The Rwanda National Police (RNP) traffic and road safety department has revised its programme on driver’s license tests, with the City of Kigali now to have two separate slots for registration and tests every month.
The spokesperson of the traffic department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda explained that the decision was informed by the fact that over 60 percent of the candidates are in the City of Kigali.
“In every registration window, we approximately register 11, 000 candidates countrywide, but over 4500 of them are in the City of Kigali. This becomes a challenge under the new registration structure using Irembo (online platform) in which each of the 30 districts has its exact quarter – number of candidates,” CIP Kabanda said.
“This, thus, has been affecting driver’s license seekers in Kigali, some of whom would opt to register in other districts in other provinces, which is inconveniencing and costly in nature,” he added.
“We have, therefore, made new arrangements in favour of the big turn up in Kigali, to increase the slots by 2, 400 to 6, 900; the first registration batch will be given 4500 slots while the remaining 2400 will register in the second window,” he further explained.
The registration and tests in all other provinces will be conducted monthly, he noted.
The countrywide registration for those seeking driver’s license opened last Monday but CIP Kabanda said that the second registration batch in the City of Kigali will start next Monday, August 29.
“The practical and theory tests for those who registered in the first batch countrywide will be done in the first week of September while those who will have registered in the second batch in Kigali will do their tests in the last week of September.”
Under the new registration structure using Irembo, the applicant can dial *909# across all networks and follow the instructions.
A successful applicant will receive an ID bill that will allow them to pay through BK branches, MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money or Tigo cash.
For those applying using internet, apply through www.irembo.gov.rw then pay online using your Visa card or MasterCard.
CIP Kabanda, however, emphasized that “registration is done individually.”
“Neither driving schools nor Irembo agents are allowed to register on behalf of applicants. Successful applicants pay only for driving tests; registration is free-of-charge. Driving schools play only one role of teaching.”
Meanwhile, both the traffic and road safety department and Irembo have established communication channels through which they can be guided while registering. They include 0788315009 (WhatsApp), call 9099 (toll-free line) and 0788380211.