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In Nigeria, driving without a valid driver’s license is both illegal and considered a criminal offense. The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is the authority responsible for issuing driving licenses, and obtaining one involves meeting specific criteria and incurring costs. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the requirements, steps, and the current cost of obtaining and renewing a driver’s license in Nigeria as of 2023.

Requirements for Obtaining a Driving License in Nigeria:

Before diving into the process, it’s crucial to ensure you have all the necessary documents. The list includes:

  1. Driving school certificate
  2. Learner’s permit
  3. VIO Test certificate
  4. Birth certificate/Age declaration
  5. Eye Test certificate from FRSC approved clinics
  6. Evidence of driver’s permit payment (bank teller or print out)
  7. National Identification Number

Steps to Obtain a New Driver’s License:

  1. Attend an accredited driving school: Enroll in a recognized driving school for training.
  2. Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) Test: After completing your driving school, undergo a driving test with the VIO.
  3. Certificate of Proficiency: Upon passing the test, receive a certificate of proficiency from the VIO.
  4. Complete the application form: Fill out the driver’s license application form either at the Drivers Licensing Centre (DLC) or online via the FRSC website.
  5. Payment: Pay the license fee online or at the bank.
  6. Print Acknowledgment Slip: If applying online, print your acknowledgment slip after payment verification.
  7. Endorsement: Present your application form/slip to the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) Officer and VIO at the DLC for endorsement.
  8. Biometrics Data Capture: Proceed to the FRSC Officer at the DLC for biometrics data capture.
  9. Temporary License: Obtain a temporary driver’s license valid for 60 days.
  10. Collect Original License: After 60 days, collect your original driver’s license at the BIR Office, with possible notification via text.

Nigerian Driving License Application Form:

Whether online or offline, the application form requires careful completion. Key details include:

  • Title (Mr/Mrs/Miss)
  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Other Name
  • Sex
  • Date Of Birth
  • Place Of Birth
  • Marital Status
  • Nationality
  • Address Information
  • State Of Origin
  • Local Government Of Origin
  • Phone Number(s)
  • Occupation
  • Mother’s Maiden Name
  • Height
  • Blood Group
  • Next Of Kin
  • Phone Number Of Next Of Kin
  • Nationality Of Next Of Kin
  • Years Of Application (Either three years or five years)

Cost of Driving License Application in Nigeria :

the fees for a new driver’s license application are:

  1. Certificate of Driving School: ₦8,000 (or more, depending on the driving school)
  2. Certificate of VIO test: ₦1,000
  3. Certificate of eye test: ₦500

On average, the cost of a driver’s license is ₦12,000 for three years or ₦15,000 for five years. It’s important to note that these prices have increased from ₦6,350 and ₦10,450 for 3 and 5 years, respectively.

How to Renew Your Driver’s License in Nigeria:

If your driver’s license is nearing expiration, follow these steps to renew it:

  1. Log on to the FRSC official driving license website.
  2. Click on ‘DL Application’ and select ‘Renew Driver’s License’ from the drop-down menu.
  3. Fill in your driver’s license number and date of birth to bring up existing demographic information about you.
  4. Make your payment online and print your receipt.
  5. Visit the nearest Drivers Licensing Centre, present your receipt and acknowledgment form.
  6. Obtain a temporary driving license, valid for 60 days.
  7. Pick up the original driver’s license at the BIR Office after 60 days.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can smoothly navigate the process of obtaining and renewing your driver’s license in Nigeria. Stay informed, follow the steps diligently, and ensure all required documents are in order for a hassle-free experience.

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