How To Register A New Number Plate In Kenya

This is a step-by-step guide on how to register a new number plate in Kenya. All vehicles need to be registered and issued with valid number plates before being allowed to operate on Kenyan roads. Registration of new motor vehicles/ number plates is done by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, in the Road Transport Department managed by the Kenya Revenue Authority.

There are five types of vehicle number plates that can be registered in Kenya. This includes Civilian, Diplomatic, Local Authority, Parastatals and GK plates. The number plates can simply be registered by visiting KRA offices, particularly Times Tower where the whole process of registration is done.

Required Documents

1. KRA Identification Certificate Number (PIN) card.

2. Certified copy of national ID/ passport of the vehicle owner.

3. Import Declaration Form (IDF).

4. Bill of Lading/Airway Bill.

5. Duty and VAT receipts.

6. Import entry form.

7. Port Release Order.

8. Foreign log book translated into English.

9. Clean Report of Findings (CRF).

10. Authority to enter goods for home use from the commissioner of customs and excise.

11. Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) if the vehicle is for commercial use.

12. Foreign vehicle receipt/license.

13. Insurance cover.

14. A duly filled form (A), signed by the importer.

15. A temporary importation document (Form C44A or C44).

16. Road manifest or carnet de passages in the case of vehicles imported by road.

Motor Vehicle Particulars (Required Information)

1. Make of the motor vehicle.

2. Chasis or frame number.

3. Principal body colour.

4. Method of propulsion, either petrol, diesel, oil, steam… etc.

5. Expected location of the vehicle.

6. Value of the motor vehicle.

7. Number of axles.

8. The vehicle’s weight in kilogrammes.

9. Year of manufacture.

10. The motor vehicle’s body type.

11. The type of vehicle. For example, trailer, bus, motor cycle… etc.

12. Use of the vehicle.

13. Whether the vehicle is new or not, details on whether it has been previously registered or not.

14. Any other relevant description of the vehicle.

Charges To Apply For A New Number Plate

  • The fee for registering a civilian/normal number plate is between Kshs. 500- 1,000 depending on tare weight.
  • Replacement of lost or defaced personal plate is Kshs. 50,000.
  • It costs Kshs. 1,000,000 to register for a personalized number plate in Kenya. The annual charge is Kshs. 50,000.

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