminate cases of tax evasion in car selling business
“This job is being done by a multi-agency unit of the security sector and is part of the reforms initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the 2019 Dusit attack,” Matiang’i said.
The former CS at the same time called on Kenyans to cooperate with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officials when called upon to change their number plates.
Former Transport CS James Macharia said that the plates will cover 12 categories of vehicles in line with the legal notice 62 of 2016 and will ease the monitoring of vehicles being imported through the port of Mombasa.
“The plates that comply with the amended Traffic Act of 2016 and will bear additional features some of which that shall be visible physically and others only to security agencies for ease of tracing in the event they are involved in committing crime
“Kenya being a transit hub in the larger East African region, the new technology forms a basis for tracking and monitoring vehicles in the country which have risen significantly from 3.2 million last year to 4.8 million this year,” Macharia said.
Without further a do, here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the new generation digital number plates.
How to apply for the new generation digital number plates
- Visit NTSA website-The first step to applying for the new generation digital number plates is to visit the NTSA website here.
- Once you are on the NTSA website, select “Vehicle registration” and then “apply for reflective plate.”
- Select your vehicle from the list you have and click on “next.”
- Choose Reason for Application In this next step, select the reason for your application as “NEW GENERATION PLATE”.
- Upload Original Logbook and Plates -Upload a PDF form of your original logbook and plates, both the rear and front.
- Number Plate Format -Choose your preferred number plate format between oblong and square.
- Notification Method-Select your preferred notification method, eg SMS.
- Collection Centre– Select the collection center and the ID of the person who will collect the plates.
- Make Payment-The final step is to make the payment of Ksh 3,050.
- Once the payment is made, you will receive a collection notification within 7 days.
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NTSA stands for the National Transport and Safety Authority, which is a government agency in Kenya that is responsible for regulating and coordinating the transport sector in the country. The primary mandate of NTSA is to promote and ensure safety on the roads, railways, and inland waterways in Kenya.
Some of the key functions of NTSA include:
- Regulation and licensing of all motor vehicles, drivers, and transport operators in Kenya.
- Development and implementation of policies and strategies aimed at improving safety and efficiency in the transport sector.
- Collection and analysis of data on transport-related accidents and other safety-related incidents in Kenya.
- Collaboration with other stakeholders in the transport sector, such as law enforcement agencies, to enhance safety and security on the roads.
- Implementation of public education and awareness programs aimed at promoting road safety and reducing accidents.
NTSA plays a critical role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of the transport sector in Kenya. The agency is constantly working to improve its policies and strategies to enhance the safety and security of all road users in the country.