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Friday, 21 February 2014

Nigerian Driver's License accepted in Europe, US - FRSC

The Lagos Sector Commander FRSC, Chidi Nkwonta has said that the upgraded Driver's License being issued now in Nigeria can be used in 3 states in America as well as some countries in Europe.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, Commander Nkwonta said in the US, the states of  Washington DC, California and Maryland recognize the Nigerian Driver's license while European countries such as Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Austria and Sweden also recognize the Nigerian Drivers License. He said the license can be used in these places for a period of time, after which their own licenses would be issued.

He said these countries have the security measures to detect whether a presented Nigerian License is fake or original. He said efforts are being made for more states in the US to accept the use of our national drivers license there.

156 comments:

Anonymous said...

GOODNEWSSSSS.....

Igor said...

That's good to hear.

lucky chukz said...

This would be the best thing that has happened in this country for a long time even if its still not our primary problems..

prettydoll said...

Issorai! There will be limitations. Def

Ada said...

Hm NIce one. Keep up the good work Sir...

nwani judith said...

Issokay good to know

Anonymous said...

Please that is not news, he is just looking for a way to condone the fraud in the issuance of the new drivers license.
The old one was also accepted abroad.

Chibuike Anigbo said...

Great...more grease to ur elbows

Anonymous said...

Story story!

FAMMIE said...

Wow! That's great....

Anonymous said...

Humm...dats ok!

Olaleye Adisa said...

Hope is just as you said my oga @ the top. ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥♡thanks ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥ 

Anonymous said...

Wow,dats a mad gud news,FRSC weldon

dhobiz said...

At last something good in the news

Anonymous said...

Very good! Nigeria don upgrade! Linda abeg post my comment! @i_am _ellah

Anonymous said...

Sounds great

Zenki brown said...

Dats good. We re moving forward

King Izu said...

Mr Chidi Nkwonta, I went to do my own license in December 2013, and when i finished, i took it to capturing centre at Sura Market at Lagos Island and was giving an appointment for July 2014. please is there anything you guys are doing to alleviate the suffering of people that need this license. other states are not this tedious and it cannot be explained why lagos is this sufferous.

Anonymous said...

How To See Through People’s Clothes With Your Glasses

RHOSE E said...

BEST TIN EVA DT HAS HAPPENED IN 9JA EVER SINCE I WAS BORN. GUD TO HEAR THIS

Jessica Anthony said...

That's good news...

Amarachukwu. said...

Oh my God!like seriously this is so so good,what a great news.

Anonymous said...

Linda it's not true,i live in Germany and my license isn't accepted here,as a matter of fact i've been asked to write some exams and do some practicals before i can get a German driver's license issued,else i won't drive here.

Apple said...

I am soooooooo happy about this news.

May said...

True. Lot of naija peeps I know use it here and its cost less cos U pay more in paris if you have to get their license.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!! I was just about to say is this dude a learner??! I've driven and even rented cars stateside with my old licence.

Now if only one can actually get the bloody licence. The process to get the temporary one is tideous and now extension after extension after your receive the temporary one. Naija we hail thee!

kamoru said...

We are moving forward gradually in this country.

kamoru said...

We are moving forward gradually in this country.

kamoru said...

We are moving forward gradually in this country.

kamoru said...

We are moving forward gradually in this country.

Anonymous said...

Story story... Canada also recognizes it.

Anonymous said...

Gud

Anonymous said...

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http://naijacreative.blogspot.com said...

We happy, it's a new development...

Anonymous said...

Sorry dude. Yet another avenue for someone on the "inside" to make money off of the suffering of the masses. Even with my so called "fast track" it took 6hrs+ to get the temporary one. And now to get the permanent one? I know someone who waited a year to go back for his permanent one and it still wasn't ready! Stamped with another extension. Now the next thing to harass people with is licence plate! I heard someone made N6B of that contract. N35,000??! How many people make that per month! And it's not a question of an effective mass transport system.....I weep for us as we continue to siddon look. 'Nuff said!

Anonymous said...

Boko Haram license, you will be identified as terrorist, someone form terrorist country, Ask any Afghan in you UK how they get or Iraq man.

Happie Ezeuko said...

Nice one sir.

Anonymous said...

Is good but to get the new license is another problem come today come tomorrow. But why? Mr Chidi.

Anonymous said...

Yes you can use it, but only for one year.

Mz.ESTELLA said...

and.....US driver's licence is NOT accepted in Nigeria! Because the STUPID police and uniform fools will turn to BEGGING once they see one is from USA, as if dollars roll out of our noses!!

I am scared of driving in Nigeria, because it cost me too much money to do so! - 'having to 'dash' em money, even when I was breaking no law! But just to get out of the time wasting crap they wanted to subject me!

Anonymous said...

Yes but can the holders of our drivers license pass a driving test?the issuance is still a racket and no actual tests are carried out.

Chikaka said...

This was acceptable in the old days and they've brought it back. Kudos.

Anonymous said...

And when it expires,,you go thru the same process again cos the hard drive with your details on it has crashed.

Anonymous said...

abeg why not France now.? UPGRADE AGAIN ABEG!

onah EMMANUEL EROCHUKWU said...

Good news

Sunmola Oluwatosin said...

That was before but not accepted anymore cos I wasn't allow to drive in us with my naija driving license..

Laraba Garba said...

But why do people have to wait long periods to get it finally????

Anonymous said...

Not news, I used d old Nigerian Driver's Licence for 6months in Atlanta Georgia as far back as 2007/8. It was officially accepted for visitors to drive for 6months with their home countries licence after which, you have to get the state's own. So its not new. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Rubbish process,takes about 8 hours, in fact all day to capture. My child was left in school till every late. Money was just changing hands. Every desk, you drop before you get a stamp on the form.

lekan ajagbe ado said...

that's good news , but those it goes for west African countries also e.g Benin republic and Ghana

cynthia cynthia said...

That's goodnews..

AnnMarie said...

So why are dese countries rejecting the license?

hilary obiorah said...

That's good! Wow! Reduces a lot of stress.

Anonymous said...

Iro nla, just came back from my driver's license test in philly and dem no accept anything. Only France and Germany, dem no even allow Canada

Mikun said...

Nice... Good news.

zwyndila said...

wow, good!

Anonymous said...

Please oo is driving licence about fake or originality we get nija license sitting down at home those countries he mentioned people get it writting test and practical. Even nija police cant know fake licence or original not to talk of countries dat did not issue it. No country in d world know nija fake pali immigration of such country have to send to nija embassy in d country ni to confirm. I do not trust dis man .

Anonymous said...

Linda!!! That is not Chidi Nkwonta! Change that pic joooor

seun said...

Are you having a laff????......# SeunLondon

Anonymous said...

Nyc1


FDJ

Tunde Ogunbitan said...

Na lie u dey lie

Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst FRSC Bubble. The countries accepting these licenses are not doing so because of being able to identify the owner rather it is just a proof that you can drive.
if they base it on identity - guys it is a no no. Because the sharp practices by men of the FRSC,clearly shows that the very people that are given the task to make this right are the ones bastardising it.
The so called driving exam at the centers are done by the men of the FRSC for people for a fee. Visual test are equally done for a fee -I can go on and on.
If you want to get the license and apply the way it should go, be sure you license will only get to you already expired all because you refused to pay a fee to have it processed by men of the FRSC and their agents.

Lets stop fooling ourselves Nigeria is not getting any better rather it is getting worse...

Benego said...

Make sense plenri oooo!!!!Its been long awaited..... there we have it!!!!!!!

May said...

... and it cost less*

May said...

...and it cost less*

Mbah Frank said...

In Sweden you are permited to drive your countries drivers license for 1yr if you want. Not just the new Nigerian lincese. Is been like that since 6 yrs now. So oga get your fact right.

May said...

... and it cost less*

Anonymous said...

This guy is not saying d whole truth and hebis mis informing us and misleading too he will make people to end up in jail or end up with criminal record in those countries. Oga if u are talking of international drivers license let us know if not u will soon go like SLS coss u dont know wat u are talking about

@edDREAMZ said...

Nw this is progress...... Ok nw linda any application form to become taxi driver in the US bcos me i wan apply....
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***CURRENTLY IN THE SUN***

chemmywalata walata said...

This is the news of the year I love hearing this kinda thing pls more power to ur elbow fRSC nice one

Odubela Johnson said...

Yinmu Fool your self finish and take it to United State, and think for your mind that it valid like they said hehehehe they will Bounce you to Jail Like Basketball lolz

Anonymous said...

i don't believe him. they still request for international driving license.

Anonymous said...

https://t.co/reZWURvNTl pls open nd click like on abigail pix and d annual university crest award(ANUCA)page on top of d pix.pls do nt ignore*tnks

Kenny Tola said...

Good news....4rm FRSC.keep up d good work

Anonymous said...

Liar....in live in d California our license is not acceptable here you must take ur driving written exam then road test which u don't pass so easily even when you've been driving for years in naija. Americans are supa dupa strict about road using which we lack.

Samira Hall said...

I know say this yeye United Kingdom no go de among. They can like logic for this country chei.. Anyway its still good news sha

Anonymous said...

I would be shocked if this man's assertions are true. Majority of Nigerians in Nigeria generally do not go to driving school to learn how to drive. Yet they get drivers licenses. Look at the manner some people drive on our roads. I will be surprised if the Europeans and Americans will start accepting our licenses because our government issues them.

Uyi Ogbeide said...

Note: "for a while" ooo not permanently. Guess its a step forward in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

It's def not a new thing, u can use ur nigerian license in Europe for a period of time, for most countries it's 1year and u wld have to get the countries license but u def need insurance cover. Few years back in Romania all u need was ur nigeria license and u will be issued a Romanian license. Having said that I encourage everyone to accept the new license cos a lot of ppl had fake including myself and I used it in several countries in Europe. Broke it when I realised in was fake cos It can mess u up abroad

Anonymous said...

ive been living in switzerland for 7 years. why didnt they recognize me license?

diamondblinqZ said...

Okies. We will qet there someday. Bravo FRSC!

Anonymous said...

Good news my yansh!! Come n use it if police wld not give u ticket. U must go to DMV for a driving test in Cali n also get a provisional license that says u ain't allowed to use if as a form of I.D

Anonymous said...

LINDA, I THINK THIS STORY IS NOT REAL NAIJA DRIVER'S LICENSE IS NOT VALID IN THE STATE OR ANY PART OF NORTH AMERICA. WHERE I LIVE.

Shyla said...

And would their own international licenses be accepted here for same period of time when they want to operate with it???

Anonymous said...

obviously not in the UK. Lets hope they dont drive reckless in this countries.

Anonymous said...

This is a good news. Atleast we are upgrading small small.

lady said...

Antichrist moves!!!

Anonymous said...

Dats so not true. I'm in California on vacation and they won't even accept my license for identification purposes, talkless of driving. No car rental will even give u car. Thank God I did the international driver's license b4 coming

Anonymous said...

Either they use it outside the. Country or not frsc need to upgrade because have applied for the licence since last year and am yet to collect all they do is stamping of temporary licences paper telling me I should come back that my batch is not ready abeg

lagos is my Home said...

So true , in 2004 I exchanged my Nigeria license for a washington DC license . No questions asked and it was accepted so this is not new information

Anonymous said...

Lairs..linda I have a german licence,i just left lagos few days ago and the Nigeria police said it's not valid in Nigeria.while german said it's for the whole country..i paid 2k to go free.

Anonymous said...

That is so true. I live in ATL GA and it's accepted here

Olaleye Adisa said...

Surelly ur license is not original. I have a brother in Germany using 9ja license to drive for a while b4 they issue the German license to him. So ur own may be OLUWOLE. ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥♡thanks ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥ 

Christianah Job said...

It's accepted in Virginia...... U don't v to go to the DMV when u v ur Naija license but I guess tiz valid for a yr or so

Christianah Job said...

*Intl drivers' license o not Naija FRSC local license

Anonymous said...

Two reasons why they don't accept your license is (a) you have lived in Germany more than 2 yrs (b) the card cannot be verified, my wife just got hers after so many interrogation that stretched for more than 6months.

Anonymous said...

Please the international licence you got issued is it a paper based one or a card like one with a blue background

Anonymous said...

It cost people €2700 here to start from scratch

Ezinwa said...

I do not know exactly what FRSC and the commentators mean by acceptance. Each State has rules on persons entering with license from another State. In Minnesota, my Nigerian License was accepted provisionally until I completed their requirements. It was treated just the way other licenses are treated. The 6 months waiver was granted me and scheduled my test within 2 weeks of passing the written test because of my Nigerian license. It was a great relief.

Anonymous said...

Its not new now linda, i remember like 4yrs ago my aunty as traveling to Austria, she had to renew her license.

Anonymous said...

Nigeria police doesn't even recognized the license, I've once used a foreign national ID card as license for naija police all they care about is Oga give us Wetin you bring come

Anonymous said...

No state in the U s cans issue you a driver's licence with social security and some form of document that allows your presence legally in the U .S

Anonymous said...

I live in the US and this is COMPLETELY FALSE!!!

Anonymous said...

Old story Abeg. As far as you have a drivers license from your home country, you can use it in another country pending when you get theirs if you wish to.

Effizy Tab said...

mine was acepted here in houston tex

Effizy Tab said...

mine was accepted

waxy said...

The last time I was in Nigeria, I was told that my British driver's licence is not accepted on Nigeria roads.

marypacy said...

The person in the pix is Osita chidoka call marsal Frsc in abuja

Abidemi Olaojo said...

Nice move

Wildflower said...

Okay.....Aunty linda May God provide u wit a good husband, bone of ur bone and flesh of ur flesh. Amen

Anonymous said...

Seriously...r u ok?antichrist moves??wait r u ok?....wtf...u musnt comment biko...if what ure gonna say will b off point!

Shoutozone said...

Whao! Dats vry good. I can sense development

marypacy said...

The name of the person in the pic is corps Marsal osita chidoka of Frsc head office abuja not lagos

Anonymous said...

Not true...Even here in the UK, it is not accepted.....I have to write exams before i was issues with a license by the DVLA

Anonymous said...

it is accepted in Massachusetts for 1 year. very true.

Anonymous said...

How many holders of Nigerian driver's license knows simple road signs?

Anonymous said...

THIS SHIT CAN'T EVEN BE USED IN GHANA NO BE ONLY GERMANY NA ORGANIZATION THAT DON'T EVEN HAVE A TESTING CENTRE ALL THEY DO IS MAKE PEOPLE GO THROUGH HELL DOES GUYS ARE EVIL.

Anonymous said...

Geez, even the old one was accepted in the US I KNOW BECAUSE I STILL USE MINE so he should tell us something new

@MeetdrealEvans said...

Joke of the year

Anonymous said...

That is so so true. I have been driving with my own here in California since August 2013.

Anonymous said...

Germany is the most serious country in the world when it comes to driving. I laughed when I saw Germany on that list in the report cos I knew it was not true. Plus DC has always accepted Naija's license. These guys r fraudsters. And as usual, my fellow ignorant Nigerians r praising them on this forum.

Anonymous said...

Thank God o! For once the law don try. It is well

wemimo adesemoye said...

Tanx jare...even here in maryland..u must go to d Mva and do ur test ( computer) u get a driver permit when u pass then u lata go for d skill test before getting a proper license..

nikki harshly said...

Have been in uk since 2003 when I first got here I was only allowed to use my licence for 1yr and after that I was told by the dvla to get uk licence cos is a criminal offence to use it more than 12mnth.so this is no news

nikki harshly said...

Have been in uk since 2003 when I first got here I was only allowed to use my licence for 1yr and after that I was told by the dvla to get uk licence cos is a criminal offence to use it more than 12mnth.so this is no news

Anonymous said...

In Europe, it is accepted for just 6 months o... No mind dis olodo Oshi liar

Anonymous said...

My dear, tell them.... after I came to Germany from naija... It took me one year of attending theory classes and the practicals and also a total of 4k euros to get my driving license.

Anonymous said...

Not in tbe UK...afi some states in the US..

Anonymous said...

This is true. I can testify in Europe.

Baby~Blinkz said...

Hapi to hear dat anyway,

Anonymous said...

Washington Dc is not a State

Anonymous said...

No country in the west will issue you a driver's license if you DO NOT have LEGAL residency in that country..so pls don't mislead people..MORON!

Nusitech said...

State of Washington DC? LOL!

Anonymous said...

This man is a mad man. Is that why it should take over one year to get a license. Foolish people.

Anonymous said...

This man is a mad man. Is that why it should take over one year to get a license. Foolish people.

Nigerian said...

ghen ghen... oya now...

Anonymous said...

Ask dem o

Anonymous said...

NOT SO O; MAY BE IN SOME STATE. NOT WHERE I IS......HAND FOR BACK AND STROLLING AWAY. BYE!

Anonymous said...

Congrats.Is this the reason why the official of the FRSC at Ghagada/Bariga Center decided to introduce a form of corrupt practice of only collecting the phone numbers of those due for picture capture with a promise that the applicants will be contacted via sms and they never contacted any body until you go back to bribe them? I started processing mine in May, 2013. And still have not been allowed for picture capture. Can any responsible FRSC official visit this center to see how bribe is been shamelessly practiced there pls?

MY TURN said...

So we can carry the mad way we drive here to infect these countries abi....naaaaah

MY TURN said...

So we can carry this mad way of driving to infect those countries naaaaah

Omalicha Nwa said...

Nice one! Let's share your thoughts, fears, concerns about life and maybe some gossip on omalichaspeaks.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

This is progress. -newyorker

jenny said...

yeah! true talk. am a testimony of dis write up in US. all they do is verify ur naija drivers license instantly, and if is original, u write some test and go for driving test, then if u pass u will be issued a drivers license in america.
is easier dat way dan going for a three months class and pay huge amount of $$$

jenny said...

but if u carry fake enter
US, dat person na only God fit save u. d thing go just enta ur record & dat might even make u nva 2 obtain a drivers license.

Anonymous said...

You've said it all. These people assumes Nigerians are not wise, how can he trick people into believing that the new one is special when the old one have the same acceptance abroad for years now. It shows he lacks exposures and does no much about the old license

Anonymous said...

Do not buy into this lie , I live in California and DMV and the police system will not accept that Driver's licence

Meine meinung said...

It is acceptable in Germany for the first 6 mnths,then u ll be expected to go to driving school and get a license from Germany.Weldone FRSC!

Anonymous said...

I live in d Bay area n all these are just lies, like d Mexicans u may get away without a license n that's if u are llucky not to be stopped. Buy naija DL is a No No. N to d monkey dt says only legal immigrants gets DL, go to DMV with ur illegal broom stick legs, no discrimination u wld be issued a DL if u pass d driving tests but d DL ain't valid as an I.D. Ode shey u don hear #tongue out

Anonymous said...

Do they accept their own driving license in Nigeria, or is he just trying to impress the public? Linda. please try to find out from him and also the IG of Police.

Anonymous said...

Hmm,
Does he know that Washington DC is NOT a state???

Anonymous said...

Great News......but can they improve the dratted process????

Ian said...

I am a white, otherwise known as Oyibo pepe, my wife is from 9ja I hold a 9ja driving licence, it's the new one. I go to Nigeria many times with my wife and all if our children, I love Nigerian and the people but governments and curuption is rife but such warm nice people na wa 4 the government !

blackchairman said...

This is not news,the nigerian driver·s licence can be used in europe for a period of 6 months.
The good news is if the nigerians can drive in europe for as lond as thy want o can be change to the europian driver·s license that will be a good news to all my nigerians

tom watson said...

Thanks a lot for sharing such an amazing post. It is very informative and I am sure a lot of people will benefit from it. Good job!patente di guida senza esame

Shawn Deny said...

all they do is verify ur naija drivers license instantly, and if is original, u write some test and go for driving test, then if u pass u will be issued a drivers license in america.

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