Have you ever been in a situation where you would need to verify whether your car number plate is genuine or not? Then you are welcome to Naijaonlineguide-your number one information portal. Here I am going to work you through the simple steps to do so.
No one likes to be in a situation where finding the owner of another vehicle becomes a problem. However, you must prepare for those scenarios because no matter how you stick to traffic rules and obey safety laws, there is always a mad driver around.
Why you May Need to Check a Car Number Plate?
- Many people lack common sense about how to drive properly even if they have attended a comprehensive driving training course.
- Therefore, the best way to make sure that they bear the consequences of their actions after fleeing the scene is by checking their driver’s plate number.
- There have been cases of going to get a plate number and becoming a victim of fake agents. If you want to go for a tinted permit, then you must make sure you have an original plate number before you visit their offices. The FRSC does not look kindly on individuals spotting fake plate numbers.
Therefore, in this article, we will talk about how to check a car number plate in Nigeria.
How to Verify number Plate in Nigeria
Primarily, you must realize your limits when checking a plate number in Nigeria. If you wish to simply, verify whether the driver’s plate number is fake or original you can do that on your own.
However, if you want to find the owner of a driver’s plate number, you are not legally allowed to access such information. Even if there is an emergency, you must contact the appropriate officials to do so. Nevertheless, if you work at the Federal Road Safety Corps, it should be your duty.
Checking for owners’ information
Before we talk about how to verify the authenticity of a plate number, let us talk about how to check the driver’s plate number in Nigeria. Follow the steps below to find those details.
1. Go to the nearest police station
Report your case to the nearest police station. Remember to explain the details of your situation clearly. Provide details about why you need to find the owner of that vehicle. Next, give them the plate number and they will handle the rest.
2. Provide additional information and receive authorization
Try to provide as many details as possible including details about the model and age of the vehicle, so they can quickly track the information.
Ask the police for a document that allows you to have a right to find personal details. Without that document, you cannot persuade the FRSC to support your task.
3. Go to the FRSC
Now, you have the document, you can visit the Federal Road Safety Corps. Present your police document alongside full details of why you want to access the information. Be careful to make ensure that your reasons have not changed since you last visited the police station.
The FRSC will verify the information on the police document with the words you are altering. If the FRSC Is convinced, they will provide details about the owner of the vehicle including the address, owner’s name, ID card number, vehicle type, and many more.
How to check a driver’s plate number if it is fake or original
On your own, you can confirm whether the plate number you memorized is fake or original. You should probably use this step first before you visit the Police Station to avoid wasting your time with a fake plate number. It might seem surprising to you, but research carried out between Lagos and Abuja revealed that 4 out of 10 cars on the Lagos and Abuja roads are fake.
Here are the steps to check whether the driver’s plate number is fake or original:
- Visit the FRSC number plate verification – https://nvis.frsc.gov.ng/VehicleManagement/VerifyPlateNo
- Enter the number plate in the box, and make sure you leave no space between numbers
- Cross-check the number and press “Verify”
- The system will return with a result that ascertains whether the number is fake or authentic
You can only check newer plate numbers on this platform. The exercise is therefore valid for plate numbers with the format ABC123AB and not AB123ABC.
You can also begin your new vehicle registration or revalidate your existing registration on this website as well.
How to Verify number plate in Lagos
If the car seems to be registered in Lagos, then you can enjoy access to a more sophisticated checking platform. The Lagos State Government has a dedicated website for those affairs.
Here you will not only find whether the plate number is original or fake but the car type, chassis, and when the registration will expire. However, the owner’s sensitive information is also not available to the public. To find the driver plate number here, follow these steps:
- Visit https://www.lsmvaapvs.org/
- Enter the vehicle plate number without space
- Press, “search”.
How to check driver plate number in Nigeria via SMS
If you cannot access internet connectivity, there is a faster way to verify the driver’s number plate via SMS. This method is less stressful and does not require airtime to use. All you need do is:
- Send an SMS, verifyplateno(Car Plate Number) to 33324. For example – verifyplateno ABC123AB to 33324
Whenever you need to verify the driver’s number plate in Nigeria, these are the simple ways to do so. If you want to get your tinted permit done, make sure you verify your plate number before approaching the authorities.
Use the FRSC website, SMS, or the Lagos state-dedicated website to check the plate number. However, if you are looking for sensitive information, such as the name and address of the owner of the vehicle, you must visit the police first before going to the FRSC office. Now you can easily check a driver’s number plate in Nigeria without fuss.
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