For the longest time, about six months, the piece of paper below has been my (interim) driving license.
I was okay with it, because I was aware it was a temporary document while I waited for my driving license to arrive, hopefully by 30th of January 2014.
Turns out it must have been mailed to the wrong address, or got lost in the filing room which I hear is piled up with thousands driving licenses in no order, so finding a particular license there is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.
So I waited for 3 months, the had the interim license renewed. If you scan the top left corner, you will see a green stamp with the extension date of 30th April, 2014.
I was sure by then, I would have my license. It was not to be. There was no avenue for inquiry, my dear friends. When I thought of going to queue at the Times Tower and the crowd of people that’s always there, I gave up. There is no online platform to track driving licenses and I did not have the heart to look for a phone number. So I sent someone to have the renew the interim license a second time. Somewhere up on that picture, there is another faded green stamp showing extension to 30th June, 2014.
But I could not live like this, the interim license was already torn and frayed and I wanted a real license. The only way to do this is to apply for a replacement license, thereby assuming you have lost the original one.
I ‘accelerated’ this process and got it in 1 day.
Finally, I have a Kenyan driving license. It’s big, heavy, bulky, outdated, backward, analog in every single way, impossible to put in your back pocket or wallet, inside it’s ugly, handwritten (with a bad handwriting to boot), badly stamped to indicate which vehicles I can drive (including your average Mitsubishi Canter), and several other pages I assume are for renewal purposes. Not forgetting that your mugshot, is literally GLUED to the driving license. SMH. WTF? Are we in the 18th Century? Even the ID department has upgraded to digital-like IDs!
So anyway, take a look at a US Driving License.
All information needed is contained there: Photo, DL number, Class of vehicle, expiration date, restrictions, address (blacked out) etc.. on a neat, standard card size of about 85.60 × 53.98 mm (like most credit/debit cards and IDs).
Now take a look at our driving licenses:
What is so hard about issuing digital (or digital-sized) driving licenses? This is an embarrassment. Our driving licenses need a total overhaul, not unlike that of the proposed new smart ID cards.
Someone at KRA is sleeping on their job. John Njiraini is the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Commissioner General. I need to forward this post to him. Who has his email?
We need modern driving licenses and I can advice.