Nigerian Number Plate Meaning of Abbreviations and What They Mean

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If you want to know what all the digits and number on your plate represent, this post will expound Nigerian number plate meaning of abbreviations and what they mean.

Just like we have a number plate on almost every car in all countries around the world, the same thing applies to Nigeria. Your number plate is among the established ways the government uses to identify your vehicle. Since many vehicles belong to the same model, color, and share identical features, it will not be possible to distinguish between them.

There are various formations of number plates, depending on the particular country in question. In Nigeria, the unique format looks this way, ABC-123DE. The first 3 letters, “ABC”, stand for the Local Government Area (LGA) where the vehicle registration was done, and 3 digits as well as 2 other letters come next. The 2 last letters are primarily there for numbering.

Let’s shed more light on Nigerian number plate meaning of abbreviations and what they mean.

Meaning of Different Types of Nigerian Number Plates

In the unique format of Nigerian number plates mentioned above, the number series starts from 001AA to 999AA and then moves onto 001AB to 999AB, continuing in that order. As for the first 3 letter, “ABC”, this is utilized for distinguishing vehicle types in some cases.

For example, A represents private vehicles, X is used for taxi & commercial transports, Q means bikes & tricycles, and H applies to Hilux vans.

Typically, the license plates have color white, whereas the number plate is imprinted in blue. It is possible you have seen other types of number plates apart from this, with some in color red and some in green.

The number plate is imprinted in red in commercial vehicles, green in government vehicles, and purple & green with white lettering in diplomatic vehicles.

For diplomatic number plates, the 1st 2 or 3 digits signify the country that the car owner represents, and 2 letters & numbers then come next. Also, CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE is imprinted on this exclusive plate, rather than the name of the state.

The 1st 3 letters, as earlier explained, stand for the LGA where the car registration was done, and it could be in any state in this country. While we were not able to find all the abbreviations, we got information on most of them. 

11 Types of Nigerian Number Plates

We have as many as 11 different types of number plates in Nigeria, indicating various classes of vehicle owners. Since inception, this country has made use of 4 car number plates and eventually settled for the present one in 2011 that became introduced in 1992.

Let’s check the meaning of these different types of Nigerian number plates below:

Special or Fancy Number Plates

A fancy number plate is used by most celebs in Nigeria. Its background is white and the lettering blue.

Mass Transit Number Plates

Mass transit, commercial vehicles, as well as school buses, all have their number plate imprinted in red letters on a white background.

School Bus Number Plates

This number plate type is a form of Mass Transit number plates and feature red letters on a white background.

Private Number Plates

As for private number plates, they are the most common type of number plates in this country. Whenever you hit the road, you see them around.

Government Number Plates

This type is used by public office holders, such as president, lawmaker, governor, and the likes. It is imprinted in green on a white background, and the “FG” mark can be on a government car with the type of number plate.

Armed Forces/Para-military Number Plates

Imprinted in black letters on a white background, this number plates is used by members of the Nigeria Armed Forces, the military, navy, air force, and paramilitary.   

Commercial Number Plates

Commercial number plates are seen on commercial buses, a type of mass transit. Hence, they have a similar type of design, which is white background & red letters.

Diplomatic Number Plates

These plates include the three categories below:

  1. Corps Diplomat: This is imprinted in white letters a neon purple background.
  2. Corps Consulate: The number plate is imprinted in white letters on a brown background.
  3. Corps Technique: These diplomatic number plates are in white letters on a navy blue background.

Temporary Number Plates

These plates in white letters on a black background are often temporarily used by the special task force.

List of Nigeria Number Plate Abbreviation for States

Abuja (FCT)
Abbreviation Local government
RSH Karshi Area Council
RBC Rubuchi Admin council
KWL Kwali Area Council
KUJ Kuje Area Council
ABC Abuja Municipal Council
ABJ Abaji Area Council
BWR Bwari Area Council
Ekiti State
Abbreviation Local government
ADK Ado Ekiti
KER Ikere Ekiti
AMK Aramoko Ekiti
EFY Efon Alaye
KLE Ikole Ekiti
TUN Moba LG (Otun)
EMR Emure Ekiti
MUE Omuo Ekiti
Ondo State
Abbreviation Local government
AKR Akure south (Akure)
JTA Akure North (Ita Ogbolu)
FGB Ifedore (Igbara-Oke)
WWW Owo (Owo)
LEL Ile Oluji (Ile Oluji)
NND Ondo West (Ondo)
BDR Ondo East (Bolorunduro)
WEN Idanre (Owena)
SUA Akoko South East (Isua)
REE Odigbo  (Ore)
GBA Igbokoda ( Igbokoda)
KTP Okitipupa 
ANG Akoko Northwest (oke Agbe)
FFN Ose LG (Ifon)
KAA Iwaro Oka or Ikare
Osun State
Abbreviation Local government
LES Ilesa
KRE Ikire
SGB Ogbogbo
GBN Gbongon
FNN Ifon Osun
EDE EDE
Oyo State
Abbreviation Local government
BDJ Bodija Ibadan
AME Arowomole (Ogbomosho)
LUY Oluyole (Ibadan)
MAP Mapo (Ibadan)
SEY Iseyin
GBR Igbo Ora
NRK Onireke (Ibadan)
YYY (Oyo east LG) Headquarter in Kosobo
FMT (Atiba LG) Headquarters in Offa Meta
JND (Oyo west LG) Headquarters in Ojongbodu
JBL (Afijio LG) Headquarters in Jobele and its JBL
Lagos State
Abbreviation Local government
FST Festac 
SMK Somolu
JJJ Ojo
KJA Ikeja
AAA Lagos Island LG
FKJ Ifako Ijaiye
AKD Ibeju Lekki
LND Lagos Mainland
LSR Surulere
LSD Oshodi Isolo
KSF Kosofe
AGL Ajeromi Ifelodun
APP Apapa
KTU Alimosho
BDG Badagry
EKY Eti-Osa LG
KRD Ikorodu
EPE Epe
MUS Mushin
GGE Agege
Katsina State
Abbreviation Local government
BKR Bakori
BAT Batagarawa
BTR Batsari
BRE Baure
BDW Bindawa
CRC Charanchi
DDM Dandume
DJA Danja
DMS Danmusa
DRA Daura
DTS Dutsi
DTM Dutsinma
FSK Faskari
FTA Funtua
NGW Ingawa
JBY Jibia
KFY Kafur
KAT Kaita
KNK Kankia
KKR Kankara
KTN Katsina
KUF Kurfi
KSD Kusada
MDW Mai’adua
MLF Malumfashi
MAN Mani
MSH Mashi
MTZ Matazu
MSW Musawa
RMY Rimi
SBA Sabua
SFN Safana
SDM Sandamu
ZNG Zango
Cross River State
Abbreviation Local government
TGD Abi (Itigidi)
KAM Akamkpa
KTA Akpabuyo (Headquarters at Ikot Nakanda)
BKS Bakassi
ABE Bekwarra (Headquarters at Abuochicie)
AKP Biase (Headquarters at Akpet-Central)
BJE Boki (Boje)
CAL Calabar Municipal
ANA Calabar south (Anantigha)
EFE Etung (Effraya)
KMM Ikom
BNS Obanliku (Sankwala)
BRA Obubra
UDU Obudu
DUK Odukpani
GGJ Ogoja
GEP Yakurr
CKK Yala (Okpoma)
Kaduna State
Abbreviation Local government
KGK Kagarko
KCH Kachia
KJR Kajuru
KJM Chikun (Kujama)
KWB Jaba (Kwoi)
KAF Jema’a (Kafanchan)
KRU Kauru
KRA Kaura
KAR Ikara
MKR Makarfi
MKA Kaduna South (Makera)
DKA Kaduna North (Doka)
GKW Giwa
HKY Kudan (Hunkuyi)
ZKW Zangon Kataf (Zonkwa)
TRK Igabi (Turunku)
SNK Lere (Saminaka)
ANC Kubau (Anchau)
MGN Soba (Maigana)
BNG Birnin Gwari
SBG Sabon Gari (Sabon Garin Zaria)
ZAR Zaria
GWT Sanga (Gwanto)
Kano State
Abbreviation Local government
FGE Fagge
DAL Dala
TRN Tarauni
NSR Nasarawa
GWL Gwale
UGG Ungogo
KBT Kumbotso
DTF Dawakin Tofa
KMC Kano Municipal

Wrapping up

Hope you’ve learned a couple of things in this post on Nigerian number plate meaning of abbreviations and what they mean. To avoid harassment or obtaining a fake number plate, the best thing is to follow the steps we have highlighted above.

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