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In every country of the world, plate numbers are unique identification every car owner must-have. Plate numbers are used to trace, track, and also to identify the owner of the car. Number plates are done in such a way that the details of the car, the configuration, and the data of the owner are collected in a database in which the number is assigned.

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Every state in Nigeria has its unique codes and identification. Number plates in Nigeria are done base on the local government areas or the key location in that locality. For example in Lagos, a number plate like AA 123-KJA. KJA is an abbreviation of Ikeja. Ikeja is a local government in Lagos and also the state capital. Please read more on Lagos Number Plate Codes Here.

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria located in the centre of the country within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It is a planned city and was built mainly in the 1980s, replacing the country’s most populous city of Lagos as the capital on 12 December 1991. Abuja’s geography is defined by Aso Rock, a 400-metre (1,300 ft) monolith left by water erosion. The Presidential Complex, National Assembly, Supreme Court and much of the city extend to the south of the rock. Zuma Rock, a 792-metre (2,598 ft) monolith, lies just north of the city on the expressway to Kaduna.

Abuja being the seat of power in Nigeria has only 6 local government areas and these made up the codes for the number plates. It will interest you to note that Abuja uses only 6 cities codes within the metropolis for its number plates.

Below are codes used on the Abuja number plates.

  • ABJ – Abaji Area Council
  • ABC – Abuja Municipal Area Council
  • BWR – Bwari
  • GWA – Gwagwalada
  • KUJ – Kuje Area Council
  • KWL – Kwali
  • RSH – Karshi
  • RBC – Rubuchi
  • YAB – Yaba

The Nigerian Vehicle Number Plates

Nigerian vehicle registration plates in current use were introduced in 1992 and revised in 2011. Nigeria and Liberia are the only two African countries that use the North American standard 6 × 12 inches (152 × 300 mm), with Egypt using an approximately similar size of 170 x 350 mm. The international code for Nigeria is “WAN” (West Africa Nigeria).

The license plates are generally white and the number itself is imprinted in blue. In the upper left-hand corner, they carry the Flag of Nigeria or the national coat of arms. The state name and slogan is displayed at the top centre of the plate, and the “Federal Republic of Nigeria” is written at the bottom.

The unique plate combination itself is in the format ABC-123DE. The first three letters indicate the Local Government Area in which the vehicle was registered, which are followed by three digits and two letters. The background consists of an outline of a map of Nigeria. Before 2011, the three letters indicating the Local Government Area were at the end, in the format AB123-CDE.

Other types of license plates are also in use. Commercial vehicles are written in red rather than blue, and government plates are in green. Diplomatic plates are purple and green with white lettering. The first two/three digits represent the country the owner of the car represents, followed by two letters and numbers. Instead of the name of the state, they read CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE. Cars of the consular corps have instead of the letters CC or CORPS CONSULAIRE.


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