TINTED PERMIT: Why & Who needs it.

According to the Nigerian constitution, tinted glass permit is required legally if you are driving around in a tinted glass vehicle. However, this permit can only be given on two grounds, according to the law. The first is on the grounds of security reasons and the second is medical reasons. On security grounds, some offices or agencies are allowed to drive around in tinted glass vehicles. So, if you need to get a tinted glass permit, you have to tender either of these two reasons beyond reasonable doubts.

Please keep in mind that only the Inspector General of Police has the authority to issue a Nigeria police tinted glass permit.

The use of a tinted glass vehicle without a permit is an offence punishable by law. The law binding the use of a tinted glassed car in Nigeria is known as The Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act. The act is to prohibit anyone from tinting or treating any glass fitted in a vehicle in a way that makes the person or material inside the car invisible or obscure.

The section 1 of the act states that: “Except with the permission of the appropriate authority designated for the purposes of this Act and for such good cause as may be determined from time to time by the appropriate authority, no person shall cause any glass fitted on a motor vehicle to be tinted; or shaded; or coloured lightly or thickly; or darkened; or treated in any other way, so that the persons or objects in the motor vehicle are rendered obscure or invisible".

The law recognizes that there are some vehicles brought into the country with the glass already tinted. The laws states in section 3 of the Motor Vehicles (Prohibition of Tinted Glass) Act that anyone who imports a vehicle with tinted glasses into the country is allowed to change the glasses within a period of ninety days. Anyone who decides to drive around in a tinted glass vehicle without a permit is committing an offence. The penalty is a fine of N50,000 or a maximum of six-month imprisonment or both.

Well enough of the dark and gloom. Here is how to obtain a Nigerian police tinted glass permit

  1. Go to the official web page of the police tinted permit at http://npf.gov.ng/tinted/. Fill out the application form to get an Application ID.
  2. After obtaining you Application ID, you need to log in with your registered email and the Application ID generated.
  3. After logging in, complete the biometric form and enter the complete details of the vehicle for which you are obtaining a tinted glass permit.
  4. Print out the completed form and take it to any Police Command to capture your biometric and collect your tinted permit certificate.

Note that the Nigeria police tinted glass permit is “free” to obtain. So, if you are driving around in a tinted glass vehicle or you are planning to, please comply with the law. This will prevent you from going through any kind of harassment from the police.

Please always drive safely.


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