Nigeria New Passport Verification Fee: Your Essential Guide

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the implementation of a National Identification Number (NIN) verification fee for passport services. The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have created a framework to streamline the passport application, renewal, and issuance processes, which will significantly improve the quality, accuracy, and speed of passport services through the timely verification of NIN. The NIN verification fee will be charged for each Nigerian passport application, starting from April 1, 2023.

Improved Passport Services Through NIN Verification

The joint framework between NIMC and NIS is aimed at improving passport services through the timely verification of NIN. The NIN is a unique identification number assigned to individuals upon enrollment in the National Identity Database. It ties an individual’s record together, including demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data, and digital signature.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy’s directive to streamline passport application, renewal, and issuance processes prompted the creation of this framework. The NIMC and NIS have agreed on a revised applicant journey that will reduce the traffic visiting NIS offices and significantly improve the speed of passport issuance and re-issuance.

NIN Verification Fees

The applicable NIN verification fee in Nigeria is N1,000 for each Nigerian passport application, while it is $5 for African countries and $15 for other countries or their equivalent in other foreign currencies. This fee will be charged for the verification of an applicant’s NIN during passport application or renewal.

Implementation Date

The NIN service fees and the new NIS process will commence from April 1, 2023. This means that Nigerians applying for passports will be required to provide their NIN and pay the NIN verification fee. The NIS will then verify the NIN through the National Identity Database to confirm the authenticity of the applicant’s identity.

Benefits of the Framework

The implementation of this framework will bring many benefits to Nigerians. It will significantly improve the speed of passport issuance and re-issuance, reduce the traffic visiting NIS offices, and ensure the accuracy and authenticity of passport services. The timely verification of NIN will also help to combat identity theft and fraud, making the process more secure for applicants.

Conclusion

The Federal Government of Nigeria’s approval of the NIN verification fee for passport services is a positive step towards improving the quality, accuracy, and speed of passport services in the country. The joint framework between NIMC and NIS will significantly reduce the traffic visiting NIS offices and ensure the authenticity and accuracy of passport services through the timely verification of NIN. The implementation of this framework will bring many benefits to Nigerians, including improved speed, accuracy, and security of passport services.


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