The conditions allowing one to drive on Kenyan roads using a foreign driving license are stipulated in Kenya’s Traffic Act. Cap 403, Part IV, Section 31, Sub-Section 1A states, “A licensing officer shall not grant an applicant a driving licence endorsed in respect of any class of motor vehicle unless the applicant – (a) satisfies the licensing officer that he has passed a test of competence to drive that class of motor vehicle conducted under section 39, or that he holds a certificate of competency for that class of motor vehicle issued under the Traffic Ordinance (now repealed), or is the holder of a valid driving licence for that class of motor vehicle granted by a competent authority in some part of the Commonwealth where such driving licences are granted only after a prescribed test has been passed or is the holder of an international driving permit.“
This means that with a commonwealth license and an Aliens Card or Kenyan
ID you can easily be issued a Kenyan license without taking any test.
Countries Whose Citizens are Allowed to Drive in Kenya
There are currently 53 countries in the membership of the Commonwealth of Nations. If your country is among the following countries, you can drive in Kenya with your local driving license.
|Africa||Asia||Caribbean and Americas|
|Botswana||Bangladesh||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Cameroon||Brunei Darussalam||Bahamas, The|
|Rwanda||St Kitts and Nevis|
|Seychelles||St Vincent and The Grenadines|
|Sierra Leone||Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Republic of Tanzania|
|Papua New Guinea|
To apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP), you need to liaise with your local traffic authority. Most countries issue IDP’s upon application.
Traffic Act Chapter 403, Laws of Kenya
How to Get a Foreign Vehicle Permit