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  1. Complete the Application for Aircraft Registration Form.
  2. Submit the completed form along with other required documents.
  3. Upon receipt of the application form, the aircraft value will be assessed, taxes will be calculated and an aircraft registration billing will be sent to you.
  4. Pay the registration fee.

Make sure that you complete the registration form properly, to avoid it being returned to you. Instructions on how to fill out the form can be found at the back part of the form.


A Certificate or notice of de-registration from the previous state of registry or a letter from the state of manufacture , if the aircraft is new and has never been registered in any other state, confirming non- registration. The de-registration certificate must be received by the| Authority directly from the state of registry and should never be presented by the applicant - should be State to State.

An aircraft may be registered only by and in the legal name of its owner.

The applicant must obtain Ministerial permit to import the aircraft from the Honourable Minister of Aviation.

  • The operator must have a valid Permit for Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF) which can be obtained from the Authority.
  • It is required that the CAA of country of registration must be an ICAO member state and CAA of that state must have been audited by the ICAO and found satisfactory.
  • NCAA inspector(s) must carry out a pre-importation inspection of the aircraft at a cost to be borne by the applicant (operator) before the aircraft will be given clearance to operate into the country.

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Required Documents[edit]

After the aircraft has been evaluated and found acceptable for issue of a certificate of registration it is required to submit the following documents to the Authority:

  • Aircraft Registration Application
  • A Certificate or notice of de-registration from the previous state of registry or a letter from the state of manufacture , if the aircraft is new and has never been registered in any other state, confirming non- registration. The de-registration certificate must be received by the| Authority directly from the state of registry and should never be presented by the applicant - should be State to State.
  • Document(s) to prove the aircraft ownership, (e.g. Bill of Sale, e.t.c.);
  • A copy of a government issued Identity Card (ID) or Passport if owned by an individual, or any other identification card approved by the Authority;
  • A certified copy of the Certificate of incorporation if owned by a company;
  • Names of the directors of the company owning or leasing the aircraft and their specimen signatures giving authority to register and/or operate the aircraft in Nigeria and indicating who among them has the mandate to transact on their behalf on matters relating to the aircraft registration and/or operation;
  • A certified copy of the lease agreement if the aircraft is on lease with stamp duties paid;
  • A certified copy of the power of attorney from the owner/lessor and the lessee, (both of them);
  • A certified copy of an aircraft current Insurance Certificate; and
  • Proof of payment of the prescribed fees (see Fees Schedule in the Nigeria CARs).
  • a certified copy of Air Transport Licence (ATL), Air Operating Permit (AOP) or Permit For Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF).

To register an aircraft send the following to the Aircraft Registration Civil Aviation Authority in Nigeria:

  • an Aircraft Registration Application,
  • evidence of ownership (such as a bill of sale)
  • the $5.00 registration fee made payable to the Federal Aviation Administration in Nigeria.

The aircraft registration application must be signed by the owner/applicant. The owners name on the application must be identical to the name as shown on the evidence of ownership. The type of registration block checked and the title of the signer must also agree. (See r The The application must also meet the following requirements: a)The typed or printed name of the signer(s) must be included in the signature element.

You must use an original Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form . do not accept photocopies are not accepted or computer-generated copies of this form. Aircraft Registration Applications may be obtained from the Aircraft Registration Authority.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Director General

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

Aviation House,

P.M.B. 21029,

21038 Ikeja, Lagos.

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An applicant for aircraft registration shall meet in full the eligibility requirements stated in Regulation 2.1.2 of Part 4 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations:

An aircraft is eligible for registration if it is

  • Owned by:
    • A citizen of Nigeria,
    • An individual citizen of another State who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence in Nigeria,
    • A corporation lawfully organised and doing business under the laws of Nigeria and the aircraft is based and primarily used in Nigeria,
    • A government entity of Nigeria or political subdivision thereof; or
    • A foreign person who has leased the aircraft to one of the persons described in paragraphs (i) (iv) above, provided that:
    • The aircraft may remain on the Nigerian registry only for as long as the lease remains in effect; and certificate of registration includes the names and addresses of the lessee and, if different, the operator of the aircraft; and
  • Not registered under the laws of any other State; and
  • The aircraft is not more than 22 years old, unless the aircraft is used exclusively for general aviation purposes.


License Tax

License tax for an aircraft in storage, salvage or repair: $20.00 + $5.00 registration fee.

Owners of aircraft which are not properly registered or exempted within the established time limits will be liable for the full registration fee, license tax, $25.00 penalty and a $5.00 late fee for each subsequent month of delinquency. For initial registration, the license tax is prorated based on the date of entry into Nigeria or the date of purchase.

The license tax is based on the average wholesale blue-book value for the make, model and year of aircraft. Actual purchase price, condition and equipment are not considered in making the valuation.

There are no tax refunds. If an aircraft is sold, transferred to another owner, or leaves Nigeria during the year for which tax has already been paid, the tax stays with the aircraft.

In these cases, the aircraft registration expires and the new owner must register the aircraft within 60 days if the aircraft remains based in Nigeria.

Failure to register within 60 days, will result in registration penalties being assessed in the amount of $25.00 for the first delinquent month and $5.00 for each subsequent delinquent month.


Valid for a period of 5 years.

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Processing Time[edit]

The processing time is 90 working days

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  • Aircraft Owners are required to complete an Application for Aircraft Registration and to register their aircraft with the Nigerian Civial Aviation Authority,Division Aircraft Registration Unit if the aircraft is based in Nigeria.
  • This must be completed within 60 days after an aircraft is brought into Nigeria and must be renewed annually by the last day of February.
  • If the aircraft is purchased from a dealer in foreign country, the dealer is to require the buyer to fill out an Application for Aircraft Registration.
  • The dealer is required to forward the application to the Air craft Division Aircraft Registration Unit within 10 days of the sale. The form may mailed to the Division Aircraft Registration Unit.
  • An owner bringing in an aircraft from out of Nigeria must be the one to submit the application. Registration must be completed within 60 days of entry into Nigeria to avoid penalty fees.

Required Information[edit]

Section A - Aircraft
  • Aircraft Number
  • Serial number
  • Year of manufacture
  • Model
  • Manufacturer
  • Aircraft type
  • Horsepower
  • Date aircraft entered Nigeria
  • Date aircraft was purchased
  • Where the aircraft is usually based

Section B - Ownership
  • Owner
  • Address
  • Day phone
  • E-mail address
  • Type of owne

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Need for the Document[edit]

Over 50 percent of the civil aircraft registered in Nigeria are used for business and general aviation operations.

A person who wishes to register an aircraft in Nigeria shall apply to the Authority for aircraft registration by submitting a duly completed prescribed application Form: AC-AWS 001A to the Authority.

Registration Acceptance Application for aircraft registration is accepted only for aircraft of a type that is acceptable to the Authority.

On completion of a successful documents evaluation, the airworthiness inspector issues the aircraft acceptance for registration note. No aircraft shall be registered without a registration acceptance note issued by the Authority.

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