List Of Nigeria Vehicle Plate Number Abbreviation And Meaning

List Of Nigeria Vehicle Plate Number Abbreviation And Meaning. Have you ever questioned why vehicle license plates are so important? Do you know what these letters on a number plate mean? This article explains everything you need to know. 

List Of Nigeria Vehicle Plate Number Abbreviation And Meaning


Only a small percentage of the country’s population understands the meanings of the numbers and abbreviations on a vehicle’s license plate. This is a rare opportunity for you to learn the abbreviations and numbers used on Nigerian license plates. This is not a problem unique to Nigeria, since other nations utilize plate numbers on their automobiles. It is the government’s preferred technique of identifying all automobiles in a nation.

It might be difficult to tell one vehicle from another because of the similarity in models, exterior features, and colours. So, whether you drive a car or a motorbike, you must have a license plate on your vehicle. Numerous methods exist for creating car number plates, with each character having a distinct meaning. The statistics are based on the choices of each nation.

According to the country in question, there are a number of different ways to structure the number plate. ABC-123DE is a unique format in Nigeria. “ABC” stands for the Local Government Area (LLA) in which the vehicle registration was completed, and the next three letters and two additional letters are used to identify the vehicle’s registration number. Numbering is the primary purpose of the last two letters.

See also: Traffic offences in Nigeria and their penalties

Nigeria Plate Number Colours

Plate numbers in Nigeria are typically white, with the numbers printed on blue. For whatever reason, certain numerals appear in red, while others are printed in green. In addition, the colour of the item is important. White writing is used for commercial cars, red is used for government plates, and green is used for diplomatic plates.

Diplomatic license plates utilize two or three digits to signify the nation the car’s owner represents. Afterwards, two letters and two figures are imprinted. In this case, CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE would be readily visible where the state is meant to be on this sort of plate.

Types of Nigerian Number Plates

1. Number Plates with Extravagant Designs

Most Nigerian celebrities drive around with a unique license plate. It has a white backdrop with blue text.

2. Number Plates for Mass Transit

The number plates of public transportation, business vehicles, and school buses all have red lettering on a white backdrop.

3.  Plates on School Buses

Mass Transit number plates have red characters on a white backdrop and this sort of number plate is one of them.

4. Individually Owned License Plates

The most frequent sort of number plate in this nation is a private one. Every time you get behind the wheel, you’ll see them.

5.  Number Plates that are issued by the government

Public officials, such as presidents, legislators, governors, and others, often adopt this style. The “FG” mark may be seen on a government vehicle with an “FG” number plate, which is green on a white background.

6. Number Plates of the Armed Forces and the Paramilitary

Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces use these plates, which are emblazoned with black characters on a white background, to identify their vehicles.

7. Number Plates for Commercial Use

Commercial buses, a kind of mass transportation, with commercial number plates. As a result, they both use a white backdrop with red lettering as their primary colour scheme.

8. No-Follow License Plates

Plates in the following three categories are included:

  • In white letters against a bright purple backdrop, the phrase “Corps Diplomat” appears.
  • On a brown backdrop, the number plate has white lettering scribbled on it.
  • On a navy blue backdrop, these diplomatic number plates have white lettering.

See also: How to check plate number owner in Nigeria (Verify Plate Number)

List of typical Nigeria Plate Number Abbreviation under each state

1. Abuja Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
KWL Kwali Area Council
ABC Abuja Municipal Council
BWR Bwari Area Council
RSH Karshi Area Council

2. Lagos State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
AAA Lagos Island LG
LSR Surulere
FKJ Ifako Ijaiye
FST Festac
APP Apapa
AGL Ajeromi Ifelodun
LND Lagos Mainland
MUS Mushin

3. Osun State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
KRE Ikire
FNN Ifon Osun
SGB Osogbo
LES Ilesa
GBN Gbongan

4. Katsina State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
BAT Batagarawa
CRC Charanchi
BDW Bindawa
DDM Dandume
BKR Bakori
DMS Danmusa
NGW Ingawa
JBY Jibia
KFY Kafur
BRE Baure
DJA Danja
MLF Malumfashi
KTN Katsina
DTS Dutse

5. Oyo State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
BDJ Bodija
GBR Igbo Ora
SEY Iseyin
LUY Oluyole (Ibadan)
AME Arowomole (Ogbomoso)
MAP Mapo (Ibadan)
NRK Onireke (Ibadan)

6. Cross River State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
BJE Boki (Boje)
KAM Akamkpa
ANA Calabar South (Anatigha)
CAL Calabar Municipal
KMM Ikom
BRA Obubra
DUK Odukpani
GEP Yakurr
BNS Obanliku (Sankwala)
EFE Etung (Effraya)
GGJ Ogoja
CKK Yala (Okpoma)
TGD Abi (Itigidi)
UDU Obudu
BKS Bakassi

7. Kano State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
GWL Gwale
NSR Nasarawa
UGG Ungogo
KMC Kano Municipal
TRN Tarauni
DTF Dawakin Tofa
DAL Dala

8. Ekiti State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
KER Ikere Ekiti
EFY Efon Alaye
ADK Ado Ekiti
EMR Emure Ekiti
AMK Aramoko
KLE Ikole Ekiti
TUN Moba LG (Otun)

9. Ondo State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
WEN Idanre LG (Owena)
KEK Ile Oluji LG (Ile oLuji)
AKR Akure South LG (Akure)
KTP Okitipupa LG
FFN Ose LG (Ifon)
REE Odigbo LG (Ore)
SUA Akoko South East LG (Isua)
JTA Akure North LG (Ita Ogbolu)
NND Ondo West LG (Ondo)

10. Rivers State Vehicle Plate Number

Abbreviation Local Government
ABU Aboa/Odual
AHD Ahoada-East
KNM Ahoada-West
ABM Akukutoru
NDN  Andoni
BGM Asari-Toru
BNY Bonny
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


In this article about Nigerian number plate acronyms and what they imply, I hope you learnt a few things. Following the measures outlined above is the easiest way to prevent being harassed or getting a false number plate. In Nigeria, you can’t simply drive off in a brand new automobile; you have to go through the proper channels.

Before you can receive a license plate for your new car, you need to get it registered in your desired Local Government Area. Verify your plate number at the proper place before attaching it to your car if you don’t already have one.

See also: List of approved centres for new plate numbers in Nigeria

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