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Nigeria - Apply for Re-registration of Cancelled Motor Vehicle

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The reregistration process involves a safety inspection, certification, registration and licensing. A Transport Service agent can carry out all of these steps. You need to provide proof that the vehicle has previously been registered in Nigeria.

There are eight steps to follow to re-register your vehicle if it isn't registered but:

Has been registered in Nigeria before, and
Hasn't been structurally damaged or deteriorated, and
Hasn't been modified.

Step I

You will need to appoint an agent if you can not do it your self to carry out a range of functions, including vehicle certification inspections. They employ vehicle inspectors (who are approved by the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices) to inspect and certify vehicles for re-registration.

In addition to certification inspections, the agents also assign and validate vehicle identification numbers , register new vehicles, relicense vehicles, carry out warrant of fitness and certificate of fitness inspections, issue road user charges, licences and process notices of sale and acquisition transactions.

Step II

If the vehicle being re-registered has been structurally damaged or modified, the agent may refer the vehicle to a specialist certifier. Specialist certifiers are appointed by the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority offices to assist in vehicle certification. An agent may refer a vehicle to one of the following specialist certifiers:

  • A repair certifier, if a vehicle has structural damage or deterioration or previous structural repairs that could affect its safety
  • A low volume vehicle certifier, if a vehicle has been modified in a way that could affect its safety.
Step III

It can be costly to restore or repair a damaged or deteriorated vehicle to a condition where it's suitable for reregistration. In some cases, the costs could be higher than the value of the vehicle. Some agents may offer a preliminary check to give you an indication of the work needed to bring the vehicle up to the necessary standard.

Step IV

Take the vehicle to an agent with proof that it has been previously registered in Nigeria and that you're the person entitled to reregister the vehicle.

The proof of previous registration can be old registration papers or documentation that verifies the vehicle's PIN or chassis number, eg registration plates and a warrant of fitness checksheet, or registration plates and insurance policy documents that show the PIN or chassis number.

The agent will need to be satisfied that these documents demonstrate that the vehicle, when originally registered, was designed and constructed according to the requirements applying at that time. For example, vehicles manufactured before 1991 don't need to meet as many vehicle standards.

Step V

The agent will inspect the vehicle, attach a PIN to it if necessary, and issue a record of certification for compliance with registration requirements. The agent will charge a fee for the vehicle inspection and certification. Information about the vehicle will be added to the motor vehicle register.

Step VI

The vehicle qualifies for a warrant of fitness from the date it passes the agent's inspection.

Step VII

The agent can re-register and license the vehicle for you so that you can legally drive it on the road again. The re-registration and licensing fee includes the cost of the new registration plates and the necessary licence labels. The vehicle can be re-registered immediately by the agent, or within the period for which the record of certification is valid.


Your vehicle may be driven on the road when it has its new registration plates, licence label, warrant of fitness label and (if applicable) and licence attached.

  • Until the reregistration and relicensing process is complete, a vehicle can't be driven on the road it must be towed or transported by another means.
  • The process may be more complicated and costly if the vehicle has been structurally damaged, deteriorated or modified in a way which could affect its safety performance, and the agent refers it to a specialist certifier.

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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


You can Visit the list of Approved Centers on this link

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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 for re- registering varies depending on the agent.


Valid for a long time.

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Processing Time[edit]

processing time takes 90 working days

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  • You need to provide proof that the vehicle has previously been registered in Nigeria.
  • 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 Nigerian Public 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]

Registration is the process of adding a vehicle to the motor vehicle register and issuing it with registration plates. Vehicles must be registered to be used on the road and only require re-registration if the registration has been cancelled.

If your vehicle's registration has been cancelled and you want to use the vehicle on the road again, it must be re-registered again.

There are several steps you need to follow first:

  • Inspection,
  • Certification,
  • Re-registration,
  • Licensing, and
  • Getting registration plates and labels issued to you,

Common reasons for cancelling registration include vehicles being 'written off' by insurance companies, destroyed or rendered permanently useless, or permanently removed from Nigerian public roads.

Information which might help[edit]

One reason vehicles need to be registered is to ensure that only those meeting Nigerian safety standards are on the road. When a vehicle is registered, it undergoes safety and identification inspections.

Registration also allows information about the vehicles on their roads to be recorded on the motor vehicle register. The information helps enforcement.

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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