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How To Apply For New-Generation Registration Plates Online

How To Apply For New-Generation Registration Plates Online

To combat fraud, switching, and duplication, the government last year issued new-generation automobile registration plates.

The administration aimed to phase out the old plates within 18 months, according to an announcement made in August by Fred Matiang’i, the interior cabinet secretary at the time.

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Some drivers have already purchased these, and they are starting to become familiar sights on Kenyan highways. They have a “cooler” template with a FE-Schrift typeface that is smaller than the text on the old ones.

What’s new:

The monospaced letters and numbers on “smart” plates are slightly out of proportion to prevent simple change and to enhance machine readability.

According to the government, the microchip technology and other anti-counterfeit security features on the plates make them virtually impossible to copy.

How To Apply For New-Generation Registration Plates Online
The New-Generation Number Plates : Samples

The new license plates feature a hologram of the Big Five animals, a watermark, and a uniquely imprinted national flag.

Additionally, they have distinct serial numbers that are linked to the vehicle’s chassis number for both the front and back plates.

Authorities will also be able to determine important characteristics about motor vehicles, including the year of manufacture, the kind and color of the vehicle, the engine number, the transmission type, the date and location of manufacturing, and insurance information, just by looking at the license plates.

When a car is imported into the country, the Interior Ministry previously announced that it will be fitted with license plates at the point of entry, where data about it will be synchronized with the the National Transport Safety Authority and Kenya Revenue Authority systems to prevent tax cheating in the car import industry.

How much they cost:

The new generation plates cost Ksh.3,000 and can be acquired online through the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) portal.

One will need to pay an additional Ksh.50 service fee.

How to get them:

To register for the smart plates;

  1. Visit,
  2. Select motor vehicle registration,
  3. Log into your account,
  4. Select Apply for reflective plates, select the vehicle and click Next,
  5. You will be asked to give a reason for the application. Select you need the new generation plates,
  6. Choose your preferred method of being notified,
  7. Choose a number plate and format, whether oblong or square,
  8. In PDF format, upload copies of your original logbook and old license plates (rear and front),
  9. Select your collection centre, and enter the ID number of the person who will collect it,
  10. Pay the Ksh.3,050 fee and confirm

Once your plates are ready you will get a notification to visit the NTSA center for collection or any picking station as per where you specified during application.

Drivers should anticipate them in about a week, according to NTSA.

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