Driver’s licenses are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). All drivers looking to obtain their licenses for the first time in Nigeria must attend a driving school and pass a driving test before applying for a driver’s license. This also includes anyone who already has a driver’s license issued from any foreign country as Nigeria does not recognize foreign licenses.
The FRSC informational website (www.nigeriadriverslicence.org) lists 9 steps to obtaining a license for the first time:
1. Attend a training course at an accredited training school. Search for training schools close to you here: www.nigeriadriverslicence.org
2. The driving school will then present you to a Vehicle Inspection Officer for a driving test.
3. If you pass the driving test, the VIO will present you with a certificate of proficiency and you may now proceed to the Driver’s Licensing Centre.
4. Complete the driver’s license application form at the DLC.
5. Pay the appropriate fees online (www.nigeriadriverslicence.org) or at the bank.
6. Present your application form to the BIR (Board of Internal Revenue)
NB: As a general rule, fares for Danfo, BRT, or LAGBUS trips are non-‐negotiable, okada & tri-‐cycles fees less so, but taxi fares are always to be negotiated – sometimes down by 50%!