Driving License in Nigeria! How To Obtain A New, Renew, Re-issue & Associated Costs

how much is drivers license in nigeria 2020Unlike in other countries where the procedures and requirements for obtaining a driving license involve lots of hassles, for Nigeria, everything seems different. This article is a 2020 updated step by step guide on how to obtain a new driving license in Nigeria, renewing, re-issuing and the costs associated.

Guide to drivers license in Nigeria and how much you are supposed to pay.

The process of obtaining a drivers license in Nigeria is very similar to obtianing some other government document. In order for one to quality, it is mandatory to first undergo a series of driving tests which will confirm that indeed one is fit to drive for as long the applicant meets other associated factors including age.

What is a driving license and why you need it?

Driving licenses are Government issued documents. The document gives the bear legal right not only to drive but also to operate a vehicle falling in the awarded class on public roads. In Nigeria, such a document is issued by the Federal Road Safety Commission upon verification of the applicant.

Types of drivers license in Nigeria

According to the Nigeria highway code, there are up to 10 classes, with each driving licenses categorised based on the kind of vehicle they apply to. Drivers are required to posses the valid same category license for the particular vehicle they are using where failure applies a fine.

The 10 types include the following..

1. Class A – Motor cycle.
2. Class B – Motor vehicle of less than 3 tonnes gross weight other than motor cycle, taxi, stage carriage or omnibus. “Omnibus” means any motor vehicle that carries more than six persons excluding the driver while “Stage carriage” is an omnibus used for hire or cab in which a fee is charged.
3. Class C – A motor vehicle of less than 3 tonnes gross weight, other than motor cycle.
4. Class D – Motor vehicle other than motor cycle, taxi, stage carriage, an articulated vehicle or vehicle drawing a trailer.
5. Class E – Motor vehicle other than a motor cycle or articulated vehicle.
6. Class F – Agricultural machines and tractors.
7. Class G – Articulated vehicles.
8. Class H – Earth moving vehicles.
9. Class J – Special, for physically challenged persons.
10. Class V – Convoy driving (persons engaged in driving senior government or political office holders in stream driving).

Eligibility for Driving License

Like it commonly happens in many countries especially in Africa, attaining the ages between eighteen (18) but not exceeding seventy (70) makes one eligible to qualify for a driver’s license in Nigeria. The applicant must also attend training at an accredited driving schools, be presented at the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) and be issued with a certificate of proficiency from the VIO once they pass the test.

Applying online

  • Visit www.nigeriadriverslicence.org.
  • Select “New Drivers License” under DL Application.
  • Type in your “Test Certificate Number” and click validate.
  • Fill in the entire form and print the “Acknowledgement Slip”.
  • Pay the required fees at your choice ie, UBA, FCMB, UNION or WEMA.
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Submitting your application form

Once you are done with all the above. The next step should be submitting all mandatory required documents including proof of payment to the “Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) Officer and VIO at the DLC” for endorsement.

Required documents

1. Application form
2. Payment slip
3. Learner’s permit
4. Certificate from driving school
5. Certificate of vio test
6. Certificate of eye test
7. Birth certificate.

At this stage, your biometric data will be captured upon presenting your documents to the FRSC officer at the DLC, and a 2 months expiry temporary license will be issued. You should be able to pick up your ready original driver’s licence at the BIR Office within or after 60 days from that date.

Driver’s license associated fees

1. Driving School certificate : N8,000
2. VIO test certificate : N1,000
3. Eye Test Certificate : N500
3. New / Renewal :  N6,000 for 3 years and N10,450 for 5 years.

Depending on who helps you out in the entire process, the above charges may change. But if you do everything yourself, the official fees will remain unchanged. The driving license costs vary depending on the number of years or validity one is paying for.

Renewal of drivers license

  • Visit www.nigeriadriverslicence.org.
  • Select “Renewal of Drivers License” under DL Application.
  • Type in your “Driver’s Licence Number”,  “Date of Birth” and click “Search”.
  • Fill in the entire form and print the “Acknowledgement Slip”.
  • Pay the required fees at your choice ie, UBA, FCMB, UNION or WEMA.
  • Submit your application, payment slip and any other to “FRSC office”.

Note: You can also visit www.frsc.gov.ng portal to locate the nearest office close to you for your submission.

Re-issue of drivers license

  • Visit www.nigeriadriverslicence.org.
  • Select “Re-issue of Drivers License” under DL Application.
  • Type in your “Driver’s Licence Number”,  “Date of Birth” and click “Search”.
  • Fill in the entire form, print the “Acknowledgement Slip” or download it.
  • Pay the required fees at your choice ie, UBA, FCMB, UNION or WEMA.
  • Submit your application, payment slip and any other to “FRSC office”.

You have read it all. And you can see how easy it is to get started regardless of what template you are processing for. The time it will take for you to get your new, renew or re-issue is approximately 60 days from the time when your application is recieved. And the validity will depend on the period you decide to pay for. You can always see a sample from a friend, or even online, assuming don’t know how it exactly looks like.

KWS Adams

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