NTSA has made it possible to easy check and confirm if your driving license is valid and original. Currently all driving licenses are issued online and the online database can guide an individual to know whether their driving license is genuine or fake.
Sometimes back, it was possible for an individual to hold a fake driving license with or without their knowledge. This was due to the manual driving license application process that has since been replaced with a digital one.
Whenever you are driving nowdays, It is common for Traffic Police officers to request for your driving license and check for the validity of your license, its expiry date, owners information among other details
How to Check whether Driving license is valid or Fake
There are 4 effective methods to check and confirm the validity of your driving license. all these methods are reliable and can be used anytime. Whenever you are issued with a new driving license, it is advisable to check if it is original.
4 Ways To Check If Your Driving License is Original
Visit the NTSA Offices
The first method you can use to check if your driving license is valid is by visiting the nearest NTSA office. At the office, the NTSA officer will be able to run the details on your driving license into the NTSA database and confirm if indeed the driving license under your registration number indeed exists and is registered in their database. They will also confirm if the driving licence holder details match with the once in the NTSA database.
Should your details miss or contradict with the ones in the NTSA data base, your driving license will be rendered invalid.
Check your NTSA TIMS Account
For the Smart Digital Driving License, the application is usually carried out through the NTSA TIMS account only. Holders of the new electronic smart driving License must have an active NTSA TIMS account that bares the details of their driving license. By logging into your TIMS account you will be able to see if a driving license under your name and ID number match with the details in the system. The system will as well confirm the expiry date of your driving license which should be similar to the date on your driving license you hold.
For holders of the old driving license, one can log into the eCitizen portal and under the NTSA services, you will be able to see if your license is listed. The details of your license should clearly be indicated and should match with the ones on your driving license.
Use the NTSA Mobile App
This is one of the best and most effective methods to check the validity of your license. The method is so simple that you can check if your license is original while on the go.
To check your driving license using the App; Download the mobile App < Log in to the App<Enter your ID number in the driving License verification tab<Click verify<the result will be valid or invalid.
Should the result turn out to be invalid, you are advised to visit the nearest NTSA office with your driving license application documents for assistance.
Use of Short USSD SMS
The fourth and the last method you can use to check if your driving license is genuine is by use of a short code SMS. By sending your ID number to 22846 you will receive a confirmation message notifying you whether your driving license is fake valid.
“Polite reminder If you don’t have your driving license and police have stopped you… Send your ID number to this number 22846.. Also if you got your license and not sure if it’s online or fake, send your ID number to same number. Note, save the number to phone as NTSA” One good Kenyan citizen by the name Simon Mutunga send a reminder to citizens.
NTSA Mobile App Functions and uses
The NTSA App has the following key features;
- You can have an access to the inspection status of your motor vehicle.
- The App provides you with the status of your driving license.
- You can also check the status of your SACCO license.
- The status of the PSV licensing is also provide on the App.
- The App also provides the status of vehicle’s night travel license.
- You can also report road incidents.
- You can verify application status.
NTSA has warned citizens against individuals issuing fake driving License. In one of the alert message NTSA warned.
“The Public is advised to be aware of individuals purporting to be issuing Smart Driving Licenses through a Facebook page titled *NTSA DL.” NTSA wrote.