Nigeria imposes annual fee for vehicle ownership verification

The Nigerian Government has introduced an annual fee of N1,000 to be paid by vehicle owners for Proof of Ownership Certificate (POC) verification.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos Ministry of Transportation, Abdulhafiz Toriola, made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

He said the certificate will help vehicle owners and the government to guarantee the integrity of all vehicles registered on the National Vehicle and Identification Scheme (NVIS) database and track car theft and recovery of stolen vehicles.

Other benefits, he said, included that the state’s motor vehicle documents could easily be verified regardless of the issuing state; the safety and security of vehicles and their owners, and enhancement of the National Vehicle database for national security and for planning and economic development.

Lagos State will commence the collection of the fee for POC from motorists beginning in July 2023, according to Toriola.

Toriola said the “annual Proof of Ownership Certificate (POC) is in line with compliance with legal requirements fundamental to transparency, security, and accountability within the transportation network.

“To this end, the Federal Government has introduced the issuance of annual Proof of Ownership Certificate for all registered vehicles,” Toriola said.

“This certificate will serve as official documentation of a vehicle’s legal owners upon completing the necessary requirements and procedures.

“The POC will contain vital information including the vehicle’s registration details, such as license number plate, model, and year of manufacture in addition to the owner’s name and address.

“​Having critically reviewed the challenges encountered in ensuring the promotion of Safety and Security of lives and property through the issuance of POC nationally and especially in our Dear State, the Joint Tax Board in its communiqué issued at the end of the emergency meeting held on 9th May 2023 adopted and made a resolution that proof of ownership certificate (PoC) be issued to motorists on an annual basis nationwide.”

He said the initiative was in accordance with the National Road Traffic Regulation 2012 as amended, No. 101, Vol. 99; Section 73- (1) which states that “There shall be Proof of Ownership Certificate for all registered Vehicles’. Section 73- (1-6) also added, “The commission shall establish and maintain a Central Data Base for Vehicles and drivers for the federation.”

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