How To Acquire/Get A Driving License/Permit In Kenya

According to the road and transport rules in Kenya, its an offense to drive a motor vehicle or motor cycle without a valid drivers/driving license, and something which can lead one to face the law or even to pay a penalty as may be required. In Kenya just like it is in other countries, A Drivers license is mandatory for those who want to drive and or operate a vehicle or motor cycle on the road.

And as a law bidding citizen regardless of whether you are a visitor or a national but for as long as you are above 18 years of age, you are required to hold a valid driving permit before you think of going on the road as a driver. You should follow the procedures required to acquiring or getting one just like you will discover below.

The different Driving-License classes include Class E which allows one to drive light vehicles only, Class B,C and E which allows one to drive both light vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles, and Class I, a special licence that incorporates authority to drive articulated motor vehicles, prime movers, fork lifts, shovels and others.

In order to get one, you should follow the following procedures and steps below.

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1. Chose the class of permit you would want depending on the category of vehicle(s) you want to engage in.
2. Register with your preferred Driving-School and start your lessons. You will be issued with a document to prove.
3. Now you will be required to do the traffic exam which is done at the police traffic testing center.
4. You will be issued with the 3 month interim driving licence as you wait for the actual-permit to be mailed to you.

Please note that you will be required to;
1. Be above 18 years of age for vehicles and at least 16 years of age for motor cycles.
2. You must have a copy of the National ID card and 2 most recent passport sized photographs of the applicant.
3. You must download Form VII by visiting http://www.kra.go.ke/roadtransport/pdf/form-vii.pdf and or pick them from the Road Transport Department offices or the District Commissioners offices.

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