Say you finally got yourself that dream car, and you’ve been hoping for, next thing you should do is get that vehicle registered so you don’t get into a gbas gbos situation with FRSC officers while cruising on the road.
You don’t have to take chances and procrastinate your registration, except you want FRSC officers to stop you and impound your car which will make you end up paying and stressing more when it’s too late.
Registration of vehicles in Nigeria has always been seen as a cumbersome process, but I assure you, after reading this guide, you’ll be able to get yours done and start cruising the streets as a legitimate car owner in no distant time. I have listed out the procedures you need to go through to get your new vehicle registered.
Documents Required for Vehicle Registration in Nigeria
A valid driver’s license – if you don’t already have a driver’s license you should go to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) office closest to you to apply for one.
Insurance policy papers — This includes insurance policy number, and all other insurance documents you’ve gotten for the car.
Means of identification — Can either be an international passport, or national ID card or even your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC)
Proof of address — Utility bill that carries your address. It can either be electricity bill or even waste bill. Most times in Nigeria we use utility bills because the waste bill “sometimes they don’t issue receipt”.
Proof of ownership – There are many documents under this section that you need. No officer wants to register a car that is stolen. You should have at least one copy of each of the following documents;
Receipt of purchase
Attestation letter from the company you purchased the vehicle from
Tax identification number – This one is not a must have yet, but if you so have it’s good you add it.
Engine and chassis number of vehicles — This is also not compulsory, but it’s important. It wouldn’t cost anything to write out the engine number of your ride so why not just do it anyway.
Custom papers — If your car is not imported, you don’t need this.
If you have been able to get all the documents mentioned above, you’re ready to register that ride and wouldn’t have a need for going back home because you forgot this or that paper.
How to Register a vehicle in Nigeria
Registration of vehicles is quite easy if you’ve been able to secure the right documents. Following these given steps, your registration shouldn’t take long.
- Go to the National Vehicle Identification System official website https://nvis.frsc.gov.ng/ and fill out the MVA 01 form.
Print the filled form out and attach all the documents mentioned above to it.
Now go to the State Board of Internal Revenue (SBIR) with your documents, collect the allocation of plate number form, proceed to pay for your vehicle plate number, and collect your vehicle plate number.
The next thing is to go to the Vehicle Inspection Office to get your vehicle inspected. If VIO is satisfied with the inspection report, you will be issued a certificate of read worthiness. Without this certificate, it simply means your car isn’t safe enough to play Nigerian roads.
Finally, go back to SIBR to get your Valid Insurance Certificate, Proof of Ownership Certificate (POC), Vehicle Identification Tag (VIT), and Vehicle Plate Number.
All original copies of the documents submitted will be returned to you. The price for registration of vehicles is not fixed as it differs from state to state because the prices are not declared by FIRSC, rather they’re done by SBIR of that particular state.
37 Approved Vehicle Registration Centers in Nigeria
|ABIA||BIR Zonal Office, 5 Bende Road, Umuahia|
|ADAMAWA||BIR Office, Yola North|
|AKWA IBOM||BIR Office State Secretariat, Uyo|
|ANAMBRA||Motor Licensing Office, Npaje Awka|
|BAUCHI||BIR Office, Jos Road, Bauchi|
|BAYELSA||MLA Yenagoa: Obele street, Ovom, Yenagoa|
|MLA Kpansia: Inec Junction, Kpansia, Yenagoa|
|MLA Brass: BIR Secretariat complex, Road Safety Road, Yenagoa|
|MLA Ogbia: Emeyal II, Ogbia LGA|
|MLA Sagbama: Hospital Road, Yenagoa|
|BENUE||BIR Office, G.R.A. Kashim Ibrahim Road, Makurdi|
|BORNO||BIR Office, Opp. Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri|
|CROSS RIVER||BIR Office, 43 Akim Road Calabar|
|BIR Office, Ikot Omin Calabar|
|BIR Office, Inyang Street Calabar|
|DELTA||BIR Office, 27, Ezenei Avenue, Off Nnebisi Road Asaba|
|EBONYI||BIR Office, Ministry of Finance, Abakaliki|
|Ezza South LGA Motor Licensing Office, Onueke|
|Ebonyi LGA Motor Licensing Office, Ugbodo|
|Afikpo North LGA Motor Licensing Office, Afikpo|
|EDO||EIRS Office, New Lagos Road|
|EIRS Office, Forestry Road (LTO I & LTO II)|
|EIRS Office, TV Road|
|EIRS Office, Uselu|
|EIRS Office, Ikpoba Hill (Ramat Park)|
|EIRS Office, Obe|
|EIRS Office, Okada|
|EIRS Office, Ekpoma|
|EIRS Office, Auchi.|
|EKITI||BIR Office, Oke-Oriomi, Ado Ekiti|
|BIR Office, Beside First Bank Erekeson Market, Efon-Alaaye|
|BIR Office, Old secretariat complex, Emure-Ekiti|
|BIR Office, Oja-oba premises, Ido-Ekiti|
|Bir Office, Opp Oba palace, Ise-Ekiti|
|BIR Office, Oke-Osun, Ikere Ekiti|
|ENUGU||BIR Office, Okpara Avenue, Opp. PHCN Office Enugu|
|FCT||VIO Office, Mabushi Abuja|
|GOMBE||BIR Office, Gombe|
|IMO||BIR Office, Okigwe Road, Owerri|
|JIGAWA||BIR Office, Old Secretariat, Sani Abacha way, Dutse|
|KADUNA||BIR Office, Opp. High court Bida RS Kaduna|
|KANO||BIR Office, No.2 Bank Road, Kano.|
|KATSINA||BIR Office, G.R.A. Katsina|
|KEBBI||BIR Office, Opp. Diamond Bank, Birnin Kebbi|
|KOGI||BIR Office, No.1 Beach Road Lokoja|
|KWARA||IRS Office, Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin.|
|LAGOS||Motor Vehicle Adminstration Agency, Ojodu|
|NASSARAWA||BIR Office, Kasuwar Tomato, Lafia|
|BIR Office, Testing Ground Lafia|
|NIGER||VIO Office, along Paiko Road Minna|
|OGUN||IRS Oke-Mosan, Opp Federal High Court Abeokuta|
|ONDO||BIR Office, Alagbaka, Akure|
|OSUN||BIR Office, Ministry of Finance, State Secretariat Abere.|
|OYO||BIR Office, Onireke Road, Egbe Ibadan.|
|PLATEAU||BIR Office, No.7 Beach Road, Jos North|
|RIVERS||BIR Office, No. 22 William Jumbo Street, Port-harcourt|
|Obio Licensing Office, Old Aba Road, Portharcourt|
|Emenike Licensing Office. Emenike Junction, Diobu, Mile 1, Portharcourt|
|SOKOTO||BIR Office, behind City Campus, Usman Danfodio University|
|TARABA||BIR Office, Hamman Ruwa Road, Jalingo.|
|YOBE||BIR Office, Gujiba Road, Damaturu.|
|ZAMFARA||BIR Office, Tudun Wada, Gusau|