Registering a new vehicle usually has its attendant headaches; however, the law in Nigeria is that a new car must be registered prior to its use in the country. Therefore, government officials who operate checkpoints may impound a vehicle which isn’t properly registered.

Before you go to get your vehicle registered, it may behove you to make sure you have obtained a driver’s licence, that is, if you haven’t got one already. To obtain a driver’s licence, one may make an application at the Federal Road Safety Commission, and undergo the process of bio-metric data capturing, along with a ten thousand naira fee(N10,000). The entire process usually takes sixty days, so it is important that the application is made out on time, so that it wouldn’t hinder the registration process.

Next, you have to undergo these steps to effectively register your vehicle;

1.  Visit the nearest office of the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority, to pick up an ‘allocation of plate number’ form and fill in the details

2.  Attach and submit all necessary documents. Necessary documents here may entail the following;

  • Attestation letter from the company of purchase
  • Receipt of purchase/invoice
  • Delivery note from the company of purchase
  • Proof of ownership of the car
  • A valid and current driver’s license
  • National Identity card or International Passport (any means of identification)
  • Proof of current address ( this can be evidenced with your utility bill)
  • Passport photograph of the car owner.

If the vehicle is new imported, the following additional documents may be required;

  • Tax Identification number
  • Custom papers
  • Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate

3.  At the behest of the authorities, you may be required to fill some more documents, which include;

  • Allocation of Registration Number of New Vehicle form
  • Auto Vehicle License form
  • Form B
  • FRSC form
  • Tax Form

4.  The duly filled forms along with the attached documents are sent to the Licensing office to verify, by way of verification stamp and date indicated on the forms.

5.  After the verification process, you will proceed to the bank to pay for the vehicle’s license plate. This costs an average of fifty thousand naira, depending on the type of plate you wish to have. For example, Abuja and Lagos plates are the most expensive. After payment, a plate number will be allocated to you depending on the availability. You will also be given a Proof of Ownership Identification Number, Proof of Ownership Certificate, and Vehicle Identification Tag. At this point, ensure that all original documents submitted previously are returned, run a check to ensure they are complete.

6.  You should make sure to take out an insurance policy on the car. Such policy may be comprehensive or third-party insurance.

Congratulations on your new acquisition!

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