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Nigerians divided over extension of driver’s license validity to 5 years


The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the expiry period of driver’s licence to five years from the original three year period. The decision was taken by the Joint Tax Board at its 134th meeting held recent in Kano.

The corps marshal said rather than drivers’ licence expiring in three years, drivers now have the option of settling for either three or five years licence.

This, however, comes with different price tags. Drivers who want the three years licence are to pay N6,000, while those who opt for the five years licence would pay N10,000. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, carried out a survey on peoples reaction on the extension of drivers’ licence validity date from 3 years to 5 years.



I am happy about the new development. It will give me enough time but other countries driving licence is 10 years but Nigeria will want drivers to come back after every 3 years or five years so they can have their own share. God help this country.



I am not happy about it. Nigerian leaders can never do anything to benefits the masses, why will they have to put different price tag with different years. If they want 5 years, they should just make it a standby law and they should stop deceiving us.



It is not a good idea. Other countries driving licence is 10 years but Nigeria will want drivers to come and spend their money so that they can have their own share. This is indirect stealing.



This people are thieves, all they do is find a way to extort money from us. Same thing they did with the international passport which is 5 years instead of 10 years like other countries.



I don’t see it as a good idea, the fact that they introduce 5 years validity for driving licence is a perfect motive but having two options to go for is absurd. The three years validity should be stopped, and they should let all driving licence validity remains 5 years.

Having two options is like suggesting ways for fraud. People will fall victim for fake licence.



The idea is welcome, I think it will reduce the rate at which driving licence will be renewed. 5 years is a perfect period of time after which you can renew your licence. But I just hope the 5 years will work as they say.



It is a very good development only if their officers will comply with the prices listed here. The last time I renewed my driving licence, it was done for N13,000 for three years. I just hope they won’t make this five years own N25,000 by the time new applicants start to request for it.



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