On August 30, 2022, the Kenyan government launched a new generation of number plates for all vehicles in the country.
The new plates are digital and incorporate a number of security features, including microchip technology.
The plates contain a microchip that can be used to identify the vehicle and its owner.
This could help to reduce car theft and fraud.
The plates also have a number of anti-counterfeit features, such as a hologram, watermark and unique serial number.
This will make it more difficult to produce counterfeit plates.
The plates have a QR code that can be scanned to access information about the vehicle, such as its registration status and insurance information.
This could help to reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for law enforcement to enforce traffic laws.
In addition to the security features, the new number plates are also visually appealing.
They have a sleek, modern design with a black and white front plate and a black and yellow rear plate.
The plates also feature the Kenyan flag and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) logo.
The new number plates are being issued to all newly registered vehicles in Kenya.
Existing vehicles can also apply for the new plates, but it is not mandatory.
The cost of the new plates is KSh 3,050 (approximately US$24).
The rollout of the new number plates is expected to be completed by February 2024.
All vehicles in Kenya must have the new plates by that date.
The new number plates are a significant upgrade over the old plates.
They are more secure, more visually appealing and easier to read.
The new plates are also expected to help reduce car theft, fraud and traffic congestion.
How to apply for new digital number plates
- Log in to https://timsvirl.ntsa.go.ke
- Click on Vehicle Registration
- Select Reflective No. Plate
- Click Apply for Reflective No. Plate
- You will be redirected to your list of vehicles, choose the one you want to apply a number plate for
- Verify the vehicle details and click next
- Select the reason for applying for the Reflective plate i.e new generation plate.
- Choose the notification method; email or SMS
- Choose the type of Front and back number plate i.e Oblong or Square
- Choose the plate counter collection office
- On the Lost/Defaced Number Plate & Tape Lifting Report sections attach a scanned copy of the original logbook and an image of the number plates in pdf on both slots. A tape lifting report is not required when applying for the new digital generation number plates.
- Confirm the vehicle particulars and pay. If paying via Mpesa, you will be charged KSh 3,050.
- NTSA will alert you via SMS or Email when the number plate is ready for collection. It takes 7 days to get the new number plates.
Headquarters: 316 Upper Hill Chambers, Along 2nd Ngong Avenue, Nairobi.
Contact: 0709 932 000, 020 663 2000.