Motor vehicle logbook ownership transfer is a process that can easily be done online and enables vehicle buyers to process, and transfer logbooks from the previous vehicle owner to their name.
Usually, upon buying a vehicle whether brand new or used one, having the vehicle logbook is the ultimate surety that indeed you are the final owner of the vehicle.
For a brand new vehicle the logbook will be issued in your name as the first owner. However if you are buying a used car, then the registration particulars of the car on the vehicle logbook should be transferred to your name.
This article takes you through the process of transferring motor vehicle logbook and ownership to your name after buying a vehicle.
Requirements for motor vehicle logbook transfer process
Before you can transfer the vehicle ownership to your name, you will need to have the following;
- An active NTSA TIMS account. If you lack an account with NTSA you will need to create one before you can be able to carry out logbook transfer process. NTSA TIMS account is a government portal that keeps records of vehicle ownership and other transport related details
- Apart from the NTSA TIMS account, you will also need a scanned copy of the logbook to be transferred. During the transfer process, the log book scanned copy will have to be uploaded in the NTSA TIMS portal through your account.
- You also need to have the original Log book document
- Duly filled KRA Transfer Form C from both the seller and buyer
- Copies of PIN from bother the seller and the buyer. However, if you are buying from an organization, then you will need copies of PIN and Certificate of Registration for both the seller and the buyer.
How to transfer logbook and car ownership to your name in Kenya
- The vehicle ownership and logbook transfer process should be initiated by the vehicle seller.
- Ask the seller to log into his TIMS account
- Let him select the car registration details of the vehicle he/she wishes to transfer ownership to you
- Click on ‘Apply for transfer of ownership’
- Click on ‘Create New’ button and key under the vehicle registration number
- Click on ‘Inquire’ to find more information about the vehicle
- Then click ‘view’ to get all the vehicle details
- Upload a scanned copy of the logbook
- Select who you are transferring the vehicle to eg individual, company, dealer or financial institution.
- Enter the national ID number of the person you are transferring to if you are making the transfer to an individual
- In case the transfer is to a company, key in PIN number of the company then click the ‘ADD’ option
- Proceed to security verification. Here,select MOBILE
- Click on ;Send Verification Code’ then enter the code you will receive on your phone
- The required payment for the transfer
- Click on ‘Submit’ button to complete the logbook transfer initiation
- Once you have done this, the buyer will receive an sms notification requiring him to accept the transfer
How to accept a vehicle ownership and logbook transfer
- As the buyer, log into your TIMS account
- Click on VIEW to see the vehicle details
- Under security verification, select VERIFICATION MODE and click SEND to get the code on your phone
- Enter the verification code to proceed
- Confirm with either ACCEPT or DECLINE the transfer
- Click on ACCEPT,
- Fill in the required information in the online form
- Finally click on SUBMIT for the application to be sent to NTSA for processing.
If you decline the transfer the vehicle ownership will be reverted back to the vehicle owner
How long does it take to get a logbook in Kenya after a transfer of ownership?
Once the vehicle ownership transfer has been initiated and the buyer has accepted the transfer, NTSA will process your logbook within 7-14 days. Once your logbook is ready you will receive a notification with details on where you can collect your logbook.
It is advisable to select the nearest NTSA centre as the collection point of your logbook
Logbook and vehicle ownership transfer charges
During the transfer process, you will need to pay the logbook transfer charges. The amount payable will vary depending on the vehicle engine capacity. You will be charged around Ksh.1600 for a 1000cc and below engine capacity and ksh.6000 for a3001cc and above engine capacity as vehicle ownership transfer charges.