You know that feeling when you just buy a car and you want to cruise around town immediately in it. The same feeling comes when you buy new shoes or new clothes. For shoes, bags, clothes, wristwatches, and others in that category, you don't need any legal documentation before you can start to utilize them.
The reason why cars need proper documentation and registration with the government is that the roads which your new car would drive on were built by the government. You must tag your car worthy of plying every road by obtaining every important document and a signature license plates/number plates that are unique to your car.
But... Can you drive new cars without number plates in Nigeria? That is the question!
When you see cars like this, what comes to mind? new, on sale or being painted
License plates in Nigeria is a 6 x 12 inches white metal plate with a blue/green/red write-up that represents the code of your car. You can decode the Nigerian number plates to have any idea who owns the car by just looking at the alphanumeric code.
Can you drive new cars without number plates in Nigeria?
According to the law of Nigeria, you can drive a newly bought car for 3 months without license plates as long as you have the legit customs and clearing documents of the car.
Whether the car is brand new, tokunbo, or used, there should be proof that shows you just bought the car. Most of the times, a receipt is issued by the seller or a change of ownership documents.
During these 3 months, you must be processing your license plates while you drive your car around. However, cars without plates attract law enforcement agencies because they need to be sure that the car has no crime attached to it.
Car dealers/sellers are only allowed by the law to drive cars on sale around with registered car dealer number plates that read 'DLA' to show that the car is legally under sale within Nigeria.
This is the plate number for car sellers
If you can prove to the Police, VIO officials, FRSC officials, and any other enforcement agency that you just bought your car within 3 months then you are not going to have any issues.
Different types of number plates in Nigeria
There are three main types of number plates in Nigeria:
- Private number plates (blue write-up)
- Commercial number plate (red write-up)
- Government number plates (green write-up)
The private number plates are for cars that are for personal use while the commercial plates are for cars that would be used for commercial purposes like Taxis and Transit buses then government plates are for cars that are under the care of the Nigerian government as a State Governor's convoy of cars.
What is the cost of obtaining car-number plates in Nigeria?
The cost of obtaining vehicle plate number in Nigeria varies from car to car, below is a table for the updated price for this plate numbers.
|Number plates service cost|
|Standard Number Plate||₦12,500|
|Out of Service||₦40,000|
|Articulated Number Plate||₦20,000|
|Number Plate Renewal||₦10,000|
|Number Plate Replacement (Standard)||₦10,000|
|Fancy Number Plate (Motor Cycle)||₦30,000|
|Motor Dealer Plate (Special)||₦30,000|
|Fancy Number Plate (Standard)||₦80,000|
|Motorcycle Plate (Ordinary)||₦3,000|
|Motor Dealers Plate (Ordinary)||₦25,000|
The process of obtaining vehicle license plates in Nigeria is usually under 2 weeks or more depending on the availability of the materials needed.
You now know that you can drive a newly bought car around without license plates for only 3 months before it becomes illegal to do so. Keep driving safe with NAIJAUTO.COM as we make sure that you always get up to speed.
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