In a step forward for a Nigerian public venture that will see increased ease for Nigerians, Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corp has introduced a new and easier way of requesting and renewing driver’s license in all the states of the federation.
The new move was announced by the Director-General of Bureau of Public Service, Dr. Joe Abah through his Twitter handle. Nigerians who have surpassed the legal age for driving and have initiated the process for a license in the past will likely be the first to applaud the promise of this new innovation.
The new process save for the new capacity to request and renew a Nigerian driver’s license online is a mirror of the former. First-time applicants will still be expected to have gone through a driving school where they must have taken tests and had certificates of proficiency issued to them which will then allow them to apply for the license.
Dr. Joe Abah also stated the official costs of acquiring a Nigerian driver’s license as it stands currently. According to him, at 6,350 naira one can get a license for 3 years validity and 10,450 naira will get one for 5 years validity.
All costs incurred during this process of being certified to be issued a license are not covered by the license fee. To that end, Dr. Abh said that it is possible for Vehicle Inspection Officers who control the issuance of driving certificates at states level to charge certain amounts on certificates, which vary per states for driving certificates, different from the license fee.
Another channel of extra cost could come from the state internal revenues board which may also charge certain amounts for each license and this also varies by state.
The process for renewal is similar to that of new applicants with the exception of a need to take tests and be certified. For renewals and new applications, motorists are to log on to www.nigeriadriverslicence.org where they would initiate their renewal and pay the appropriate fees. The data page is then to be printed and taken to the nearest FRSC office for the necessary confirmations and affirmations.