The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced that the National Identification Number (NIN) is now mandatory for car registration and issuance of the driver’s licence.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday, September 25, during a workshop organized for sector heads of the driver’s licence.
Citing the directive as an act to curb corruption, Dr Oyeyemi noted that FRSC has been faced with a lot of problems with respect to the production of the driver’s licence. According to him, the driver’s licence is a highly valued identification and security document and not just a permit to drive on the road.
He said, “It is useful for identity tracking, especially when it involves travelling and driving outside the country. As a matter of fact, it also offers support to the different agencies who desire to keep a tab on the identity of holders, including the diplomatic community.”
He also pointed out that this step would curb corruption in the driver’s licence production chain.
Dr Oyeyemi added that NIN would also be required to apply for vehicle registration in order to curb challenges relating to identity theft.
The FRSC boss said, “Without a NIN, you cannot continue any vehicle registration. This is also to ensure that the correct information is provided and kick against corruption.”
Finally, he maintained that the directive would help the agency avoid double identity and ease the processing of the driver’s licence as well.