The Nigerian government, via the Ministry of Interior, officially launched an online passport application portal on Monday, January 8, 2024. Applicants can now complete 99% of the process online, and they only have to show up at the immigration office for biometric capture. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for your Nigerian passport online.

Step 1

Visit the online application portal on your mobile device or computer.

Step 2

Step 3

A Quick Guide on How to Apply for Your Nigerian Passport Online

Input your National Identification Number (NIN) and date of birth. This automatically pulls your data from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Step 4

A Quick Guide on How to Apply for Your Nigerian Passport Online

Select a processing state from the list of states, and a processing office in your chosen state. The selected location is where you’ll go for your biometric capture.

Step 5

Select a booklet type. You can choose between a 32 or 64-page passport booklet.

Step 6

A Quick Guide on How to Apply for Your Nigerian Passport Online

Upload a passport photograph that meets the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.

Step 7

A Quick Guide on How to Apply for Your Nigerian Passport Online

Fill in personal details such as address, occupation, mobile number, next of kin, marital status, etc. Note that data such as name, gender, place and country of birth, which have been pulled from your NIN, cannot be changed. If you need to, you’ll have to visit the NIMC office.

Step 8

Upload the following required supporting documents:

  • Local government letter of identification
  • Birth certificate/age declaration
  • Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of oaths/magistrate/high court judge
  • Parents’ letter of consent for minors under 16 years
  • Marriage certificate where applicable
  • Police report, in case of lost passport

Verification of documents can take up to seven days.

Step 9

Confirm your details and make payment for your passport. A 32-page passport with a five-year validity costs ₦35,000, while a 64-page passport with a 10-year validity costs ₦70,000.

Step 10

Go for your biometric capture at the NIS office, and your passport should be ready for collection within two weeks.

Passport renewal

The renewal process is similar. It’s important to have the following:

  • NIN number
  • Old passport booklet number
  • A passport photograph that meets ICAO standards
  • The supporting documents outlined in Step 8 above


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