HOW TO CHANGE CAR OWNERSHIP IN NIGERIA

Step by Step guide on how to change car ownership in Nigeria.

CHAMAN LAW FIRM

7/7/20231 min read

To change car ownership in Nigeria, you need to follow a specific process. Here are the general steps involved:

1. Obtain the necessary documents: Make sure you have all the required documents for transferring car ownership. These typically include the following:

· Vehicle’s original registration documents

· Vehicle license (up-to-date)

· Valid proof of insurance

· Valid proof of ownership (e.g., bill of sale, receipt)

· Visit the local motor vehicle licensing office: Locate the nearest office of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) or the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) in your state. Visit the office during working hours.

2. Obtain the transfer form: Request the “Vehicle Transfer Form” from the FRSC or MVAA office. Fill out the form accurately with the necessary details.

3. Provide required documents: Submit the completed transfer form along with the following documents:

· Proof of identification (e.g., valid driver’s license, international passport)

· Proof of address (e.g., utility bill, bank statement)

· Previous owner’s ID card

· Current vehicle license and registration papers

· Proof of insurance

4. Pay the necessary fees: Inquire about the applicable fees for changing car ownership and pay the required amount at the designated payment point within the licensing office. Get a receipt as proof of payment.

5. Verification and inspection: The licensing office may conduct a physical inspection of the vehicle to verify its condition and details provided. Ensure that the vehicle is in good working order and meets the necessary requirements.

6. Obtain new registration documents: After completing the verification process, the licensing office will issue new registration documents in the new owner’s name. These documents include a new vehicle license, registration certificate, and proof of ownership.

7. Update insurance details: Contact your insurance company to update the policy details with the new owner’s information. Provide them with the updated registration documents as proof of ownership.

It is important to note that the process and specific requirements may vary slightly depending on the state or location within Nigeria. Therefore, it is advisable to contact your local motor vehicle licensing office or FRSC for precise instructions and any additional steps specific to your area.