As a public service provider we provide the following high quality services to the citizenry via our service centers located in various parts of the country.
- Entity Administration
- Driver Licensing
- Motor Vehicle Registration
- Motor Vehicle Change of Ownership
- Motor Vehicle Certificate of Fitness
- Axle Load Control
- Road Safety
Entity Registration is in reference to an individual (natural person) registering as an entity or a Company/ an Organisation (body of persons) registering as an entity, as a client of DRTSS. When an individual presents themselves for registration in the system, the following information will be requested: Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Physical Address, Email address, Telephone Contacts, Bio-metrics (finger prints), Photograph & Signature.
After capturing this information, the system will then generate an entity registration card which will bear the name of the individual as well as the individual’s identity number. This card will be referred to as the Traffic Register Card (TRC). It will be the gate way to all transactions required by the respective individual in the system.
Companies and Organizations Registering as an Entity Just as the case with an individual registering as an entity, Companies and Organizations will also go through the same process of registration. The following information will be requested: Name of Company/Organization Company Registration Certificate from the Registrar of Companies Physical address Email address Telephone Contacts Bio-metrics (finger prints) of individual (or two individuals) representing the Company referred to as PROXY Signature PROXY (individuals representing the Company/Organization) Photograph of PROXY
In the case of registration of an Organization/Company, the system will generate an Entity Registration Certificate (ERC). This Certificate will be the gate way into the system for the company using the registered PROXY.
CHECKLIST FOR SCHEDULING DRIVING LICENCE TEST.
1. Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS
2. A valid learner licence that corresponds to the *Vehicle Category you which you are scheduling a Driving Licence test for;
3. A minimum of 40 lessons in a minimum period of 28 days at a registered Driving School for first time applicants, And a minimum of 10 lessons in a minimum period of 14 days for any subsequent applications. - The Driving School must record the number of lessons completed on MalTIS.
4. Completed Driver Licence Application form;
5. A valid eye-test is required. This may be conducted at the DRTSS office or should you wish to visit your Optometrist instead, please let him/her complete an Vision Certificate to be verified by the DRTSS Staff administering the eye test.
6. If you are disabled or over the age of 65, please bring along a Medical Certificate completed by a Medical Practitioner, clearing you to drive.
1. To avoid filling in forms in the queue, download and print the Driver Licence Application form and Medical Certificate form(if applicable) now and complete it before you arrive at the DRTSS office.
2. Visit your nearest DRTSS office.
3. Go to the Eye Test Station to undergo an Eye Test or submit a Vision Certificate.
If you have already completed and passed an Eye Test at the DRTSS office within the past 6 (SIX) months, you will not be required to complete another Eye Test.
If you have undergone an eye test at an Optometrist you are not required to complete another eye test at the DRTSS. Note that a Vision Certificate must be submitted as proof of the examination.
4. Submit your application at the Person Applications counter.
5. A deposit slip will be printed which will indicate the amount to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office. Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment at NBS Bank.
6. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip.
7. Go the Aptitude Examination Room where an examiner will schedule your test.
Driving Licence Test Day
CHECKLIST FOR TEST DAY.
1. Traffic Register Card - received when you enrol on MalTIS;
2. The paid and stamped deposit slip received when the application was made.
3. A roadworthy vehicle of the appropriate vehicle category that will be used during the Road Test.
4. Should you have difficulty seeing and require glasses or contact lenses please remember to bring them with.
1. Go to the Aptitude Examination Room at the DRTSS office where you have scheduled your Driving Licence test at. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled test time.
2. If all is in order, complete your Driving Licence aptitude test. Note that the test is computer based and the answers are selected using a touchscreen.
3. If you pass the aptitude test, you will be allowed to proceed to the Road Test.
4. If you pass the Road Test, a deposit slip will be printed, which indicates the amount to be paid at the bank. No money is to be paid at the DRTSS office.
Please verify that the deposit slip is correct and reflects your details as well as an accurate description of the transaction you wish to complete before making the required payment.
5. Once payment is made, you may return to the DRTSS office with the stamped deposit slip, and collect you Driving Licence card from the Document Issuing office.
NOTE – The Driving Licence is valid for 5 (FIVE) years unless you are over the age of 65 whereas it is only valid for 1 (one) year.
NOTE – Applicants that fail the Driving Licence aptitude test, will NOT be allowed to continue with the road test.
NOTE – Should you fail the Road Test, you will be able to reschedule both the Aptitude and Road Test following the same process.
Individuals or companies that have imported vehicles into the country will experience some minor changes in the process of vehicle registration. The Directorate of Road Traffic has now interfaced with the Malawi Revenue Authority and the Malawi Police Service in the process of importing a vehicle into Malawi.
In the new system, the process of vehicle registration is in essence starting with you registering as an entity in the MalTIS at DRTSS. After registering as an entity, proceed to register yourself as a vehicle importer so that you are recognised as such by the system at the Malawi Revenue Authority. After the registration process at DRTSS, the Malawi Revenue Authority will then proceed to initiate the customs clearance process. As a vehicle importer, the MRA will expect due payment of the duty of your vehicle(s) and will thereafter introduce the vehicle into the system and process an automated customs clearance certificate and provide you with a reference number to present to the Malawi Police Service for Police Clearance.
NOTE:All processes at DRTSS require you to first register as an entity into the system.
Entity Registration forms and all other applications forms at DRTSS are free of charge.
Vehicle importers will need to register as an importer before seeking MRA services for vehicle customs clearance.
Change of ownership still has to go through the Anti Corruption Bureau.
In the event that you want o effect change of ownership on your vehicle, the process of change of ownership of an already registered vehicle in our system has not changed at all with the MalTIS upgrade.
For change of ownership, also make sure that you first of all register as an Entity into our system (Entity Registration). After entity registration, apply for change of ownership for your vehicle, in which case you will be given the appropriate forms to fill indicating the wish to change ownership of your vehicle and to who the vehicle should now be registered it, as well as indicating the reasons for change of ownership. After completing the forms, submit them to our Officers who will forward them to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for vetting of your application. After clearance by the ACB, you will then proceed to finalise your change of ownership process for a new vehicle registration certificate.
Here are simple tips on how to obtain your COF:
- Firstly, You take your Blue-book to any DRTSS office. you will be given a form to fill.
- After filling the form, the examiner then produces you a quotation for vehicle inspection. you pay at the bank and take your receipt to the examiner again.
- The examiner then produces you an inspection sheet which you take, together with your vehicle to our vehicle inspection sites for your vehicle to be inspected.
- After inspection, if your vehicle has passed the tests, you are then given a quotation. You pay at the bank and take the reciept to the documents collection office
- At the documents collection, we will print out your COF
Overloading of vehicles is a major problem in many countries throughout the world and, Malawi is no exception. Uncontrolled and widespread overloading of vehicles causes premature deterioration of the road network; negatively impacts on road safety; and creates a distorted market for transport operators, consignors and consignees.
Axle load is an important design consideration in the engineering of roadways to tolerate a maximum weight-per-axle (axle load). Exceeding the maximum rated axle load causes damage to the roadway. The axle load section is therefore responsible for:
- Weighing Vehicles
- Issuing Abnormal load Permits
- Conducting overload surveys
Permissible mass loads are specified in Construction, Equipment, Uses (CEU) regs. These are:
- any wheel mass-load: 4000 kg
- any axle fitted with 2 or 3 wheels: 8000 kg
- any axle fitted with 4 or more wheels: 10 000 kg
- any axle unit consisting of 2 axles with 2 wheels on each axle: 16 000 kg C any axle unit consisting of 2 axles with 4 wheels on each axle: 18 000 kg C any axle unit consisting of 3 axles with 4 wheels on each axle: 24 000 kg The total axle mass load of a motor vehicle may not exceed 56 000 kg.
Where a vehicle is found to be overloaded, current practice is to require the payment of an overload fee before the vehicle may proceed with its journey. This is in line with the approach adopted in the CEU that a contravention of mass limits is not a criminal offence. If this not followed, a penalty is imposed in the form of an overloading fee. The fee is payable at the weighbridge and the excess load must be off-loaded.
If a vehicle is overloaded on one axle, the load must be re-adjusted to bring the vehicle within the permissible limit. An exception is made in the case of overloaded vehicles carrying indivisible loads or hazardous cargoes which are permitted to proceed without the requirement to off-load, subject to payment of 5 times the prescribed overload fees.
Weigh Bridge Locations:
- Mwanza Border
- Songwe Border
Road traffic safety refers to methods and measures for reducing the risk of a person using the road network from being injured. The users of a road include pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, their passengers.