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:
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 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.
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
|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
|TUN||Moba LG (Otun)|
Ondo number plate abbreviation
|AKR||Akure south (Akure)|
|JTA||Akure North (Ita Ogbolu)|
|LEL||Ile Oluji (Ile Oluji)|
|NND||Ondo West (Ondo)|
|BDR||Ondo East (Bolorunduro)|
|SUA||Akoko South East (Isua)|
|GBA||Igbokoda ( Igbokoda)|
|ANG||Akoko Northwest (oke Agbe)|
|FFN||Ose LG (Ifon)|
|KAA||Iwaro Oka or Ikare|
Osun number plate abbreviation
Oyo number plate abbreviation
|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
|AAA||Lagos Island LG|
Katsina number plate abbreviation
Cross River number plate abbreviation
|KTA||Akpabuyo (Headquarters at Ikot Nakanda)|
Bekwarra (Headquarters at Abuochicie)
Biase (Headquarters at Akpet-Central)
Calabar south (Anantigha)
Kaduna number plate abbreviation
|MKA||Kaduna South (Makera)|
|DKA||Kaduna North (Doka)|
|ZKW||Zangon Kataf (Zonkwa)|
|SBG||Sabon Gari (Sabon Garin Zaria)|
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Kano number plate abbreviation
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.
3. How to register for vehicle plate number in Nigeria
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.
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.
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.
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
- Visit the Federal Road Safety verification of plate number website: https://nvis.frsc.gov.ng/NumberPlateVerification.aspx
- Input your plate number in the box, i.e. ACF1234AD. Be sure to enter the number without space, ACF123AD will not be accepted.
- 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).
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:
|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|
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.
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