• Open the NTSA Self Service Web Portal on your browser: https://tims.ntsa.go.ke/login_csp.jsp
  • You will be required to login. If you don’t have an account click on the register button to input your details.
  • If you are registering you will be required to input you National ID Serial Number as shown below.
  • Your serial number is present on the front of your National Id. If you are using an old generation national id that does not have the serial number printed on the front, please contact NTSA using the Mobile number provided on the NTSA Tims Portal for assistance, they will assist you with your serial number. The ID Serial number is not the same as your national id number.
  • After successful registration, you can now proceed to login to your account.
  • When you login to your account, you will be taken to the NTSA dashboard.

How to transfer vehicle ownership on NTSA

  • The seller of the car is the one who initiates the process.
  • Click on Vehicle Registration on the NTSA dashboard after successful login.
  • Apply for Transfer of Vehicle Ownership.
  • Click on Create New – this will prompt you to enter the registration number of the car that you wish to transfer.
  • Select View – this will help you to see the details of the vehicle.
  • You will need to upload a copy of the logbook.
  • Where we have New Vehicle Owner, click on what is appropriate under individual/non-individual/financier, then type in the buyer’s details. If it is an individual, you will require to put National/Alien ID and Pin.
  • If it is a financial institution/company, you will need to put a PIN and then click on the Add Button. Proceed to Security Verification, select mobile phone, then Send Verification code A verification code will be sent to the phone number, feed in the verification code, and check the Disclaimer displayed

How to I decline or accept the ownership of the vehicle

  • Once the transfer of ownership is successful, the vehicle buyer will receive an SMS notification to prompt them to accept the vehicle transferred to them. The buyer will then be required to Log in to their NTSA Tims Account for them to accept/decline the transfer of ownership of the vehicle.
  • The following are the steps:
  • Once you Log in to the NTSA TIMS Self-service portal, click on the Accept Ownership, enter the registration number. You will then click on Inquire, then view button to see the details of the car.
  • Click on the Security Verification, select phone number, and then send so that a verification SMS will be sent to your phone
  • Where we have accept/decline, enter the verification code.
  • If Accept, input the details as required. Once you are done,  click the Submit button. This information will be sent to NTSA. This will facilitate the processing of the logbook

Can NTSA  fail to register the vehicle?

It is possible for NTSA to fail to register a vehicle if there is an inter-entity transaction. This means that either the seller or the buyer of the vehicle has lost their right to transfer/accept the vehicle that has already been registered in Kenya. This could be because of unpaid fines among other reasons.

How long does it take for one to get a Log book?

It takes around 14 working days for the log book to be processed for picking.

What are the requirements for the transfer of a log book to be done?

  • You will need to do an Online NTSA Car Search to verify that the details of the vehicle are correct.
  • You will then fill an Application Form.
  • Finally, you will need to ensure that you have the following necessary documents:
  • 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.

Do I need to surrender my old Log Book?

Yes, you will need to surrender your old log book to NTSA.

How much does it cost to transfer car ownership in Kenya?

The cost of the vehicle differs depending on the Engine Capacity of the vehicle.

Vehicle’s Engine CapacityCost
Below 1000ccKsh 1660
Between 10001 to 1200ccKsh 1890
Between 1201 to 1500ccKsh 2065
Between 1501 to 1700ccKsh 2410
Between 1701 to 2000ccKsh 2695
Between 2001 to 2500ccKsh 3845
Between 2501 to 3000ccKsh 5055
Above 3001ccKsh 5915
Trailers with four wheels or lessKsh 1030
Vehicles with more than four wheelsKsh 1890
TractorsKsh 1030
Car Transfer Ownership Charges NTSA Kenya

By Catherine Mungai

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