How To Renew Your Driver's License In Lagos In Less Than 24 Hours

How To Renew Your Driver's License In Lagos In Less Than 24 Hours

Has your Nigerian driver’s license expired? Are you looking to renew your driving license in Lagos as soon as possible? Ink and Pen’s Blog – Rapport Naija has detailed the steps required to renew your driver's license in Lagos, Nigeria. This is based on one person, Sanda’s recent experience.

The whole process for renewal of driver’s license is in 3 stages: Pre-application, Online Application, and DLC process. All can be done within a day.


According to Sanda, his driver's license was expiring soon and he started to experience the typical anxiety most people feel when they need to go through a process involving Nigerian government agencies. A number of questions popped into his head. Below are the main questions:

First Question: Can I start the process online?

Answer: This was plain easy. The website appears as soon as you type in "driver's license" on Google search.

Second Question: Should I start the process now or should I wait for the license to expire first? In other words, is there a grace period after the license expires?

Answer: Many people have conflicting opinions on this. Most people seemed to believe that there was a grace period after the licence expires. Others even claim it is risky to begin the process before the license expired. These notions are however incorrect.

According to the 2012 National Road Traffic Regulations (Source:, it states that you can apply for a renewal "any time within a period of one calendar month before the expiry date of the licence." After an enquiry from the FRSC Nigeria Facebook account, the response was swift, saying, "No grace after expiration, please. You have to start the process as the license is about expiring."

FACT: The grace period is 30 days before the licence expires. So, start the process immediately.

1. First, visit on your web browser, then click on "Driver's Licence Renewal" (or "Renewal of Driver's Licence" under "DL Application".

2. You will be directed to another page ( where you are required enter your “Driver's Licence Number and Date of Birth”.

Note: If your drivers' licence expiration is not within 30 days, you won't be able to proceed past this point.

3. On the renewal page, there are two options namely “3-year validity period for N6,350” and  “5-year validity period for N10,450” which you choose from.

4. Fill the rest of the form completely with your personal details and contact or mailing address. When done, you can go back to edit your information (just click the edit box) or you can retain the details you had as at your last application. You can also add your Taxpayer Identification Number (just the 6 digits without the "N" if you wish.

5. If your information is correct and you do not need to change anything, you can skip to the bottom of the form where you fill in the Processing Office Details. The state and local government where your licence was initially processed will be indicated here, however, you need to select your preferred “FRSC Capture Center” to conclude the process.

6. Next, you have the option of repeating the biometric data capture. Unless you have undergone significant physical changes in the last 3-5 years, please select "No" here.

7. Click Submit.

Note: If for any reason, you had to reload this page, maybe due to poor internet connection or slow internet, you have to start all over to fill the form and make sure to select "No" under the bio-metric re-capture option again. This is because the selection would return to the default, which is "Yes"; so simply restart the process from step 2 above (it takes less than 5 minutes).

8. Once finished, you will be shown the completed ML15R form on a Driver's Licence Application Preview Page. This will have all the application details with three options at the bottom of the page: 'Print', 'Proceed with Payment', 'Cancel'.

9. It is strongly advised that you proceed with the online payment at this stage. The site uses a simple InterSwitch process.

10. After making the payment, you will be returned to the updated Driver's Licence Application Preview Page with the Payment Status updated to Payment Confirmed and the expiry date extended by the validity period you paid for (3 or 5 years).

11. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Print'


1. Print 2 copies of the completed Driver's Licence Application Preview Page

2. Make 2 copies of your current driver's licence. Make sure you carry the original with you.

3. Carry along 2 passport photographs.

4. Go to your selected FRSC Capture Center.

Note: If you still have the VIO "Road Sense" CD/DVD that was given to you when first applied for your driver's licence, please carry it along with you.

5. At the centre, present the items (1-3) listed above (along with your current original driver's licence) to the FRSC officers.

6. You will be directed to the VIO office.

7. Present the above-listed items to the VIO officials.

8. At this point, you will be asked to pay N1,000. This is where the "Road Sense" CD/DVD comes in handy. The N1,000 payment is for a test and the CD. If you carry the CD/DVD, show them and you would not have to make the payment again.

9. If you make the payment, you will be required to take a test. It could be a verbal test or a written test. The test will be accompanied with a 5-minute educational discourse. Be calm and remember that the maximum speed limit in Lagos State is 80km/Hr.

10. If you pass the test successfully, the VIO official will give you a signed Driver's Licence Checklist, and you be asked to complete the required parts of the printed Driver's Licence Application Page.

11. At the FRSC desk, make sure you make copies of the signed Driver's Licence Checklist and the signed Driver's Licence Application Page (with your passport photograph attached).

12. These copies attached to a copy of your current driver's licence will be further signed by the FRSC official and this becomes your temporary driver's licence.

13. The new driver's licence will be ready in 3 months.

I hope this helps.

Credit: Nairaland-


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