Driving In Nigeria; 5 Document You Must Have To Avoid Arrest by FRSC
Driving in Nigeria is becoming tedious day after day, from the bad roads to heavy traffic congestions along major highways, to various police and military checkpoints, delayed cause by state traffic officials and wanton arrest and impoundment of vehicles by the officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps. The list of why it has relatively become very tedious driving in Nigeria is very long. Many road users have complained that the activities of the officers of the FRSC are the worst.
However, as a driver, what are those important documents that you need to possess to have to avoid getting arrested and having your vehicle impounded by officials of state traffic regulators and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Driving in Nigeria; here are the lists of the 6 Most Important Documents you must have with you while driving to avoid been arrested by FRSC and State’s Traffic Officials. Aside from breaking the various road rules, these documents are what the officials are on the lookout for.
5 Document You Must Have Driving in Nigeria
- DRIVER LICENSE.
A Driver License is an official driving document, usually made from plastic and the size of a credit card. This document permits an individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or bus on a public road. This is the first and the most obvious document that road traffic officials ask for. So as a driver, driving in Nigeria you must have your valid driver’s license.
In Nigeria, the Driver’s license is issued by the Federal Road Safety Corps and it has either a 3-year or 5-year validity period before it expires. Individuals whose driver’s license has expired are expected to visit the nearest FRSC offices across the country for renewal. The cost of procuring a driver’s license in Nigeria is ₦6,350 for a 3-year driver’s license and ₦10,450 for a 5-year driver’s license.
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- PROOF OF OWNERSHIP:
Proof of ownership is a document that proves that the car is yours. The proof of ownership is among the car registration papers / Documents given to you at the Vehicle Inspection Office. Make sure you have this document after purchasing your car. If you bought the car Nigerian used, you need to have a change of ownership form.
Other documents that are used to back the proof of ownership document are Customs clearance papers, Vehicle registration document showing your name, Hire or lease agreement showing your name, insurance showing the vehicle registration number and that you are a named driver, a copy of the sales invoice from a dealership showing the vehicle registration number and your name.
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- VEHICLE LICENSE and NUMBER PLATE REGISTRATION:
The vehicle licenses and number plate registration is an important document. This document is issued at various state vehicle registration offices. This document is proof that the vehicle is registered under Nigerian law and needs to be renewed annually. The cost of vehicle registration various between states but according to my findings, the standard renewal fee for a vehicle license in Nigeria is N2,500.
To carry out a vehicle license registration the following documents are needed: A valid driver’s license, Insurance papers, Insurance policy number, means of identification (national identity card or international passport), details of current residential address (Utility Bill), proof of car ownership, Tax identification number, Custom duties and clearance papers (compulsory for imported vehicles).
- CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS:
A Certificate of roadworthiness is a document that shows that your car is in good condition and good to ply the road. This document is issued at the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) across the country. The document is renewable annually after a car inspection has been carried out on your vehicle. The cost of the certificate of roadworthiness is N4,450.
- CAR INSURANCE CERTIFICATE
When driving in Nigeria the car Insurance certificate is proof that your car is issued. Your car insurance can either be Third party insurance or Comprehensive Insurance. Third-party insurance is compulsory in Nigeria, while the Comprehensive is optional; however, the Third part of insurance covers injury from accidents, death, and damage to property that does not belong to you. The cost for Third-party Insurance depends on the type of car and its ranges between N5,000 and N10,000 for an annual premium.
On the other hand, Comprehensive Insurance covers all risks related to owning and driving a vehicle. However, this policy is not compulsory, but it is a good option if you have a new car or a car you are still paying for. This policy includes covers loss or damage to insured vehicles resulting from; collision, theft, fire, vandalism, accidental damages. And there is also legal liability for injury to you or passengers, Death, and Damage to the third parties’ property. The cost of Comprehensive insurance depends on the type of car, year of car, the insurance company, and insurance coverage.
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Other documents and Items needed in Your car when driving in Nigeria
In addition to having these documented listed above; a person driving in Nigeria must have the following items and documents such as spare tyre, fire extinguisher, car jack. Documents such as tint permits if your car windshields are tinted and a learner permit if the person driving the car is a learner. Other optional but important documents include a learners permit and tint permit. Having these documents and the items would save you a lot of hassle from FRSC officers and other road traffic regulatory officials.