How to Register a New Car in Nigeria

How to Register a New Car in Nigeria will be explained in this article. We hope this guides…

How to Register a New Car in Nigeria will be explained in this article. We hope this guides you to get your car registered in Nigeria.

How to Register a New Vehicle

How to Register a New Car in Nigeria
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Wow! You have just bought a new car. Congratulations! It’s time to register it. Well, let’s go through the process of registering a new car in Nigeria.

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Motor licensing or plate number registration is done at the state level in Nigeria. That means that to have a Lagos-based number, you need to apply for a license in Lagos. The same applies to other states including Abuja.

Before you go to register your car, so make sure to be in possession of a valid driver’s license. In Nigeria, the driver’s license is issued by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). It takes about 60 days to be ready.

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How to Register a New Car in Nigeria

To register your new car in Nigeria, you need to present the following documents:

  1. Purchase receipt
  2. Letter of attestation from the company of purchase
  3. Delivery note from the seller
  4. Other documents to prove ownership
  5. A valid driver’s license
  6. National identity card or international passport (for identification)
  7. Proof of current address (your power bill will do)
  8. Your passport photograph

If you imported your car, you will be required to present the following too:

  1. Customs papers (to prove that customs has cleared the car)
  2. Tax identification number (NIN)
  3. Motor vehicle duty certificate

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Here are Guides and Requirements on How to Register a New Car in Nigeria:

Pick a form for the allocation of plate numbers at a state board of internal revenue. You can equally get the form from the Motor Licensing Authority.

Fill in all the details needed in the form. Attach all necessary and required documents to the form and submit it back to the office you collected it.

After the authorities have confirmed your legitimacy, more forms will be issued to you. The forms include:

i. Auto vehicle license

ii. Allocation of the registration number of the new vehicle

iii. Federal road safety

iv. Tax

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  • Fill in and submit the forms. These will be forwarded to the police officer assigned for licensing verification. The officer will verify the forms and other attached documents, stamp them, and date them.
  • At a successful verification, you will be required to pay for your license plate or number plate. It usually costs N50000 or thereabout. The price may however vary depending on the kind of plate you want.
  • Payment is usually made at a stipulated bank.
  • At the presentation of your receipt of payment, you will be issued a number plate.

Other documents you will also be issued are the:

i. Proof of Ownership Certificate

ii. Proof of Ownership Certificate Number

iii. Vehicle Identification Tag

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  • Collect back all copies of the original documents submitted. Do check with great care to avoid missing an original document.
  • Is your car insured? Be sure to use a trusted insurance company to avoid stories that touch the kidney. You can use the third-party policy or the comprehensive insurance policy. The third-party insurance policy covers only the third-party victim in the case of an accident.

Now that your car has been fully registered, you are free to cruise around town. Do make sure to obey traffic rules. Drive carefully.

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