The National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has warned motorists of an online scam targeting drivers who have lost their driving licenses.
Through a statement dated Tuesday, July 5, NTSA flagged a page known as NTSA Online Cyber, which has been allegedly defrauding motorists by purporting to offer services to them.
The flagged page has all the details similar to those of NTSA including numbers that do not match with those listed on the road safety authority websites.
According to the authority, the online page is not authorised to make any transactions or offer services on its behalf.
“The public is advised to be wary of a page ‘NTSA Online Cyber’ purporting to offer NTSA services,” NTSA cautioned Kenyans.
Following the online scam, the safety authority has advised motorists that all licenses can be verified online for free.
How to Verify Driving License Details
NTSA started rolling out new generation smart driving licenses in April 2018. It contains personal details including one’s blood group.
It also has a secure computer chip that contains the motorist’s information which is readable through unique electronic gadgets owned and managed by NTSA.
To verify a driving license through a mobile application, motorists are expected to download the NTSA app from Google Play Store or Apple Store. After successful installation, a motorist is then required to log in using their details and then click on the verification tab.
After inputting their national ID and choosing the verify button, full details are displayed on the screen.
Motorists can also verify their driving license details via the eCitizen portal. After logging in to the platform and keying in national ID details, full information is displayed.
NTSA, moreover, has its own TIMS account where motorists can easily check the validity of their driving licenses or apply for replacements.
Motorists can further verify their details via a short message code. Via this platform, motorists can verify the details by sending a national ID number as a text message to 22846.
NTSA will then send a message confirming the originality of the driving license.