I have just got a new car, how long can I drive my car before registering a plate number on it?

First congratulations you're going to paint the town red with your new crooner. Therefore, you need to register your new vehicle before you can drive it around otherwise you risk been caught by the law enforcement agencies and your dream car could even be impounded. Are you ready for your vehicle registration? We will now take a look at how to register a new car in Nigeria.


  • Attestation letter from the company of purchase;

  • Receipt of Purchase/Invoice;

  • Delivery note from the company of purchase

  • Proof of Ownership of the car

  • A valid and current Driver’s License.

  • Any means of Identification such as National Identity Card and International passport

  • Proof of current address.

  • For new imported cars the following additional documents are required:

  • Tax Identification Number (TIN),

  • Custom papers (showing that the vehicle has been cleared by Nigerian Customs Service.

Pay a visit to the Board of Internal Revenue Service/Motor Licensing Authority (BIR/MLA), pick up a vehicle registration form and fill in all the details. Attach all necessary documents and submit once the authorities are satisfied.

The next stage after the verification process is payment for license plate which is done in the bank. The amount required is usually about 50,000 naira. Although this depends on the kind of plate you wish to have. After payment, you will be required to present your receipt and a plate number based on availability will be allocated to you. You will also be given Allocation of Plate Number Receipt, Proof of ownership Certificate, Registration Certificate, Registration Booklet, Vehicle License, Roadworthiness/VIO Certificates and a Vehicle Identification Tag (VIT) All the original documents you submitted will then be returned to you. You need to cross check to make sure that nothing is missing. The next step is to buy an auto insurance policy for your new car. This can be a comprehensive or third party car insurance. Now that you have gone through registration process with all necessary documents in your possession, you can now freely drive your new car without fear of law enforcement agencies.