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5 August 2013

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How to Get a New Drivers License in Nigeria

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Possession of a valid drivers license allows the bearer to operate (drive) a vehicle such as a motorcycle, keke, car, bus, or a truck on a Nigerian roadway. Nigerian drivers license can also serve for other purposes as it can be used as a means of identity to the bearer when need be.
This is totally true because it contains
almost all the necessary biometric information of the bearer. Before now, getting a new drivers license in Nigeria was such a prodigious task but due to the ingenuity of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), the journey has been a bit hassle free. Bellow is the step-by-stepprocedure you will take to register and obtain your new drivers license in Nigeria. The application procedure depends on the category of the applicant, i.e., A new applicant who did not collect their drivers license before and  old applicants who want to renew their drivers lecense due to its expiration.   

Category A: New or Fresh Applicants:
Step 1: Attend a Driving School and Get Certified by VIO: VIO is an abbreviation that stands for Vehicle Inspection Office. Nigerians drivers license performs several roles. Apart from acting as a warrant for road users and medium of identity, it also certifies the bearer that he has been trained to drive. Getting enrolled in an accredited driving school is the most effective and convenient way to getting a driver's license here in Nigeria. At completion of the required programme of study, the driving school will then present you to the vehicle inspection office (VIO) for a driving test.

This is very is a very important step in the process of getting a new drivers license in Nigeria because the VIO will ensure that you have undergone due training before certification. According to Official Vehicle inspection Office website, “it is an offense to produce or obtain a Nigerian Drivers License without being certified competent by the VIO.  Having passed the test, you will be given a certificate of proficiency form the VIO. Now, you are done with this step. Are you ready to proceed?

Step 2: Collection of Registration form for Drivers License: With your certificate of proficiency in driving offered by the VIO, proceed with the licensing website and print out the registration form and bank teller or go in person to the drivers License Centre (DLC) to obtain the form and the bank teller.

Step 3: Payment: With the bank teller, proceed to the participating banks and make the necessary fee payment. At the time of writing this article, the amount for the new drivers license is about N6, 000 or so. You will definitely confirm the amount at the point of form and teller collection.

Step 4: Form Endorsement: Still at the DLC, present your duly completed forms and the bank teller to the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) desk and Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) for necessary endorsement.

Step 5: Biometric Capture: Still at the DLC, visit the Federal Road Safety Corp desk. Here they will capture your passport and fingerprint (thumbprint).

Step 6: Obtain a Temporary Drivers License: Upon successful completion of these steps, you will be given a temporary driver's license which will be valid for 60 days from the day of collection. After 60 days, your new drivers license would have been ready for collection.

Category B: Drivers License Renewal:
May be your drivers license has expired and you will want to apply for renewal please follows from step 2 to step 6 as discussed above

Remember, as speculated, you might be required to present your valid tax identificationnumber TIN to be able to register for your driver’s license in Nigeria.

Hope this directive helps.  For questions, comments and feedback please use the comment form below.

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  1. Yeah driving license is one the most important part while we are driving. I had recently made MR truck license QLD for my safety while driving.

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