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4 Easy Steps to Get Your Nigerian Drivers License

4 Easy Steps to Get Your Nigerian Drivers License
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4 Easy Steps to Get Your Nigerian Drivers License


A Driver’s License is a legal document that confers on a driver the right to operate motor vehicles on a public highway – without any in-vehicle supervisions.

These motor vehicles may include a motorcycle, a car, a truck, or a bus.

Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege and not a right. Your driver license is what grants you the privilege to operate a motor vehicle on the Nigerian Highways.

Having a license to drive implies you are 18, and have undertaken the prescribed courses in Automobile Drivers’ Education (Classroom and Behind-The-Wheel-Training) at accredited institutions.

Accredited institutions includes but not limited to driving schools approved by the Department of Motor Vehicle Administration (DVMA), under the Federal Road Safety Commission Code.


Read: How to Start Your Free Driving Training Online at AB Drives


The Nigerian traffic law defined different categories of drivers license; however this information is beyond the scope of this post.

Here you’re going to learn everything you need to get your Nigerian drivers license in 4 easy steps. But before we start, let’s take a look as some basic terms and stages involved.




Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roads in Nigeria is required by law to have the license to drive.

You may obtain a Nigerian drivers license if you:

  • Are considered a Nigerian resident or tourist;
  • Are at least 18 years of age;
  • Have completed the prescribed Driver Education Courses;
  • Have successfully passed the required Vision Test,
  • Have successfully passed the required Knowledge Test, and
  • Have successfully passed the required Driving Test.


It is time that one can receive a license to drive in most States in Nigeria without getting the approved driving tests and procedures.

But the Director Vehicle Inspection Service, Lagos State Nigeria, Mr. Gbolahan Toriola, disagreed to this effect.

Toriola noted that if one doesn’t follow the procedures, there is no way the person would get a valid or original driving license.

“We would impound the vehicle if we discover the driver has a fake license. There are security features to detect a fake license”– he noted.


How to Get Your Nigerian Driver’s License

4 Easy Steps to Get Your Nigerian Drivers License




In most countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and like Nigeria, getting a driving license requires a first line driver to first attend a driving training at an accredited driving school, undergo certain knowledge and vision test before one can be issued a license to drive.

Drivers’ Training, Testing and Certification are core values to road safety.

The Nigerian Graduated Drivers Licensing Program is originally designed to offer Drivers the privilege of structured learning for the promotion of basic knowledge and skills in driving over an extended period of time.


Read: 15 Most Important Road Safety Advise for All Drivers


The Three Stages of NGDL Include:

  • The Learner’s Instruction Permit Stage.
  • The Learner’s Testing and Probationary Stage.
  • The Full Driver’s Licensing Stage.


The Learners Instruction Permit Stage

Learner’s instruction permit is the legal document that gives a first time driver the right to operate or learn how to drive a motorized vehicle on a public roadway under the supervision of a licensed and experienced driver, usually know as a Driving Training Instructor (DTI).

A driving training instructor is a qualified driver who is certified by the National Association of Driving Instructors of Nigeria (NADIN).

Thus, the Learner’s Instruction Permit Stage requires a Trainee Driver to hold a learner’s permit for a period ranging from three months to one year while undergoing his/her training.

During this period, the trainee driver must enroll in an approved or accredited driving school and undergo comprehensive theory and practical training sessions.


The Learner’s Testing and Probationary Stage

When you choose to train, most driving schools and the licensing officers would conduct several tastings; including written, physical and driving test on each student.

The physical test would examine the candidate’s physical features and medical conditions. The visual test will determine the person’s sight capability using the recommended eye-testing procedures and devices.

While the written examination tests one’s level of knowledge about the basic driving techniques, attitudes, driving rules and regulations, after intensive driving classes.

If the student passed the above written and physical tests satisfactorily, he/she would be scheduled on a regular practical lessons and road tests. This is the behind-the-wheel-trainings for the students that meet the training requirements.


Read: 4 Easy Steps to Register Your Vehicles in Nigeria


The Full Nigerian Drivers Licensing Stage

Before a candidate can proceed to this stage, one must have driven for not less than 51hours – without committing any traffic offense or at fault accidents.

Note, a learn driver must not carry other passengers and must not drive late at night during this period.

Now here’re the requirements for getting your Nigerian drivers license.



  • #1. First obtain a pass from a driving school approved by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC); with a third issue Learner’s Permit.
  • #2. Obtain and complete form MVA 11 from the Motor Licensing Unit (MLU).
  • #3. Attend the driving screening and approval with the appropriate authority.
  • #4. If successful, you’re to pay the required fees to the State Board of Internal Revenue (SBIR). So the application would then be processed.


In addition, the Federal Road Safety Commission of Nigeria (FRSCN) has now made the new Nigeria Drivers License registration process very easy.

Apart from manual application method; you can also apply for a new or renewal of your drivers’ license online.

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