List of Nigeria Vehicle Plate Number Abbreviation and Meaning

Have you ever wondered why vehicle plates are necessary? Why all those digits and figures? What do they mean?

About all Nigerians know that every vehicle in Nigeria must have a number plate, but only few can decide what the number and abbreviations mean. Here is a privilege for you to understand the abbreviations and numbers written on vehicle plates in Nigeria. Read along!

2008 Toyota Highlander with carmart.ng plate number
2008 Toyota Highlander with carmart.ng plate number

Plate Number Abbreviation in Nigeria

All the countries of the world use plate number on their vehicles so, this is not a case peculiar to Nigeria alone. The adoption of the use of plate numbers is the government’s firm method of identifying all vehicles in a country.

Vehicles are made in similar models, external features, and colours which make it a bit difficult to differentiate one from the other. So, whether you ride a motorcycle or own a car, your vehicle is expected to carry a number plate.

Vehicle number plates are formed in different ways with each character having its own significance. The numbers are formed based on individual country preferences.

Nigeria’s unique format:

XYZ-234MN

The “XYZ” signifies what Local Government Area you got your vehicle registration done. Next to it is 3 figures, then after that comes the other two letters. These last two letters are basically for numbering.

Example:

The numbering starts from 1 like this: 001AA, and ends at 9; 999AA. Once this cycle is complete, you’ll move to 001AB till 999AB, the numbering goes on and on like that. Sometimes, the first letters in this sample could be used to differentiate vehicle types. A for private vehicles, X for commercial vehicles, Q for tricycles and bikes while H is used for Hilux.

Nigeria Plate Number Colours

Nigeria Plate Number Colours
Nigeria Plate Number Colours

Nigeria plate numbers are usually white in color while the numbers are written in blue. Perhaps you have noticed that the numbers are written in different colors, some red while some are in green. The color used is also significant. Red is used for commercial vehicles, green for government plates, and purple is used in imprinting diplomatic plates, and white color is used for the lettering.

In the case of diplomatic plates, two or three figures are used to symbolize what country the owner of the car represents. These figures are imprinted then followed by two letters and figures. CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE would be clearly written where the state is supposed to be on this type of number plate.

As aforementioned, the first three letters on a typical Nigeria number plate represents the Local Government Area in which the vehicle was registered. These LGAs are always abbreviated, which confuses many individuals.

Below is a list of typical Nigeria Plate Number Abbreviation under each state and what they represent;

Abuja Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
KWLKwali Area Council
ABCAbuja Municipal Council
BWRBwari Area Council
RSHKarshi Area Council

Lagos State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
JJJOjo
AAALagos Island LG
LSRSurulere
FKJIfako Ijaiye
FSTFestac
APPApapa
AGLAjeromi Ifelodun
EPEEpe
LNDLagos Mainland
MUSMushin

Osun State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
KREIkire
FNNIfon Osun
SGBOsogbo
LESIlesa
EDEEde
GBNGbongan

Katsina State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
BATBatagarawa
CRCCharanchi
BDWBindawa
DDMDandume
BKRBakori
DMSDanmusa
NGWIngawa
JBYJibia
KFYKafur
BREBaure
DJADanja
MLFMalumfashi
KTNKatsina
DTSDutse

Oyo State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
BDJBodija
GBRIgbo Ora
SEYIseyin
LUYOluyole (Ibadan)
AMEArowomole (Ogbomoso)
MAPMapo (Ibadan)
NRKOnireke (Ibadan)

Cross River State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
BJEBoki (Boje)
KAMAkamkpa
ANACalabar South (Anatigha)
CALCalabar Municipal
KMMIkom
BRAObubra
DUKOdukpani
GEPYakurr
BNSObanliku (Sankwala)
EFEEtung (Effraya)
GGJOgoja
CKKYala (Okpoma)
TGDAbi (Itigidi)
UDUObudu
BKSBakassi

Kano State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
GWLGwale
NSRNasarawa
UGGUngogo
KMCKano Municipal
TRNTarauni
DTFDawakin Tofa
DALDala

Ekiti State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
KERIkere Ekiti
EFYEfon Alaye
ADKAdo Ekiti
EMREmure Ekiti
AMKAramoko
KLEIkole Ekiti
TUNMoba LG (Otun)

Ondo State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
WENIdanre LG (Owena)
KEKIle Oluji LG (Ile oLuji)
AKRAkure South LG (Akure)
KTPOkitipupa LG
FFNOse LG (Ifon)
REEOdigbo LG (Ore)
SUAAkoko South East LG (Isua)
JTAAkure North LG (Ita Ogbolu)
NNDOndo West LG (Ondo)

Rivers State Vehicle Plate Number

AbbreviationLocal Government
ABUAboa/Odual
AHDAhoada-East
KNMAhoada-West
ABMAkukutoru
NDN Andoni
BGMAsari-Toru
BNYBonny
DEG   Degema
NCH  Eleme
MHA  Emuoha
KHE  Etche
KPR Gokana
SKP  Ikwerre
BRR    Khana
RUM Onia/Akpor
RGM  Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni
GGU  Ogu/Bolo
KRK  Okirika
BER  Omuma
PBT  Opobo/Nkoro
  

You cannot just hit the road with a new car in Nigeria, there are due processes you must follow. You must first get your new vehicle registered in your preferred Local Government Area and get a number plate. If you have a plate number that has not been used before, you must get it verified at the appropriate quarters first before attaching it to your vehicle. Getting a plate number would cost you a bit but the amount cannot be compared with the price of your vehicle.

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