Aircraft Registration


A person who wishes to register an aircraft in Nigeria shall apply to the Authority for aircraft registration by submitting a duly completed prescribed application Form: AC-AWS 001A to the Authority. Registration Acceptance Application for aircraft registration is accepted only for aircraft of a type that is acceptable to the Authority. On completion of a successful documents evaluation, the airworthiness inspector issues the aircraft acceptance for registration note. No aircraft shall be registered without a registration acceptance note issued by the Authority.

Eligibility Requirements – An applicant for aircraft registration shall meet in full the eligibility requirements stated in Regulation 2.1.2 of Part 4 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations(see below).

An aircraft is eligible for registration if it is—

  • (1) Owned by:
    • A citizen of Nigeria,
    • An individual citizen of another State who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence in Nigeria,
    • A corporation lawfully organised and doing business under the laws of Nigeria and the aircraft is based and primarily used in Nigeria,
    • A government entity of Nigeria or political subdivision thereof; or
    • A foreign person who has leased the aircraft to one of the persons described in paragraphs (i) – (iv) above, provided that:
      • The aircraft may remain on the Nigerian registry only for as long as the lease remains in effect; and
      • certificate of registration includes the names and addresses of the lessee and, if different, the operator of the aircraft; and
  • (2) Not registered under the laws of any other State; and
  • (3) The aircraft is not more than 22 years old, unless the aircraft is used exclusively for general aviation purposes.
After the aircraft has been evaluated and found acceptable for issue of a certificate of registration it is required to submit the following documents to the Authority:
  • A Certificate or notice of de-registration from the previous state of registry or a letter from the state of manufacture , if the aircraft is new and has never been registered in any other state, confirming non- registration. The de-registration certificate must be received by the| Authority directly from the state of registry and should never be presented by the applicant - should be State to State.
  • Document(s) to prove the aircraft ownership, (e.g. Bill of Sale, e.t.c.);
  • A copy of a government issued Identity Card (ID) or Passport if owned by an individual, or any other identification card approved by the Authority;
  • A certified copy of the Certificate of incorporation if owned by a company;
  • Names of the directors of the company owning or leasing the aircraft and their specimen signatures giving authority to register and/or operate the aircraft in Nigeria and indicating who among them has the mandate to transact on their behalf on matters relating to the aircraft registration and/or operation;
  • A certified copy of the lease agreement if the aircraft is on lease with stamp duties paid;
  • A certified copy of the power of attorney from the owner/lessor and the lessee, (both of them);
  • A certified copy of an aircraft current Insurance Certificate; and
  • Proof of payment of the prescribed fees (see Fees Schedule in the Nigeria CARs).
  • a certified copy of Air Transport Licence (ATL), Air Operating Permit (AOP) or Permit For Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF).
Allocation of Registration Marks The applicant will be allocated registration marks which are in sequence with prefix (5N-). Registration marks can be reserved after payment of reservation fee but the reservation is valid for six (6) months. Allocation of Special Registration Marks These are registration marks of the applicant’s choice. They are allocated on request in writing, when available and they will attract an extra fee in addition to the normal Aircraft registration fee. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE REFER TO THE NCAA ADVISORY CIRCULAR NCAA-AC-AWS001A Should you require further information do not hesitate to contact: The Director General Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Aviation House, P.M.B. 21029, 21038 Ikeja, Lagos.