It’s always an embarrassing moment when stopped along the road by a police officer to confirm vehicle papers/document if you are eligible to drive or not. To this note, we had to enlighten you on the Required Vehicle Papers/Documents For Driving Eligibility In Nigeria.
Funny enough, most vehicle owners and drivers do have these papers but do not know the right paper to present at the right time. Since it is a compulsory thing for one to have these papers to be able to drive on the road without harassment from the FRSC officers or traffic officers, it is best you do proper vehicle registration and acquire the necessary vehicle papers.
Below is the list of document you have to present to FRSC officers or traffic officers or any other road and traffic agency when next you’d need to drive on Nigerian roads.
Required Vehicle Papers/Documents For Driving Eligibility In Nigeria;
National Drivers Licence
National Drivers License is the first on the list. If you must drive at all, even if you are not driving your car, you need Drivers License. Those qualified for this license are those above the age of 18, where it is believed that you are matured enough to under series of test and to take responsibility of your actions. This is telling the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officers that you are eligible and have passed the mental and physical test of driving any car on Nigerian roads. It is a MUST have document when considering the Required Vehicle Papers/Documents For Driving Eligibility In Nigeria.
National Certificate Of Road Worthiness
Next to National Drivers License is the National Certificate of Road Worthiness to drive to on Nigerian raods without any form of insult and harassment by road agencies.
As earlier said, it is another document that shows that you deserve to drive on roads after your mental and physical health has been tested and found no flaw. This is also important because it as well certifies that your vehicle is in good condition to be on the road. This is done for safety reasons.
Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOs) are require to properly inspect your vehicle to ascertain that your vehicle is in good shape to move around before the National Certificate of Road Worthiness is issued out.
Vehicle Registration (For Private Cars)
This is to ensure that a vehicle is properly registered and have complied with the various regulations and guidelines under the Nigerian Law and some government agencies that oversea this inspection.
Motor Vehicle Insurance
This happens to be another required document when also considering the Required Vehicle Papers/Documents For Driving Eligibility In Nigeria. Always get your car insured before hitting the road. This is for the purpose of getting your car covered in case of casualties from accident. The Nigerian Road Law agencies may also descend on you for not having the Motor Vehicle Insurance document.
For Commercial Vehicles
Vehicle documents/papers for commercial vehicles are slightly different from document obtained for private vehicles.
- Commercial Vehicle Licence
This license as the name implies, is only issued to commercial vehicle owners for business purpose in Nigeria. This license requires no inspection of the vehicle for it to be issued to owners of commercial vehicles.
To drive freely on Nigerian roads and particularly on Lagos roads, you need the hackney permit
The hackney permit is simply a licence for vehicles below a certain weight category to carry goods within a state.
This documents should be issued to you at the point of registering your vehicle and does not require any form of inspection before the licence is issued.
Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) Card
This is highly and only restricted to Lagos state drivers. It is of high importance for one to be certified by LASDRI for commercial vehicle drivers, pick-up owners and company vehicles’ drivers.
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