Driving on Nigerian roads without plate numbers is considered a legal offence. The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is responsible for designing and producing car number plates which are then issued to the car owners by the State Boards of Internal Revenue. In Nigeria today, some drivers are using fake number plates without even knowing that they are committing an offence. This article will address the ways to check original plate number in Nigeria.
How to check original plate number in Nigeria would be discussed below:
How to Check Original Plate Number in Nigeria Online
You can check Nigerian plate numbers online to know if they are original. The process of the online confirmation is as follows; visit the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) official portal which is dedicated specifically to the National Vehicle Identification System and then follow the instructions.
You can start by visiting https://nvis.frsc.gov.ng and then wait for the page to load and then click on the “verify number plate” selection. This would then take you to another page where you would be asked to input your number plate. Enter the number plate and then click on submit. For example, input LAG762G4 and then click submit. If the plate number is registered properly with the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the correct information about the vehicle would be shown to you. If the plate number is fake, you would see “null”.
How to Check Original Plate Number through SMS
One of the ways to check if your Nigerian plate number is original is through SMS. If you do not have access to the internet and do not want to go through the stress of going to the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) portal, you can still check the authenticity of your plate number by using your phone SMS service.
You can start by going to your phone messaging app and then create a new message and then type ” VerifyPlateNo” and then the plate number you want to check for its originality. That is type “VerifyPlateNo LAG762G4” and send it to 33324. Make sure you type the plate number accurately before pressing the send button. After sending the message, your message would be delivered and you then receive a corresponding message telling you if your plate number is genuine and registered correctly.
How to Check Original Plate Number in Nigeria Using the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Agency App
Another way to check original Nigerian plate numbers is to download and install the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) app. The Federal Road Safety Corps has designed an app that helps the public to register their plate numbers and also check their authenticity.
The first thing to do is to download and install the app on your mobile device. For android users, download the app by visiting the Google Play Store while iPhone users the App Store. Once you have downloaded and installed the app, input your number plate in the place you would see “enter plate no”. The next step would be to click on verify and wait for a message that would show you if your plate number is genuine and properly registered or not.
How to Check Original Plate Number in Nigeria by Visiting The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Office
Another way you can check original Nigerian plate number is to visit the physical office of the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) nearest to you. Since all the data and information concerning every plate number and its owner is reserved by the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), you can visit their office to get any information you need concerning any plate number provided you have a genuine reason for doing so.
If it is a case of theft or armed robbery, and you want to discover the owner of the car through its plate number, you have to first report it to the police and then request a police report. This police report would help you with the processes that would be required in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office. The police report would help you convince the agency to help you check the plate number owner. The Federal Road Safety Corps officials can then proceed to help you verify the plate number so that you can know the car owner. Just make sure you go with the police report.
- For people in Lagos State, if you want to check original plate number, consult the Lagos Vehicle Administration Agency. This can help you access the vehicle’s registration details such as its colour, vehicle status, car model, chassis number and the date of issuance of the number plate. All you have to do is visit https://www.lsmvaapvs.org and then input the plate number. Make sure there is no space when you are inputting the number to achieve your desired result. Once you have inputted your plate number, click on the search icon. Wait for a while and information concerning your plate number would be displayed to ascertain if it is genuine or not.
- Here are some reasons why you need to check your plate number’s originality. The first reason is armed robbery. In a situation where armed robbers’ plate numbers are sighted, people around could easily report to the police so that they can be traced and tracked down. Another reason why you need to check the originality of your Nigerian plate number is in the case of theft. Once a person’s car is stolen and the person wants to file for a case of the missing car, the person would be required to submit the plate number for the appropriate verification. Before the police can proceed with further investigation and then tracing and tracking down the missing car, you need to do the above. It is important to note that it would be impossible to track down the car if the car does not have an original plate number.