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How to obtain Nigerian driver’s licence



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The Nigerian Driver’s Licence is an official document issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria permitting a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles on Nigerian roads. This document can be obtained with the following steps:

• Obtain and complete Form MVA 11 from Motor Licencing Authority (MLA).
• Attend driving test with the appropriate authority for desired category of driver’s licence Form.
• If successful, a certificate would be issued indicating the class of licence qualified for
• Pay the prescribed fee to the Motor Licencing Authority (MLA).
• MLA sends the Form to FRSC (IPC) for processing
• Applicant proceeds to FRSC Information Processing Centre (IPC) for physical capture of photograph, finger print and signature.
• Processed licence is sent to MLA for distribution to successful applicants
• An experienced driver may in addition obtain trade test certificate Issues (3), (2) and (1) from the ministry of labour and productivity.
• The minimum age for driving is 18 years
• The terminal age for driving is 70 years

Note: Changing category of drivers’ licence requires a new test.

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  1. abdurahmon habib

    August 16, 2016 at 15:07

    Thanks so much for the information I’ve been looking for something like this pls where is the nearest MLA office to Surulere I want to obtain the MVA11 form

  2. AutoJosh

    August 16, 2016 at 16:12

    17A, Alhaji Tokan Street, Western Avenue, Suru-lere, Lagos state. It is between stadium and Alaka estate.

    • abdurahmon habib

      August 16, 2016 at 17:40

      Thanks I really appreciate

      • AutoJosh

        August 16, 2016 at 18:53

        You are welcomed

  3. beamzy

    August 16, 2016 at 20:39

    Nice info @Autojosh

  4. AutoJosh

    August 17, 2016 at 06:17


  5. stephen

    August 17, 2016 at 09:13

    How long will it take for all this process to be completed obtaining a drivin license.

    • AutoJosh

      August 17, 2016 at 09:48

      You can get the temporary Licence within 24 to 48 hours after submitting all required documents which includes the driving test certificate. However, the original driver’s Licence should be ready in 4 to 8 weeks.

      • Villybest

        August 19, 2016 at 16:10

        But i applied for a drivers licence at the one at Anthony,Ikorodu rd,since over 3 weeks,i was told to wait till October for the temporary one,as it is,both temporary nor permanent hasn’t come out. What do you think is causing the delay?

        • AutoJosh

          August 19, 2016 at 16:19

          That may be a very busy centre and they have backlogs but such inefficiency is unacceptable. You also need to verify the status of your driving test certificate as delays are usually caused by that.

  6. stephen

    August 17, 2016 at 10:40

    Good quick response. Ok really going to the address advised close to surrender. How much will it cost me for the process. Because I was told by the Road safety guys that my present license is fake that I need to obtain the real one after spending 10k last year to get it. Need to know how much it will cost me for this new process. Will aporeciate your quick response. Thank you.

    • AutoJosh

      August 18, 2016 at 09:09

      The basic cost for the driver’s licence is N6,350. Furthermore, you will pay additional charges and taxes which vary per state for revenue generation; these charges would increase the total cost to about N10,000.

      Note that you may also need the driving school certificate at an average cost of N5,000.

  7. Olajyde

    September 25, 2016 at 10:58

    Wow! Just kind of stumbled on this site and I found myself so excited at your incisive writeups and advice to queries and enquiries. Kudos to you. I reside around the Alausa area in Lagos and need to renew my expired driver’s licence. Can you advice ways and means to avoid probable time wasters and rogue systems in the process please?

    • AutoJosh

      September 25, 2016 at 22:37

      Hello Mr Olajyde,

      The best means I know is to visit their authorized office at BIR Office, Opposite Police Training College, Ikeja or FRSC Office, Ojodu.

  8. joshua

    February 26, 2017 at 13:19

    Please a friend of mine wants to buy Infiniti fx 35 SUV,2006 or 2008 model Nigerian used,,,I was asked to make an estimate cost for it…plss I nid ur help…thanks

    • AutoJosh

      February 26, 2017 at 20:30

      Hi, you should get a good one for about 2m. Kindly carry out the vehicle inspection meticulously. Let me know if you have any other questions. Regards

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