How To Renew Your Driver’s License In Nigeria

Renewing your driver’s license is an essential task for every driver in Nigeria. It is important to ensure that your license is up to date to avoid any legal consequences and to maintain road safety.

In this article, you will learn the step-by-step process to renew your driver’s license in Nigeria. From gathering the necessary documents to completing the renewal application, we’ve got you covered.

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Eligibility Criteria for Driver’s License Renewal

Before proceeding with the renewal process, it is important to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). The following are the general requirements for driver’s license renewal in Nigeria:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Your current driver’s license must have expired or be close to expiration.
  3. You must have a valid National Identification Number (NIN).
  4. You should not have any outstanding traffic violations or fines.

Gathering the Required Documents

To renew your driver’s license, you will need to gather the necessary documents. These documents include:

  1. Expired driver’s license
  2. National Identification Number (NIN)
  3. Birth certificate or age declaration
  4. Proof of address (utility bill, bank statement, etc.)
  5. Passport photographs
  6. Medical certificate of fitness from an approved medical center

It is important to ensure that all the documents are valid and up to date. Any discrepancies or missing documents may delay the renewal process.

Renewal Fees and Validity Period

Renewing your drivers license comes with certain fees and a validity period. The fees vary depending on the duration of the renewal and the category of your drivers license. The following are the current fees for drivers license renewal in Nigeria:

  1. Three-year renewal: N12,000
  2. Five-year renewal: N15,000

It is important to note that these fees are subject to change, so it is advisable to check the official FRSC website or contact the licensing office for the most up-to-date information. The validity period of a renewed drivers license also depends on the category:

  1. Private vehicle license: Three years or five years
  2. Commercial vehicle license: One year or three years

Choosing the Renewal Method

There are two methods available for renewing your drivers license: the physical method and the online method.

Physical Renewal Method

The physical renewal method requires you to visit a designated licensing office or Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) office in your state. Follow these steps for physical renewal:

  1. Locate the nearest licensing office or FRSC office.
  2. Collect and fill out the drivers license renewal form.
  3. Submit the completed form along with the required documents.
  4. Pay the renewal fee at the designated payment counter.
  5. Undergo biometric data capture, including fingerprints and a photograph.
  6. Collect your temporary drivers license, which will be valid for a specified period.
  7. Visit the licensing office again to collect your original drivers license after the specified period.

Online Renewal Method

The online renewal method provides a more convenient option for renewing your drivers license. Follow these steps for online renewal:

  1. Visit the official drivers license renewal website of the FRSC.
  2. Create an account or log in if you already have one.
  3. Fill out the online renewal application form with accurate details.
  4. Upload the required documents, including a scanned copy of your expired driver’s license.
  5. Pay the renewal fee online using the available payment options.
  6. Schedule an appointment for biometric data capture at a designated center.
  7. Attend the scheduled appointment to complete the biometric data capture process.
  8. Receive your temporary driver’s license via email or download it from the website.
  9. Wait for the original driver’s license to be processed and delivered to your registered address.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some commonly asked questions about driver’s license renewal in Nigeria:

Q1: Can I renew my driver’s license before it expires? Yes, it is advisable to start the renewal process before your driver’s license expires to avoid any legal complications or driving restrictions.

Q2: Can I renew my driver’s license in a different state from where it was issued? Yes, you can renew your drivers license in any licensing office or FRSC office across Nigeria. However, it is recommended to renew it in the state where it was originally issued for convenience.

Q3: Can I renew my expired driver’s license online? No, the online renewal method is only available for driver’s licenses that are close to expiration. If your driver’s license has already expired, you will need to visit a licensing office or FRSC office for renewal.

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