How to apply for your first Nigerian passport

A passport is an official travel document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign...
A passport is an official travel document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries. You are only entitled to a Nigerian Passport  if you are a Nigerian Citizen. You can acquire Nigerian Citizenship by  Birth, Naturalisation or registration. Any woman who is or has been married to a citizen of Nigeria can apply for citizenship through registration.

Passports Types

This document explains how to apply for your first Nigeria passport, if you are over 18 and below 18. If your previous passport was issued when you were a child and has not yet expired (or has only recently expired), your application is considered a renewal application and not a first-time application. In other documents you will find information on:
  • Applying for your First Passport
  • Passport for Children
  • Renewing a Nigerian Passport

Your Passport is an important official document and should be kept in a secure place.  Every Nigerian Passport has a unique identification number, you should keep an electronic copy of your passport in your email or file and note the Passport number, in case your passport is lost or stolen.

All Nigerian Passports are issued by the Nigerian Government through the Nigerian Immigration Service of the Federal Ministry of Interior. Nigerian Passports are also issued through Nigerian High Commissions and Consulates in different parts of the world. You can apply to the High commission or consulate in you location if you are living outside Nigeria.

ECOWAS PROTOCOL: Free Entry within 90 days                  All Citizens of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) member states have the right to enter and live in another ECOWAS member state for up to 90 days. You just need a valid travel document and international health certificate.  A citizen of the Community visiting any Member State for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days shall enter the territory of that Member State through the official entry point free of visa requirements. Such citizen shall, however, be required to obtain permission for an extension of stay from the appropriate authority if after such entry that citizen has cause to stay for more than ninety (90) days.

Applying for your First Passport                                    Fresh Passport Application Requirements

Citizenship by Birth

Adult (18 years and above)

  1. Letter of identification from Local Government/State of origin or residence or National Identity Card OR Letter of introduction for employees of government as a Nigerian citizen stating Service Number, Length of Service and Designation/Rank. The letter must be accompanied with a valid staff identity card;
  2. Completed passport application form and 2 passport sized photographs (passport photographs endorsed at the back by the Guarantor);
  3. Completed Guarantors’ form duly signed by a Commissioner for Oaths attached with Photocopy of Data page of Guarantor’s Nigerian ePassport and one passport sized photograph of the Guarantor;
  4. Marriage certificate, where applicable;
  5. Birth Certificate (certificate issued by the National Population Commission shall be required from applicants whose date of birth is with effect from Dec 1992) or Age Declaration attached with one passport-sized photograph and duly endorsed by a Commissioner for Oaths
  6. Acknowledgement slip and evidence of payment

Applying for passport for children -Minor (under 18 years of age)

  1. Completed passport application form attached with 1 passport sized photograph of minor to be endorsed on the reverse side by the consenting parent/s;
  2. Evidence of Nigerian citizenship of parent/s;
  3. Birth certificate (certificate must be issued by the National Population Commission for minors born within Nigeria);
  4. Letter of consent from either parent;
  5. Acknowledgement slip and evidence of payment;                                                                              
  6. Court Order and Letter of approval from State Ministry of Women and Child Development (This Requirement is strictly for adopted child)

Citizenship by Naturalization

  1. Certificate of Naturalization duly issued by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  2. Completed passport application form and 2 passport sized photographs (passport photographs endorsed at the back by the Guarantor)
  3. Completed Guarantors’ form duly signed by a Commissioner for Oaths attached with Photocopy of Data page of Guarantor’s Nigerian ePassport and one passport sized photograph of the Guarantor
  4. Marriage certificate where applicable
  5. Birth Certificate or data page of previous passport as evidence of age
  6. Acknowledgement slip and evidence of payment

Citizenship by Registration

  1. Certificate of Registration duly issued by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
  2. Completed passport application form and 2 passport sized photographs (passport photographs endorsed at the back by the Guarantor);
  3. Completed Guarantors’ form duly signed by a Commissioner for Oaths attached with Photocopy of Data page of Guarantor’s Nigerian ePassport; and one passport sized photograph of the Guarantor;
  4. Marriage certificate where applicable;
  5. Birth Certificate or data page of previous passport as evidence of age;
  6. Acknowledgement slip and evidence of payment.
Passport Application (How to Apply)
Fresh (First) Passport Application
  • Complete passport application form online, make payment and obtain Application ID and Reference Number. (Click here for payment instructions)
  • Print out Guarantor’s form (using Application ID and Reference number) to be signed by a guarantor and commissioner of oath in a competent court (click here for guarantor’s requirement and form download)
  • Submit completed passport application form with other requirements in person at passport office selected during online payment process for further processing.
Note: Applicants are required to appear at chosen Immigration Office for photograph and biometric data capturing.

Fees for Passport and Others
Note: All fees are exclusive of bank charges, ₦2000 Address Verification fee. Administrative charges are non-refundable and payment of passport fees for such cases are subject to approval of application.
No age classification for 64 pages.
CATEGORIES32 PAGE BOOKLETS64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years)AGE (18 to 59 years)AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee₦8,750₦15,000₦8,750₦20,000
Address Verification Fee₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000
TOTAL₦10,750₦17,000₦10,750₦22,000
Expired Validity
CATEGORIES32 PAGE BOOKLETS64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years)AGE (18 to 59 years)AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee₦8,750₦15,000₦8,750₦20,000
Address Verification Fee₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000
TOTAL₦10,750₦17,000₦10,750₦22,000
Passport Application Guidelines
Unexpired Validity
CATEGORIES32 PAGE BOOKLETS64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years)AGE (18 to 59 years)AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee₦8,750₦15,000₦8,750₦20,000
Address Verification Fee₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000
TOTAL₦10,750₦17,000₦10,750₦22,000
 CATEGORIES32 PAGE BOOKLETS64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years)AGE (18 to 59 years)AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee₦8,750₦15,000₦8,750₦20,000
Address Verification Fee₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000₦2,000
TOTAL₦10,750₦17,000₦10,750₦22,000

https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/pages/faq

PASSPORT OFFICES NATIONWIDE
1Abia Passport Office72, School Road, Umuahia
2Abuja SHQNigeria Immigration Service Headqurters, Sauka Abuja
3Abuja FCT Passport OfficeOld Secretariat Road, Gwagwalada
4Adamawa PassportFederal Secretariat Complex Yola
5Akwa Ibom Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat, Abak Road Uyo
6Anambra PassportCommand Hqters,Awka
7Bauchi Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat Bauchi
8Bayelsa Passport OfficeRoad Safety Road, Yenogoa
9Benue Passport Office6, Kashim Ibrahim Rd GRA Makurdi
10Borno Passport OfficeOff Bama Road, Maiduguri
11Cross River Passport Office2, Otuansa Street,opposite Airport
12Delta State Passport OfficeCommand Hqters, Ogwashiku Rd. Asaba
13Ebonyi Passport Office2, Afor Ezuna Road Abakaliki
14Edo Passport OfficeCommand Hqters, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City
15Ekiti Passport OfficeKm 5 Afe Babalola Rd, Ado-Ekiti
16Enugu Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat, Ogui Layout Enugu
17Gombe Passport OfficeImmigration Barracks, Bauchi Rd, Gombe
18Imo Passport OfficeOnitsha Rd, Fed. Secretariat Owerri
19Jigawa Passport OfficeOld State Secretariat, Dutse
20Kaduna Passport OfficeIndependence Way Kaduna
21Kano Passport Office (1)By Farm Settlement, off Maiduguri Road, Kano
22Kano Passport Office (2)
23Katsina Passport OfficeHassan Usman Road, Katsina
24Kebbi Passport OfficeBy New Govt. House, Argungu Rd Birni Kebbi
25Kogi Passport OfficeOff Mount Patti Road, Lokoja
26Kwara Passport OfficeFed. Secrtariat, Fate Rd Ilorin
27Lagos-Ikoy Passport OfficeAlagbon Close ikoyi
28Alausa Passport OffceAlausa, by Govt House, Ikeja
29Festac Passport office3rd Avenue, A close Festac Town
30Nasarawa Passport OfficeLafia-Makurdi Rd, LGA Sec. Lafia
31Niger Passport OfficeOld State Secretariat, Minna
32Ogun Passport OfficeOld Party Sec.Oke-Mosan
33Ondo Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat Complex, Akure
34Osun Passport OfficeGbogan Road, Oshogbo
35Oyo Passport OfficeBy Agodi Gate Area, Ibadan
36Plateau Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat Complex, Jos
37Rivers Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat, Aba Rd PH
38Sokoto Passport OfficeFed. Secretariat Complex Sokoto
39Taraba Passport OfficeMile 6 Jalingo-Numan Rd Jalingo
40Yobe Passport OfficeGashua Road, Damaturu
41Zamfara Passport OfficeNear Govt. House, Gusau.

Contact the Nigerian Immigration Service

Reference

  1. Nigeria Immigration Service. Standard Passport Available at: https://immigration.gov.ng/standard-passport/  (Accessed: 12 December 2018).
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