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  • You should be certain that the motor vehicle will not be returning to the road. If you cancel the registration and then want to use the motor vehicle on the road again at some point in the future, you will need to re-register the motor vehicle with new registration plates.

To apply to cancel your registration follow the steps below
  • Complete an Application to cancel registration of a motor vehicle form (form MVA 02).
  • Present your form and your vehicle's registration plates with suitable identification to one of our approved agents in Nigeria.
  • If your vehicle is subject to road user charges, you need to present the last odometer reading . If you have any unpaid road user charges you'll need to pay them. You'll also have to pay backdated fees if your vehicle must be continuously licensed, and the licence or exemption has already expired when you apply to cancel the registration. You'll have to pay the licence fees owing between the date the licence or exemption expired and your application.
  • Be very sure you no longer wish to use your vehicle on the road. Re-registration is an involved process that incurs fees.

The State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria will cancel your vehicle's registration if your vehicle must be continuously licensed and you leave it unlicensed for 12 months. If the State board of internal revenue cancel your registration you'll still have to pay any outstanding licence fees. They may refer outstanding licence fees to a debt collection agency.

If your vehicle isn't required to be continuously licensed, They will cancel the registration after two years.

To De-register a vehicle,
  • Go to your nearest registering authority and submit the following:
  • Application for De-Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle.
  • Your identity document.
  • The manufacturer's certificate containing all of the relevant details of the vehicle.
  • A roadworthy certificate.
  • Certified copy of your identity document
  • Certified copy of proof of ownership of the motor vehicle (titleholder)
  • Supporting documentation if required.
  • The vehicles registration certificate.
  • Complete form ADV (Application for deregistration of vehicle).
You are not entitled to cancel the registration if
  • the vehicle has been stolen and not recovered
  • you are not the person registered in respect of the vehicle
  • the plates were lost or stolen
  • you are only wanting to replace the registration or personalised plates
  • you have found the plates and are only handing them in
  • you have sold the vehicle and the purchaser has failed to notify the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria of the acquisition of the vehicle.
  • you are temporarily taking the vehicle off the road.
  • Ensure the registration plates are removed from the motor vehicle so these can be returned with your application. If the plates are not returned then you may not be entitled to a refund of licensing fees.
  • You need to complete and submit the Application for cancellation of Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicle form, along with the required documents, to your nearest motor vehicle registering authority. There is a cost to de-register the vehicle and be issued with a receipt of proof of payment.
  • Take your application and the registration plates to State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria registration agent for processing. If the licence for the motor vehicle has already expired you will be required to pay licence fees from the date the licence expired up to the date of cancellation. If you are unable to pay these at the time, the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria will post a payment demand to you for these fees shortly after cancellation

Once your application has been processed the Motor Vehicle Register will be updated and the registration cancelled. Refunds of any unused portion of a licence are required to be approved by the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria and cannot be issued by the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria registration agent.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • A completed Application for Deregistration of Vehicle (ADV) form,
  • A completed Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR1A) form,
  • Supporting documentation, such as an affidavit that the vehicle has been stolen or is unfit for use,
  • A clear copy of your ID,
  • And the sum of any outstanding fines.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


2nd Floor, Annex 3, New Fed. Secretariat Complex

Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area, P.M.B. 1136

Abuja Tel: 09-5237054

Central Motor Registry

Nigeria Police Force

Louis Edet House, Area 11 Garki, Abuja

Phone Number: 0706622820


Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

No. 3 Maputo Street.

Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria

Telephone No.: 122 (Emergency Toll free Line)

0700 2255 3772

0807- 769 0362 (Text Messages Only)



Federal Ministry Of Labour and Productivity

2nd Floor (257-237), Block 4A, New Federal

Secretariat Complex, Shehu Shagari Way

Central Area, Abuja

Telephone No.: 09-5231694


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To be eligible you must be owning a Vehicle in Nigeria and circumstances force you to cancel the registration of that vehicle.


The service is free but penalties and arrears may be charged if the application is late.


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Processing Time[edit]

The process takes between 3-6 months

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  • The owner of the Vehicle has to inform the the inspector of Vehicle Offices in Nigeria by law in writing.
  • A Compulsory cancellation due to write off by the insurance company, insurance is required before the Government agency to write off the *vehicle if it is unfit on the Public Nigerian roads.
  • The insurance is supposed to permanently remove the vehicle from Nigerian public Roads if found to be unfit.
  • An inspection report which details the specifics of the vehicle and the corresponding emission test done to check the vehicle is not in a good condition before it is permanently removed from use on the public roads of Nigeria.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Valid identity proof
  • Citizenship
  • Address
  • Occupation
  • The Customs Value (CIF Value)
  • The Engine Size
  • The date of Manufacturing the Car
  • Registration certificate or card

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Need for the Document[edit]

All vehicle title holders in Nigeria are required by law to register their vehicles when they finance the sale of the vehicle or buy a vehicle without external financing. The owner, as the person who will enjoy the use of the vehicle, will license the vehicle.

In a more critical way, within the current crime environment in Nigeria, it is a measure to fight motor vehicle related crime and to improve road safety.

Cancelling a vehicle's registration is a serious step.

Cancelling the registration of a motor vehicle means that it is removed from the Motor Vehicle Register and the registration plates are returned to an Nigerian Transport Agency agent. When the registration of a motor vehicle is cancelled it is often referred to as being de-registered or lapsed.

which means you can no longer lawfully use the vehicle on Nigerian roads. Only you can cancel a vehicle's registration but this may be at the request of the vehicle's registered person or an insurance company.

When a motor vehicle has reached the end of its life and is no longer used on Nigerian roads, or is unable to be used on New Nigerian roads, its registration should be cancelled. De-registration of registered motor vehicle which becomes exempt from registration.

Motor Vehicle De registration is applied on the following grounds;

  • when the vehicle is permanently unfit for use,
  • permanently demolished, or exempted from registration.
  • may be at the request of the vehicle's registered person or an insurance company.
  • destroyed or becomes permanently useless
  • permanently removed from Nigeria.
  • written off by an insurer
  • significantly modified.

In Nigeria they don't cancel registration for stolen vehicles or plates. This procedure will provides general information about cancelling a vehicle's registration; when a vehicle's registration may be cancelled, by whom; how to go about cancelling a vehicle's registration in Nigeria.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Cancelling the registration of a motor vehicle is important because it lets the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria. know that the motor vehicle is no longer being used.
  • If you don't cancel the registration the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices in Nigeria will cancel the registration for you after 12 months have gone by without the vehicle having a current licence.
  • If this happens you will still be required by law to pay the 12 month's worth of licence fees.
  • If you cancel the registration at the time th

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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