Prevention of accidents and the insurance of safety for commercial motorists or private road users prompted the formation of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
The FRSC and its mother commission were established in 1988. The commission is charged with the responsibility of making policies while the FRSC goes on to implement the policies already made throughout the federation.
An average Nigerian driver goes through a tedious process just to get or renew their driver’s license.
In this writeup, you will learn the easy steps in applying for your Driver’s license and how to renew it.
How to apply?
The Nigerian driver’s license is one of the important legal documents a citizen or a resident should have.
It is issued by the Federal government of Nigeria and it empowers her citizens or residents the right to drive anywhere within the country.
With this document, a driver is free to drive anywhere without being harassed or abused indiscriminately.
The validity period of the Driver’s license is 3 years, after which motorists are expected to renew the document.
In 2012, the FRSC introduced a new Commercial Driver’s license that requires a compulsory medical certificate shown by the applicant to the commission before the license can be issued.
This is to ensure that drivers who apply to get the license are fit to ply the roads. However, the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2016, certified the production of another kind of Driver’s license that has an expiry period of five years.
Meanwhile, the minimum age for a Nigerian or resident to get a driver’s license is 18. Before it is issued to a person, he or she must have undergone training with an accredited driving school as a prerequisite to getting their license.
Requirements to obtain a new license
- An application form is filled by the applicant and, he or she signs and dates it.
- The applicant would provide a valid ID and a signature which is inputted into the database of the commission.
- Two passport photographs are then provided by the applicant. It is the same passport that will be shown on the Driver’s license
- He or she now proceeds to pay a processing fee of N3,250 in cash or by using a bank draft.
- He or she will provide proof of identity or providing their birth certificates or a sworn affidavit/declaration of age.
- The applicant shall also show proof that he or she can drive a car by presenting proof of driving test as issued by a government-approved driving school
- After due diligence has been carried out on the documents presented by the applicant, the driver’s license is then mailed to the applicant’s residential address.
- An applicant may choose to apply from a state of his or her residence
- A temporal driver’s license will be issued to the applicant and it would last for 60 days
- At the end of the 60 days of having the temporal license, the main driver’s license would then be issued to the applicant.
Renewing your Driver’s License
- First, you apply online by visiting here. Fill the form, and make sure you print both the filled form and the payment slip that will enable you to go to a bank to make payment.
- Visit a designated bank and make your payment
- Show your form to the Internal revenue officer for proper endorsement
- Go to the FRSC officer at the DLC for Data capturing
- Finally, you would be given a temporary driver’s license that has a validity of 60 days
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