Vehicle Registration in Nigeria 101

So you just bought your first car or the second..or the fifteenth car! (yeah I know you are rich like that). What comes next to your mind is how do I register my vehicle, how do I get proper/original documents, how do I make sure I don't fall into the hands of all these fake agents everywhere and most importantly the hands of V.I.O, Road Saftey, The Nigerian Police Force and their compatriots!
Well have no fear, is here, to help you along the way.

Step 1: Get A Driver’s License

If you don’t already have a driver’s license, visit the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) office near you and apply for a driver’s license. You can get a driver’s license even if you don’t own a car.
They will do a biometric data capturing and you will be required to pay the sum of N10,000 (hidden fees not included) to process a new one. After the process is completed, you will be given a temporary driver’s license which will last for 60 days. After the 60 days is over, your new driver’s license will be ready for pick up.

Step 2: Registration Process At SBIR/MLA

At SBIR/MLA office, you will be given a Plate Number Allocation Form. You will fill out all the required details on the form and submit this form with original copies of all the documents asked.
You’ll be required to pay for your vehicle plate number. Your car might be required for inspection by a VIO (Vehicle Inspection Officer). When certified okay, you will be issued a Road Worthiness Certificate.

*Required Documents for vehicle registration in Nigeria:
Before you nurture the plans to proceed to vehicle registration in Nigeria, ensure that you have all the needed documents intact. Most required of all the documents are:
A valid Driver’s License.
Insurance Policy Number
Means of Identification e.g. International passport, national identity card etc.
Proof of Address (e.g. Utility Bill)
Other documents also required are;
Custom papers
Engine number written out (not compulsory but necessary)
Proof of Ownership
Insurance papers
Tax Identification Number (recently added but not compulsory yet)
Others are custom papers (imported car), chassis number, and engine number, and proceed to State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority (SBIR/MLA).

Step 3: Vehicle Registration Continues…

Do you have the above-listed documents ready? If yes, let’s proceed.
1. Visit the Federal Road Safety Corp National Vehicle Identification System website at and complete the online registration (MVA01) form,
2. Print the completed form and attach all relevant vehicle documents.
3. Proceeds to SBIR/MLA (State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority) office and collect the allocation of plate number form, Plate number Tag, CMR and other required information issued by the police.
Pay for vehicle plate number at SBIR/MLA and collect your vehicle plate number.
4. After that, take your vehicle to Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) for physical inspection and collect a Road worthiness certificate, if VIO is satisfied with the condition of the vehicle.
5. Now go back to Road safety for the verification of documents provided. Here, the verified documents are Driver’s License: Insurance Policy Number, Means of Identification, and Proof of Address (e.g. Utility Bill)
Go back to SBIR/MLA, where you collect the following registered vehicle documents:
Proof of Ownership Certificate (POC) number
Proof of Ownership Certificate,
Vehicle Number Plate
Vehicle Identification Tag (VIT)

Step 4: Verification process

The verified documents for your brand new vehicle are driver’s license, auto insurance policy, attestation letter from the car dealer, car invoice, delivery note from your car dealer, your passport photograph, Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate, and proof of address (address on utility bill).
Also, the verified documents for a fairly used (imported or Tokunbo) are Certificate of Entry, Payment Schedule, Engine Number, Receipt of Purchase, Terminal Delivery Order, Vehicle Releasing Invoice, and passport photograph. After due verification, the official will forward all documents to a policeman attached to the unit to sign and stamp.
You will be asked to pay between the sums of N30,000 to N80,000 (depending on the state and the kind of plate number) for your plate number at the bank. This process is important to register a car in Nigeria.
After the payment at the bank and back at SBIR/MLA, your Proof of Ownership Certificate (POC), Vehicle Identification Tag (VIT) and Vehicle Number Plate will be given to you.
All original documents submitted will be returned to you. Remember that car insurance is important to register a car in Nigeria and they come in 2 forms –

Remember that auto insurance is important to registering a vehicle in Nigeria and they come in two forms – Third Party Auto Insurance Cover and Comprehensive Auto Cover.
Third Party Auto Insurance Policy cover damages to others as a result of an accident that was deemed your fault. Any damage to your own car is your own problem while Comprehensive Auto Cover, on the other hand, cover for damages to your own vehicle as well. Third Party auto insurance is the most used in Nigeria as a result of necessity. 

Well seems this is how far we can go in this 'class' for now, and be rest assured there will be subsequent updates as things change.

Stay Safe,

Don't Drink and Drive,

Don't Overspeed!


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