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International Driver's License in Kenya: Drive With Ease

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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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Kenya is the ultimate destination if you're seeking a safari adventure. Get up close to the country's abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes by having an International Driving Permit and renting a reliable 4x4 vehicle.

International Driving Permit FAQs

Can I Drive in Kenya with My Home Country's License?

In Kenya, foreign nationals can use their domestic driving license for up to 90 days or as long as their visa permits. For instance, a U.S. license is acceptable for driving in Kenya within this timeframe.

However, if your license is not in English or Swahili, obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP) is necessary. An IDP is crucial for communicating your identity and driving qualifications to local authorities and is often required for renting cars in Kenya.

Additionally, it is a valid document for securing car insurance, which is a requirement for renting vehicles.

Is an International Driving Permit Required in Kenya?

An International Driving Permit is one of the accepted documents for driving in Kenya, especially if your domestic license is not in English or Swahili or uses the Roman alphabet. It’s particularly useful for U.S. residents or those from other countries looking to drive in Kenya.

Moreover, an IDP is beneficial for those looking to convert their native license to a Kenyan one, a process that can be done through the National Transport and Safety Authority’s (NTSA) eCitizen portal.

How Do I Get an International Driving Permit?

It’s important to note that there is no recognized document as an International Driver’s License (IDL). Instead, you should apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP).

The requirements for an IDP application are your valid local driving license, a passport-sized photo, and a payment for the application fee.

To apply for an IDP, follow these steps:

1. Click the 'Apply for IDP' button on the International Drivers Association website.

2. Complete the application form, ensuring it matches the details on your valid driver's

3. Attach a copy of your current driving license and your passport-sized photo.

4. Process the payment, and you will receive your digital IDP in a short time, with the
printed version shipped to you promptly.

No driving test or exam is needed to obtain an IDP. Remember, an IDP is regulated by the United Nations and is required for driving in foreign countries.

Most Important Rules of Driving in Kenya

Exploring Kenya through the lens of its roads can be an incredible adventure, however, understanding and complying with the Kenya driving rules is critical. These guidelines aren't just designed to ensure road safety but also help prevent unnecessary expenditure on penalties and safeguard you from accumulating a bad record in the country. So, before embarking on your journey, thoroughly acquaint yourself with Kenyan traffic regulations.

Avoid Drunk Driving

In Kenya, the enforcement against drunk driving is stringent, with numerous police checkpoints and patrols. Unlike some other countries, Kenya takes a firm stance against driving under the influence. Drivers are often subjected to breathalyzer tests, and the legal alcohol limits are:

  • 0.35g of alcohol per liter of breath
  • 0.8g of alcohol per liter of blood

Adhere to Speed Limits

Kenya's roads, especially in major cities, are equipped with superhighways, interchanges, and frequent roundabouts. Additionally, some roads pass through national parks where wildlife crossings are common.

Given these conditions and the increasing vehicle traffic, it's crucial to drive at safe speeds to react appropriately to any unforeseen events.

The prescribed speed limits in Kenya are:

  • Superhighways (motor cars): 130 km/hr
  • Superhighways (public service vehicles): 100 km/hr
  • Urban roads (including trading centers, townships, and cities): 50 km/hr
  • Special zones (such as near schools): 50 km/hr
  • Rural roads: 110 km/hr

Park in Designated Areas Only

Illegal parking in Kenya is met with strict penalties. While you might see vehicles parked along roadsides, it's important not to follow suit. Parking outside designated areas can lead to:

  • A fine of up to 50,000 Ksh
  • Imprisonment for up to three months

Kenya's Top Attractions

Each of these destinations in Kenya offers a unique glimpse into the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage, making them must-visit locations for any traveler.

Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana is the world's largest alkaline and permanent desert lake and stretches over 7,560 km². It lies mainly in Kenya, with parts extending to Ethiopia. Fed by the Omo River from Ethiopia, this lake is part of three national parks and is a habitat for wildlife like Nile crocodiles, migratory waterfowl, and hippos.

Tsavo National Park

As Kenya's largest protected area since 1948, Tsavo National Park is an ecological treasure. It's drained by three rivers and features diverse landscapes from semi-arid plains to volcanic regions. Visitors can marvel at baobab and acacia trees, swamps, and natural springs.

Lake Nakuru

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lake Nakuru was once famous for its thousands of pink flamingos. Although the flamingo numbers have decreased, the lake continues to be a vital ecological site and supports diverse species including giraffes and rhinoceroses.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery

This world-renowned wildlife rehabilitation program in Nairobi focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants before reintroducing them into the wild at Tsavo National Park. The initiative also protects other key wildlife species in East Africa.

Town of Malindi

With its roots in the 1st century A.D., Malindi is Kenya's second-largest coastal city, known for its coastal caves and historical significance. It was among the first towns in Kenya to develop due to its coastal location.

Hell’s Gate National Park

Situated within the Great Rift Valley, this 68.25 km² park is famous for its unique landscape, including the Hell’s Gate Gorge, Central Tower, and Fischer’s Tower, and is easily accessible from the capital city.


Originating as a supply depot for the Uganda Railway in 1899, Nairobi blossomed due to its strategic location and abundant resources. It now boasts historical landmarks like the former Stanley Hotel, reflecting its rich past.


As Kenya's largest coastal city and a vital trade port since the 12th century, Mombasa is home to Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known locally as “Kisiwa Cha Mvita” or “The Island of War,” it has a storied history of occupations and civil unrest.

Get an IDP to Explore Kenya

Experience nature in Kenya, where its beauty and drama are displayed in its purest form and glory. With an International Driving Permit in hand, you can set on a journey to discover Kenya's renowned attractions, featuring breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage!

Ready to check if an IDP is accepted in your destination?

Use the form and find out in seconds whether you need an international permit. Documents vary, based on the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic.

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