A Step By Step Guide on How to Seamlessly Conduct NTSA TIMS Vehicle Searches

Conducting a thorough motor vehicle search is crucial, be it for buying, selling, or processing insurance claims. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has streamlined this process through its Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS) online portal, providing a comprehensive NTSA Online Logbook Search for Motor Vehicles.

Launched in late 2016, NTSA TIMS was initially exclusive to car dealerships, but now, its accessibility extends to individual users. To facilitate a motor vehicle transfer, both the seller and the buyer must have active accounts on the NTSA TIMS portal. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating an account:

  1. Open the NTSA TIMS Portal.
  2. Click on “Register Account” in the upper right corner to access the registration interface.
  3. Select the ‘individuals’ icon and verify the serial number of the individual’s identity.
  4. Confirm the maiden name of the user’s mother (for individuals) and check the individual PIN code.
  5. After successful verification, click Next to continue.
  6. Verify the email code, enter the Kenyan phone number, and click “check phone” for validation.
  7. If subscribed to NTSA SMS, click “send the authorization code” to receive the code on the mobile phone.
  8. Click “Next” to submit registration information, confirming successful registration.

Now that you have an active account, here’s how to conduct a vehicle search:

  1. Go to the NTSA TIMS portal: https://timsvirl.ntsa.go.ke/ and log in.
  2. Select “Online Search” on the left-hand side of the webpage.
  3. In the “Registration Number” text box, type the vehicle’s number plate without spaces (e.g., KAA123B).
  4. Click “ENQUIRE” to view the vehicle registration details.
  5. Select the desired vehicle (indicated by a black tick).
  6. Click “NEXT” to view the payable amount.
  7. Click “NEXT” to proceed with the payment.
  8. Choose your preferred payment method and follow the on-screen instructions to download the requested registration information.

The search results will furnish you with essential details, including the make, vehicle model, body type, chassis number, engine number, year of manufacture, owner’s name, address, and any caveat associated with the vehicle.

By following this comprehensive guide, you’ll navigate the NTSA TIMS platform with ease, ensuring a seamless experience in obtaining vital vehicle information and facilitating secure transfer transactions in Kenya.


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