How to Check Original Drivers License in Nigeria

One of the requirements to be able to drive a vehicle on Nigerian roads is a national driver’s license. If the application for a driving license is done through the Federal Road Safety Commission, you’ll surely be issued an authentic driver’s license. But some people decide to get their driver’s license through proxies which sometimes causes them to be issued a fake – which is illegal to use. In this article, we’ll be discussing several methods to use to check the authenticity of your driver’s license. 

How to Check Original Drivers License in Nigeria

How to check original driver’s license in Nigeria would be discussed below: 

  • How to Check Original Driving License Using the FRSC National Driver’s License Verification Portal

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has made it easy to verify the genuineness of your national driver’s license or otherwise by using the FRSC verification web portal. What’s more, you can initiate a verification request for your driver’s license, whether you are in Nigeria or another country. 

Before you begin with the verification exercise, keep the following documents handy as you would be needing them: 

  • Drivers license
  • Request letter (could be image or pdf)
  • Proof of identification (could be any of national identity card, voter’s card, or international passport)

Follow the following steps to verify the authenticity of your national driver’s license: 

  • Go to to create an account. If you ready did, just log in
  • Next, you’ll receive an email from FRSC NDLV Portal to confirm your account. Click on the link provided to confirm your registration 
  • Upon successful confirmation, log in to your newly created NDLV portal 
  • Once you’ve logged in to your account, visit your Dashboard  
  • On your Dashboard, scroll to the bottom where you’ll see ‘Create a new verification request’
  • Next, tap on the ‘New request’ button to begin supplying the requested details
  • Then, you’ll have to upload the front and back images of your driver’s license  
  • Next, upload your request letter stating why you need to verify your driver’s license
  • Next, click on ‘Applicant’s proof of identification and select the government-issued identification document you have
  • Then, upload the proof of identity
  • Next, click on ‘Request type’ and select ‘Drivers License Verification’ from the options 
  • Next, click on ‘Receiving Country’ and select ‘Nigeria’ from the drop-down
  • Next, provide the email of the receiving address 
  • Also, provide the phone number of the receiving address 
  • The next and final section is ‘Shipping and Payment’ 
  • Click on ‘Shipping Details’ to provide the shipping address you want your verified request sent to
  • Click on ‘Delivery Option’ and select the preferred service you want ( Courier Service, Pickup at FRSC RSHQ, or Digital Copy)
  • Proceed to fill in the ‘Payment Details’ 
  • Submit the verification request by hitting the ‘Save & Proceed to Pay’ 
  • How Long Does the Process of Verification Take? 

After you’ve successfully submitted your verification request on the FRSC NDLV portal, you’ll have to wait for some time before you’d get your verified document. Normally, the verification involves an in-house verification at the FRSC headquarters which will take 3 to 10 working days. It may take a little more time to get to you, depending on your shipping destination. 

  • How to Track the Verification Process on Your FRSC NDLV Portal Dashboard 

You can track the verification process of your driver’s license verification through a link to a progress report on your dashboard. With this, you’ll know the exact stage of the verification process for your driver’s license. In addition to following up on the verification process on your dashboard, you’ll also receive mail notifications of every stage of the process. 

You can use this website, to also check if your driver’s license is genuine or otherwise. Follow the steps below to check the genuineness of your driver’s license using this website: 

  • Go to 
  • Click on ‘DL Application’ 
  • From the drop-down, click on ‘Reissue of Driver’s License’, or ‘Renewal of Driver’s License’ if your driver’s license has expired 
  • Input your driver’s license number and date of birth in the provided box
  • Click on the search button 
  • Then, click ‘OK’ to confirm the details of your driver’s number
  • If your driver’s license is genuine, you’ll see your information appear on the screen
  • If your driver’s license is fake, nothing would appear on your screen 
  • How to Check Original Driver’s License Through Text 

You can also verify the authenticity of your driver’s license by sending NDL Status + your license number, as text to 33811. If your driver’s license is genuine, you’ll receive an SMS telling you it is. 

  • How to Check Original Driver’s License Through Physical Examination 

Aside from verifying the authenticity of your national driver’s license using the FRSC NDLV portal, you can also rely on the security features of a genuine national driver’s license. These features differentiate originals from fakes. 

Here are the features of the national driver’s license to look out for:  

  • Laser Perforation 

On an original national driver’s license, you’ll see tiny holes on the front and back of the license when you hold it up to a light. 

  • Ghost Portrait 

Another feature to confirm the genuineness of a national driver’s license is the ghost portrait, which is essentially a smaller version of the original photo image on the license. 

  • Microprinting

On an original national driver’s license, you’ll see miniature lettering that may appear as a solid line, but under a magnifier, you can see the text. A fake driver’s license would not have this feature. 

  • Guilloche Security Design 
  • Variable Micro Script
  • Security Indica visible with indica viewer
  • Overlapping Data 
  • Altered Font
  • Split Fountain Printing

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