Nigerian International Passport: Application, Guidelines, Cost and Renewal

What is a National Passport 

A passport is a traveling document, usually issued by the government of a particular nation, which certifies the true identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel. A Nigerian passport is a vital piece of document issued by the Nigerian Government to its citizen intending to travel outside the country.

Nigerian International Passport

For new passport application, the Nigerian Government now offers electronic passport known as e-passport. These passports come in hard bound copies and not soft copies and are classified as either Standard Nigerian passport or Official e-passport, depending on its intended use.

How to Obtain a Valid Nigerian International Passport.

The Nigerian International passport can be obtained in two ways as stated above, either way they are the same.


This is the most common way of obtaining a valid International passport, however, it is quite expensive as obtaining one is done through an agent. But one has to be careful when using an agent because of the technicalities involved and the risk of being defrauded by an agent.


Below are the guidelines and procedure of obtaining an online international passport and the documents required.

  • Nigerian passport application form (should be completed online and printed out
  • Payment slip
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Birth certificate
  • Change of name affidavit if any
  • Photocopy of applicants data page
  • Two current passport-sized photographs
  • Drivers license
  • Processing Nigerian passport fee of N15,000 depending on your age bracket
  • Here is the process to take on how to pay online after the necessary documents are ready.

International Passport Application Guidelines

General Procedures for Passport Application

  1. Visit the Home page of Nigeria Immigration Portal
  2. Locate & click on the appropriate application form to start the process:
  1. e-Passport Application Form
  2. MRP – Passport Application Form (Not Applicable In All Missions)
  1. Select a passport type “Standard e-Passport” OR “Official e-Passport”, then click on ‘Start Application’ button.
  2. Fill the Application form; check the ‘I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM’ check box then click the “PRINT” Button to print filled form.
  3. Click on ‘Submit Application’ button to view ‘Applicant details page’
  4. Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”
  5. Click to select Payment Currency “Pay in Naira” or “Pay in Dollars” option then Click on ‘Continue’ button
  6. Choose the currency you want to use for payment (Naira or US Dollars):
    1. If you selected option to pay in Naira, you will be prompted to select PayType (payment method): “Bank”, “Credit OR Debit card”,
  1. If you intend to pay at a bank, selected“Bank” and click continue,
    1. View the list of participating banks and then click on ‘Continue’.
    2. The “Print Acknowledgment” button will help you print “Payment Acknowledgment Slip” with Transaction ID, Application ID & Reference Number.
  • With the copy of your Payment acknowledgment slip, proceed to a participating bank for payment.
  1. On making payment at the bank, you must be issued with an ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt that contains a “Validation Number”. You will need the “Validation Number” for confirmation of payment on the portal. (For use of your Validation Number, see the section on Validation Number below)
  1. If you intend to pay through Credit/Debit card, select “Credit/Debit card” and click continue,
    1. You will be required to fill in your log-in credentials.
    2. After filling in, click “Login” button and you will be sent to the payment portal
  • For proceeding with the payment click the “PAY” button.
  1. Payment portal display application details, click on “Continue” button.
  2. You will be prompted to “Value Card” payment page, provide information of your card & Click on “OK” button
  3. After payment, the “Validation Number” is generated. Store it and use it to confirm the payment.
  • You can also print a receipt by clicking the “Print the Receipt” button.

Using your Validation Number

After payment, having obtained the “Validation Number”, proceed to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment:

    1. Go to the “Query your Application Payment Status” and enter your Passport Application ID and Reference No.
    2. If a “Validation Number” field appears, please enter the number from your ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt. Remember: Validation Number has been generated after payment through Bank also.
    3. Click the “Search Record” button and you will be sent to the “Applicant’s Details” page where a date for your interview has been generated.
    4. You can now print a Receipt or an Acknowledgement Slip by using the buttons on this page. (You will need them for your interview).
    5. You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or Acknowledgement Slip in a new window. Click on “Print” button to send a copy to the printer.

For Payment Outside of Nigeria

    1. If you select a processing country other than Nigeria, your payment will be in US Dollars. You will be re-directed to an approved payment platform to complete your application and make your payment in US Dollars.
  1. On confirmation of payment, proceed for Interview with relevant documents. Please, note that your interview schedule, final e-receipt and acknowledgment slip are only accessible using your Validation Number.
  2. To print your NIS e-Receipt
    1. On the portal home page, click on the ‘Query your application payment status’ link
    2. At the next page, select ‘Passport’ as an option under the ‘Application Type’ drop down
    3. Enter the following details:
  • Application ID
  • Reference Number
  • Validation Number (if applicable)
    1. Submit the details
    2. Your full application details shall be returned
    3. Scroll down the page and click on ‘Print receipt’
    4. You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt in a new window
    5. Click on ‘Print this receipt’ to send a copy to the printer
  1. To generate your Passport Guarantor’s Form
    1. Click on passport guarantor’s form at the home page of the Nigeria Immigration Service
    2. Enter reference and id number generated on the acknowledgment slip
    3. Click Print to print out first page and next to print out second page (You will still be required to click the Print button)

SEE ALSO: Visa for Nigerian Visitors

General Documents required for interview:

Standard Passport (Green Cover)

Who qualifies?

All Nigerians by birth , naturalization and registration This is the most commonly used travel document in Nigeria.

  1. Local Government letter of identification.
  2. Birth certificate / age declaration.
  3. 2 recent colour passport photographs
  4. Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate /  High Court Judge
  5. Parents’ letter of consent for minors under 16 years
  6. Marriage certificate where applicable
  7. Police report incase of lost passport
  8. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission
The Following Tables list Passport Application Fees by Age and Booklet type.
Booklet TypeAGE 0 – 17AGE 18 – 59AGE 60+
32 Pages8,75015,0008,750
64 Pages20,00020,00020,000
Booklet TypeAGE 0 – 17AGE 18 – 59AGE 60+
32 Pages659465
64 Pages125125125

Official Passport

  1. Letter of introduction from appropriate State Government, Federal Government Ministry / Organization.
  2. Marriage certificate where applicable
  3. Police report in case of lost passport
  4. Letter of appointment / last promotion .
  5. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission

Diplomatic Passport (Red Cover)

  1. (a) Letter of introduction from applicant’s Ministry, Parastatal or Extra – Ministerial department
  2. (1) Passport photograph.

Seamans Book Requirement (Maroon Cover)

Who qualifies?This is issued to Nigerians who work on ocean going vessels or watercrafts.

  1. Guarantor’s Details
    1. Guarantor’s from duly signed by a commissioner of oaths
    2. Photocopy of data page of guarantor’s passport and either
      1. Photocopy of National identity card
      2. Driver’s license.
    3. Birth certificate or age declaration
    4. Letter of identification from local government of origin or residence
    5. Two (2) Passport photograph.
    6. Court affidavit and police report in case of lost passport
    7. Acknowledgement slip and receipt of payment

Pilgrims Passport (Colour varies from year to year for security reasons)

Who qualifies?

  • Nigerians intending to go on Pilgrimage to the Holy lands.


  • It is valid for six months only.


  • Acknowledgment slip & payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs are applicable in all cases
  • Print out copy of duly completed application form
  • Take printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing
  • A guarantor must attach the following documents
    1. Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
    2. Driving License or National Identity Card


There are two types of Nigerian International passport; there is the 32-pages International passport and there is the 62-pages International passport. The 62-pages International passport was introduced due to the backdrop of exhaustion of the 32-pages international passport by frequent travelers especially businessmen.

But one can only obtain the 62-pages International passport after presenting your filled up or expired 32-pages filled international passport.



The cost of renewing an International passport is N20,000. If misplaced, you might be referred to the immigration head office at Abuja, to get it done. The following documents are required for passport renewal.

  • Police report if misplaced
  • Renewal fee
  • Two (2) passport sized photographs preferably with white background
  • Passport number of lost international passport (if applicable)
  • Biometric and image acquisition

It is advisable to apply for a new International passport rather than going through the process of renewal .

The official website of Nigeria immigration is

Immigration help desk line:  +234 (1) 2714449, 4542452

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