Since it is a norm in every country in the world, it is a requirement by law for a driver to have a valid driving license. In Kenya, the law requires one to undertake training courses and tests to be issued with a valid driving license. This ensures that drivers are well trained for driving to promote safety on roads.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is charged with issuing driving licenses to qualified persons under the law. It is mandatory for one to have a valid driving license if driving on any public road in Kenya. An eligible trainee is of 18 years and above. The law also forbids issuance of more than one driving license whereby in case of loss, one is required to replace the license with a fee. A valid driving license is issued for one year or 3 years upon which one is required to renew the license.
NTSA, under the act of law stated in the constitution, is allowed to issue a holder to drive one or more classes of motor vehicles. Classification of vehicles determines the cars one is allowed to drive, and it is featured on the driving license. Persons with special conditions are also issued with driving licenses whereby their conditions are categorized as a Special class on the license.
There are very many driving schools in Kenya that provide training courses. However, obtaining licenses through shortcuts is prevalent but yet risky. An economic fee of about KSH12, 000 is usually charged for the course. A trainee may apply for lessons taking up to 10, 18 or 30 days depending on the ability to learn fast. Upon completion of the training course, one is required to undertake a test which is usually carried out by NTSA officials.
Other requirements for one to be issued with a valid driving license include; a police clearance certificate, ability to read and write in the official language, and zero criminal records. It is also mandatory for one to be a Kenyan citizen. Valid driving licenses issued in Kenya are accepted in East African Countries (EAK).