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A Step-by-Step Guide to Fast-track your Nigerian Passport Renewal Process


The Ministry of Interior has recently overhauled the Nigerian passport application process, making it more seamless and almost fully automated. This article delves into the updated system and provides a detailed guide to help you navigate the new process effortlessly.

Why the Overhaul?

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, announced the significant changes during an interview with Seun Okinbaloye on Channels TV.

The aim is to simplify the process and reduce the need for physical visits to immigration offices. With the new system, you only need to visit the immigration office for biometrics and passport pickup.

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Understanding the Costs

Nigerian applicants can choose between two types of passports:

  • 32-page passport with five-year validity: N35,000
  • 64-page passport with ten-year validity: N70,000

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Nigerian Passport

1. Verify Your NIN

The first step is to visit the official Nigerian passport application portal. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Enter your National Identification Number (NIN) and date of birth.
  • Complete the CAPTCHA.

If your NIN is valid, your data will be generated. If not, you’ll receive an error message.

2. Choose Your Passport Type and Processing Office

After NIN verification:

  • Select your passport type (32-page or 64-page).
  • Choose your preferred processing and collection state and office.

You’ll receive a reference number during this process. Keep this number safe for tracking your application status.

3. Upload Your Passport Photograph

Your passport photograph must be 600×800 pixels with a white background. To ensure your photo meets the requirements:

  • Use a tool like Img2go to resize your photo to 600×800 pixels.
  • If taking a new photo, use a smartphone with a decent camera in a well-lit place, keep a neutral facial expression, and ensure a plain white background. Use a site like Photoroom to remove any unwanted background and add a white one.

4. Fill in Your Personal Details

You’ll need to provide details such as:

  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Email

Note: Details like names, date of birth, state of origin, and sex cannot be edited. For changes, contact NIMC.

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5. Submit Your Contact Information

Provide your contact details, including:

  • Address
  • Local government
  • Email address
  • Hometown
  • Postal code
  • Phone number

6. Present a Next of Kin

You’ll need to provide details of your next of kin, such as:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number

Your next of kin can be your spouse, parent, friend, relative, or guardian.

7. Upload Supporting Documents

Upload essential documents like:

For applicants with dual nationality, upload the data page of your non-Nigerian passport.

8. Final Steps

Before completing your application:

  • Confirm the authenticity and readability of your documents.
  • Make the required payment.
  • Reserve a date for biometrics capture.

Keep your reference number handy for tracking your application status.

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For Help

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Final Thoughts

The Ministry of Interior’s initiative aims to simplify and streamline the passport application process for Nigerian citizens. The only physical visit required is for biometrics and passport collection, making the process more efficient and user-friendly.


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