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Stages involved in registering a government Vehicle in Nigeria is not far different from importing a new private vehicle, the only difference is in the payment of government tax,in that the government vehicle is not required to pay government taxes whereas the private new vehicle pays for taxes.

Registration forms to be completed

Upon satisfaction with the documents , the registration officer issues registration forms to be completed by applicant from the government which includes:

(a)Allocation of Registration Number of New Vehicle Form/Blue Form (Appendix MVAA 1)
(b)Auto vehicle License Form (Appendix MVAA 2)
(c)Form B (Appendix MVAA 3)
(d)Federal Road Safety Form, FRSC Form (Appendix MVAA 4)
(e)Tax Form (Appendix MVAA 5)

Police Confirmation and Endorsement

After the completion of the Forms listed above, the registration officer will forward them to the Police Officer attached to the Licensing office to append his/her signature on the Allocation form after verifying and satisfied with the documents along with the vehicle brought for registration.

This is to ensure that the vehicle under registration satisfies all the existing laws binding motor vehicle registration and that the vehicle to be registered is risk free not a stolen vehicle.

Issuance of Number Plate

Upon receipt of the police endorsed document, the registration officer then process for payment based on the type and capacity of vehicle;

Collection of issued Number Plate

The following are the steps required to obtain a new Number plate. (1) Applicants desired number is sent for VERIFICATION.

(2) Documents submitted for registration of vehicle are confirmed with the above stated requirements.

(3) Filling of special number request form by applicant after which payments are made to appropriate banks.

(4) Applicant returns duly completed form and proof of payments

(5) Produced special plates are documented and handed to the owner alongside other documents.

The issued number plate will then be handed over to the applicant,The number plate for government vehicles differs from the private vehicles.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Attestation letter from the company of purchase;
  • Receipt of Purchase/Invoice;
  • Delivery note from the company of purchase
  • Passport photograph of the vehicle owner;
  • Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate (Book C.191/FormC191) (Custom Card) to be submitted later for clearing.

Documents needed for registration of a government imported used Vehicle

(i) Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate (Book C. 191/Form C. 191 (Custom Card)

(ii) Payment Schedule (Form Sale 156) (attached to Custom Card)

(iii)Certificate of Entry (Form sale 157) (attached to Custom Card)

(iv) Bill of Lading containing the Chassis Number

(v) Engine Number (to be copied out from the engine of the vehicle)

(vi) Receipt of Purchase

(vii)Terminal Delivery Order (attached to Custom Card)

(viii)Vehicle Releasing Invoice (attached to Custom Card)

(ix) Form C2010 in duplicate (One with EXCHANGE & 5 inscription and the second with Other & 7 inscription

(x) Passport photograph of the vehicle owner.

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


Zone A6, Plot 2848, Off

Ibrahim Babangida Way,

Maitama, P.M.B. 150, Abuja

Tel: 09-5238120


Block 1, Kisumn Street (Old

Block 403), Off Michael

Okpara/Olusegun Obasanjo

Way, Zone 2, Wuse District

P.M.B. 125, Abuja

Tel: 09-523 1857

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Provide eligibility criteria's for going through this procedure.


(a) Standard Plate number 5,000.00
(b) Weighing Reg. 2,500.00-5,000.00
(c) Vehicle License:

1.0 -1.5 engine capacity - 1,000.00
1.6 2.0 engine capacity 1,500.00
2.1 3.0 engine capacity 2,000.00
Bus (Private) 2,000.00
Bus (Commercial) 2,500.00
Tipper/Lorry 3,000.00
Truck 3,000.00-5,000.00


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Processing Time[edit]

The process takes 21 days

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The Department of Road Transport (DRT) deals with motor vehicles from the time they are manufactured or imported to the time they are disposed or exported.

Vehicle registration can be done in most DRT offices nationwide and at selected vehicle registration offices in Nigeria.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of person to be registered as Registered owner
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Permanent Address
  • Temporary Address / Official Address
  • Duration of stay at the present address
  • Annual income
  • Name and address of the Dealer or Manufacturer from whom the vehicle was purchased
  • Particulars of Vehicle
  • Class of vehicle
  • The motor vehicle is
  • A new vehicle
  • Ex-army vehicle
  • Imported vehicle
  • Type of body
  • Type of vehicle
  • Maker's Name
  • Month and Year of manufacture
  • Number of cylinders
  • Horse power
  • Cubic capacity
  • Maker's classification if not known, wheel base
  • Chassis No. (Affix Pencil print)
  • Engine Number or Motor Number in case of Battery Operated Vehicles.
  • Seating capacity (including driver)
  • Fuel used in the engine

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Need for the Document[edit]

Vehicle registration is a requirement by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It's purpose is to establish clear ownership and to tax motorist or vehicle owners. Almost all vehicles bears a unique vehicle identification number, but only registered ones display a vehicle registration plate and carry a vehicle registration certificate.

Following are procedures on how to register a government vehicle.

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