How to Register Vehicles in Nigeria

How to Register Vehicles in Nigeria in 4 Easy Steps

Here is how to register vehicles in Nigeria with less stress. A motor vehicle is an automotive devise designed with rubber tires and electro-mechanical engine to use on highways and not operates on rails.

If you have got a new car, a bike or tricycle, you need to register your car before plying the public roads. There are different categories of motor vehicles, which can be in the form of a motorcycle, a car, highway commercial truck, trailer or a bus.

Vehicle registration in Nigeria is the normal registration of a vehicle with the government authorities; aimed to establish clear ownership and to tax motorists or vehicle owners where necessary.

While almost all vehicles are uniquely identified by a vehicle identification number, only registered vehicles in Nigeria can display a vehicle registration plate and carry a vehicle registration certificate or license.


What is Vehicle Number Plates?

The number plate is an alpha-numerical vehicle identification mark usual attached at the front and rear sides of the vehicle.

In Nigeria, the last three alphabets on a vehicle number plate represent the Local Government or Licensing Office where the vehicle is registered.

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roads in Nigeria is required to have his or her vehicle registered with the right authorities.

Therefore for your recently purchased vehicle to be allowed to ply the Nigerian roads, a proper registration processes and proof of road worthiness is required by the law enforcement agencies to void being embarrassed while on the road.

Failure to understand how to register vehicles in Nigeria or not registering your kind of vehicle with the state and federal law enforcement department like VIO, FRSC or the NPF might lead to vehicle impoundment and fines.

Motor vehicles can be registered in Nigeria at the registry of the Department of Motor Vehicle Inspection (VIO). There, you will be required to fulfill certain procedures as well as provide some necessary documents and useful information as required.

Listed below is the requirement for registering any kind of vehicle in Nigeria. This post contains some important steps you must take to register your vehicles in Nigeria.


How to Register Vehicles in Nigeria in 4 Easy Steps


#1. First, provide all the required documents:

10 required documents for registering your vehicle include:

  1. A valid Driver’s License
  2. Vehicle Insurance Policy Number and Insurance documents
  3. Means of Identification (e.g. national identity card, voter’s card, etc)
  4. Proof of Address (e.g. Utility Bill stating your contact or residence address)
  5. Tax Identification Number (if available your state or applicable in business registration)
  6. Custom Clearance Papers (if you just imported your vehicle in to the country)
  7. Vehicle Engine Number (to be copied out from the engine of the vehicle)
  8. Proof of Ownership (Receipt of Purchase/Attestation letter from the person/company of purchase)
  9. Two (2) recent passport photographs of the vehicle owner
  10. Any other documents as may be required by law


#2. Obtain and complete form MVA01:

Upon satisfaction with the documents listed above, the registration officer will issue registration forms to be completed by the applicant.

This is the proof of ownership application stage and road wordiness certification of commercial vehicle.


#3. Pay the prescribed fees: 

After completing your applicant registration form and attached all relevant vehicle documents, the next stage is to pay the prescribed fee.

The costs of vehicle registration would depend on the type of vehicle: motorcycle, salon car, truck or bulldozer. So take your time and find out.


#4. Fulfill other procedures:

After submitting your forms and receipt of payment, this is the time to collect your vehicle registration certificate.

These may include obtaining the Vehicle License; Vehicle Identification Tag, Road Worthiness Certificate; Police Confirmation / Endorsement; Issuance of Number Plate, your state driving permit, etc.


Wrapping up: How to Register Vehicles in Nigeria in 4 Easy Steps

Whether you want to register a car, a van, a motorcycle or a truck, this is how to register your vehicles in Nigeria with relevant authorities before going out there and performing road use activities.

Please visit the nearest Federal Road Safety Vehicle Registration office or website to find out more on how to register your vehicles in Nigeria.

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