How to Book NTSA Vehicle Inspection Online: The Ultimate Guide

Discover the step-by-step process of booking an NTSA vehicle inspection online, the requirements, and a comprehensive list of inspection centers in Kenya.

Apr 20, 2023 - 10:29
Jun 11, 2023 - 15:54
How to Book NTSA Vehicle Inspection Online: The Ultimate Guide
Ultimate Guide to Booking an NTSA Vehicle Inspection Online

Vehicle inspections are crucial in ensuring road safety and adherence to emission regulations. In Kenya, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) conducts these inspections through its Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit. Whether you need a periodic review or one for title transfer, this article is your ultimate guide. We'll cover the online booking process, requirements, a list of inspection centers, and frequently asked questions. Let's get started!

Why Vehicle Inspections Are Necessary

Road safety

Regular vehicle inspections help ensure that all vehicles on Kenyan roads are roadworthy, reducing the risk of accidents and breakdowns. Vehicles are checked for the proper functioning of brakes, steering, suspension, and other critical components.

 Emission control

Inspections also help control vehicle emissions by ensuring all vehicles comply with the emission standards set by the government. This is essential in reducing air pollution and its impact on public health and the environment.

Compliance with regulations

Regular vehicle inspections ensure that all vehicles comply with the laws and regulations set by the Kenyan government. This provides a uniform safety and environmental responsibility standard for all cars on the road.

The Online Booking Process

To book an NTSA vehicle inspection online, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you have an active NTSA TIMS account. If you don't have one, create a free account.
  2. Log in to your NTSA TIMS account.
  3. Navigate to the "Vehicle Inspection" section.
  4. Click on "Payment of Inspection Booking."
  5. Select the type of inspection (annual or transfer) and click "Next."
  6. Choose the vehicle you want to be inspected and proceed to payment.
  7. Make the payment using your preferred method.
  8. After payment, click the "Booking" tab to select your preferred inspection center, date, and time.
  9. Submit your booking and print the inspection booking slip if needed.

Requirements for Vehicle Inspection

Before booking an inspection, ensure you have the following:

  • An NTSA TIMS account
  • The vehicle to be inspected should be registered in your TIMS account.
  • Applicable booking fee (average Ksh 1,750)
  • A computer and printer (to print invoices and receipts)
  • Stable internet connection

List of NTSA Inspection Centers in Kenya

  1. Nairobi Area inspection center
  2. Ruaraka inspection center
  3. Garissa inspection center
  4. Embu inspection center
  5. Nyeri inspection center
  6. Nyahururu inspection center
  7. Thika inspection center
  8. Voi inspection center
  9. Kisi inspection center
  10. Kericho inspection center
  11. Eldoret inspection center
  12. Kitale inspection center
  13. Machakos inspection center
  14. Meru inspection center
  15. Kisumu inspection center
  16. Mombasa inspection center
  17. Kakamega inspection center
  18. Likoni inspection center
  19. Nakuru inspection center

READ ALSO: NTSA TIMS Account Registration: A Step-by-Step Guide


Booking an NTSA vehicle inspection online is a simple and convenient process that ensures your vehicle meets the required safety and emission standards. Following the steps outlined in this guide and adhering to the requirements, you can book your inspection appointment hassle-free. Remember to maintain your vehicle in good condition, which keeps you and other road users safe and contributes to a cleaner environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to have my vehicle inspected?

All private vehicles older than four years from manufacture in Kenya must be inspected annually. Commercial vehicles and PSVs are also required to have yearly inspections.

What is the cost of a vehicle inspection?

The inspection fee varies depending on the vehicle's engine capacity. For private cars, the prices range from Ksh 2,000 to Ksh 3,500. For commercial vehicles and PSVs, fees range from Ksh 3,000 to Ksh 6,500. Prices may vary slightly, so check with the NTSA for the most up-to-date information.

Can I reschedule my vehicle inspection appointment?

Yes, you can reschedule your appointment if necessary. Log in to your NTSA TIMS account, navigate to the "Vehicle Inspection" section, and click "Reschedule Booking." Select the new date and time, then submit your request. Remember that rescheduling is subject to availability at your chosen inspection center.

What if my vehicle fails the inspection?

If your vehicle fails the inspection, you will be given a list of deficiencies that must be rectified. After fixing the issues, you can book a re-inspection appointment, which should be done within 14 days from the initial inspection date. Note that there may be additional fees for the re-inspection.

How long does the inspection process take?

The inspection process can take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the vehicle's condition and the inspection center's workload. It is advisable to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to ensure a smooth process.

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