Decoding Nigeria plate number abbreviation

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1. Decoding Nigeria plate number abbreviation

In every country around the world, you will find plate numbers on virtually every car, Nigeria is no exception. A plate number is one of the government’s established means of identification of vehicles. Obviously, a bulk of vehicles come in the same model, color and features, so distinguishing between them will be impossible.

There are different formations of number plates, depending on country preference. In Nigeria, the unique format is something like this:

ABC-123DE

The first three letters represent the Local Government Area where the vehicle was registered, then three digits and two other letters follow.

The two last letter codes are mainly for numbering. For example, the number series will go from 001AA to 999AA before moving onto 001AB to 999AB and so on. However, the former letter is used to distinguish types of vehicles in some cases. For instance, A means private vehicles, X means taxi and commercial transports, Q refers to bikes and tricycles and H is for hilux vans.

Generally, the license plates are white, while the plate number is imprinted in blue. You may have noticed other kinds of number plates, some in red and some in green.

a-Lagos-state-number-plate

A Lagos state plate number

For commercial vehicles, the plate number is imprinted in red, government plates are in green, then diplomatic plates are imprinted in purple and green, with white lettering. For diplomatic plates, the first two or three digits indicate the country the car’s owner represents, then two letters and numbers follow. On this exclusive plate, you’ll find CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE, instead of the name of the state.

>>> See 11 types of number plates in Nigeria & what they signify

As mentioned earlier, the first three letters represent the local government the car was registered, this could be in any state in Nigeria. Although we couldn’t find all the abbreviations, we found a good number of them. 

2. List of Nigeria plate number abbreviation (all states)

Abuja number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
RSH Karshi Area Council
RBC Rubuchi Admin council
KWL Kwali Area Council
KUJ Kuje Area Council
ABC Abuja municipal Council
ABJ Abaji Area Council
BWR Bwari Area Council

Ekiti number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
ADK Ado Ekiti
KER Ikere Ekiti
AMK Aramoko Ekiti
EFY Efon Alaye
KLE Ikole Ekiti
TUN Moba LG (Otun)
EMR Emure Ekiti
MUE Omuo Ekiti

Ondo number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
AKR Akure south (Akure)
JTA Akure North (Ita Ogbolu)
FGB Ifedore (Igbara-Oke)
WWW Owo (Owo)
LEL Ile Oluji (Ile Oluji)
NND Ondo West (Ondo)
BDR Ondo East (Bolorunduro)
WEN Idanre (Owena)
SUA Akoko South East (Isua)
REE Odigbo  (Ore)
GBA Igbokoda ( Igbokoda)
KTP Okitipupa 
ANG Akoko Northwest (oke Agbe)
FFN Ose LG (Ifon)
KAA Iwaro Oka or Ikare

Osun number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
LES Ilesa
KRE Ikire
SGB Ogbogbo
GBN Gbongon
FNN Ifon Osun
EDE EDE

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Oyo number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
BDJ Bodija Ibadan
AME Arowomole (Ogbomosho)
LUY Oluyole (Ibadan)
MAP Mapo (Ibadan)
SEY Iseyin
GBR Igbo Ora
NRK Onireke (Ibadan)
YYY (Oyo east LG) Headquarter in Kosobo
FMT (Atiba LG) Headquarters in Offa Meta
JND (Oyo west LG) Headquarters in Ojongbodu
JBL (Afijio LG) Headquarters in Jobele and its JBL

Lagos number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
FST Festac 
SMK Somolu
JJJ Ojo
KJA Ikeja
AAA Lagos Island LG
FKJ Ifako Ijaiye
AKD Ibeju Lekki
LND Lagos Mainland
LSR Surulere
LSD Oshodi Isolo
KSF Kosofe
AGL Ajeromi Ifelodun
APP Apapa
KTU Alimosho
BDG Badagry
EKY Eti-Osa LG
KRD Ikorodu
EPE Epe
MUS Mushin
GGE Agege

>>> Learn more about number plates in Lagos: Lagos state vehicle registration & plate number verification

Katsina number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
BKR

Bakori

BAT

Batagarawa

BTR

Batsari

BRE

Baure

BDW

Bindawa

CRC

Charanchi

DDM

Dandume

DJA

Danja

DMS

Danmusa

DRA

Daura

DTS

Dutsi

DTM

Dutsinma

FSK

Faskari

FTA

Funtua

NGW

Ingawa

JBY

Jibia

KFY

Kafur

KAT

Kaita

KNK

Kankia

KKR

Kankara

KTN

Katsina

KUF

Kurfi

KSD

Kusada

MDW

Mai’adua

MLF

Malumfashi

MAN

Mani

MSH

Mashi

MTZ

Matazu

MSW

Musawa

RMY

Rimi

SBA

Sabua

SFN

Safana

SDM

Sandamu

ZNG

Zango

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Cross River number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
TGD Abi (Itigidi)
KAM Akamkpa
KTA Akpabuyo (Headquarters at Ikot Nakanda)

BKS

Bakassi
ABE

Bekwarra (Headquarters at Abuochicie)

AKP

Biase (Headquarters at Akpet-Central)

BJE

Boki (Boje)

CAL

Calabar Municipal

ANA

Calabar south (Anantigha)

EFE

Etung (Effraya)

KMM

Ikom

BNS

Obanliku (Sankwala)

BRA

Obubra

UDU

Obudu

DUK

Odukpani

GGJ

Ogoja

GEP

Yakurr

CKK

Yala (Okpoma)

Kaduna number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
KGK Kagarko
KCH Kachia
KJR Kajuru
KJM Chikun (Kujama)
KWB Jaba (Kwoi)
KAF Jema'a (Kafanchan)
KRU Kauru
KRA Kaura
KAR Ikara
MKR Makarfi
MKA Kaduna South (Makera)
DKA Kaduna North (Doka)
GKW Giwa
HKY Kudan (Hunkuyi)
ZKW Zangon Kataf (Zonkwa)
TRK Igabi (Turunku)
SNK Lere (Saminaka)
ANC Kubau (Anchau)
MGN Soba (Maigana)
BNG Birnin Gwari
SBG Sabon Gari (Sabon Garin Zaria)
ZAR Zaria
GWT Sanga (Gwanto)

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Kano number plate abbreviation

Abbreviation Local government
FGE Fagge
DAL Dala
TRN Tarauni
NSR Nasarawa
GWL Gwale
UGG Ungogo
KBT Kumbotso
DTF Dawakin Tofa
KMC Kano Municipal

When you purchase a new car, you don’t just hit the road without proper procedures. You have to register for a new plate number and if you have one, but probably haven’t used it before, you have to verify its authenticity. These services cost a token, but it’s nothing compared to the cost of your vehicle.

>>> Vehicle plate number verification, costs and approved sites for new number plate

3. How to register for vehicle plate number in Nigeria

  1. Register online

Visit the online website to fill a form: www.nvisng.org. Then print the completed form, and attach all relevant vehicle documents. Then submit the completed form to the office of the State Board of Internal Revenue/Motor Licensing Authority (SBIR/MLA).

Or you can visit FRSC Approved centers for number plate registration across Nigeria to register offline.

  1. Pay for the plate number

Pay the necessary amount in the designated bank (or cash, if applicable). Afterward, attach a photocopy of the payment teller with the document you intend to submit. Make sure you keep a copy of the teller or an acknowledgment receipt, in case of an eventuality.

  1. VIO Inspection

At this stage, you have to take your vehicle to the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) for physical confirmation. Once the VIO is satisfied with the condition of your vehicle, you will be issued a certificate of roadworthiness which will be attached to the vehicle license.

  1. Road Safety Inspection

The Road Safety officers will have to confirm the issued documents which include: driving license, insurance policy number, means of identification, and proof of address.

Once the documents are verified, the officer in charge will issue an approval notice to the SBIR/MLA, where a Proof of Ownership Certificate (POC) number will be printed.  

Lastly, the POC, Vehicle Number Plate and Vehicle Identification Tag (VIT) will be officially released to you.

4. Number plate verification in Nigeria

  1. Visit the Federal Road Safety verification of plate number website: https://nvis.frsc.gov.ng/NumberPlateVerification.aspx
  2. Input your plate number in the box, i.e. ACF1234AD. Be sure to enter the number without space, ACF123AD will not be accepted.
  3. Click on the “Verify” button.

Note: A statement will appear on the same page, saying invalid plate number plate (if it’s fake) or number plate is valid (if it’s genuine).

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How much does registration and verification cost?

Verification will only cost you an internet connection, but getting a new number plate will cost a few bucks. The current cost of registering a new number plate and other plate number related services are outlined below:

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

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5. Conclusion

To avoid harassment or getting a fake number plate, it is best you follow the procedures outlined above. They’re quite simple and it’s a one-off procedure. Also, acquiring and verifying your number plate makes it easy to find your vehicle in case of theft, you’re simply helping yourself by doing the needful.

This article of Nigeria number plate abbreviation is brought to you by Naijauto.com.

Oluwatobi Ogunrinde

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