Requirements for Re-issue (no more renewal) of International Passport

Nigeria Standard Passport generally referred to as International Passport or ECOWAS Passport by some people, currently have five (5) years validity. Upon expiration, the bearer may wish to renew it for purposes of identification or for traveling abroad. Your International Passport is due for RE-ISSUE whenever it’s validity gets to six (6) months or below. This is because, NO embassy would issue you with a VISA in a Passport that has six (6) months or less validity. Based on the above, the requirements for RE-ISSUE of Ecowas passport, International Passport or Nigeria Standard Passport, which ever one you choose to call it, includes the following:


I. The expired or about-to-expire passport booklet
II. Photocopy of the data page of that Passport
III. In the case of filled-up pages, photocopies of ALL the pages of the passport booklet.
IV. APPLICATION FOR RE-ISSUE of the expired; about to expire or filled-up Passport. Which should be addressed to:
The Passport Schedule Officer,
Nigeria Immigration Service,
****** State Command.
V. Two passport photographs of the applicant.
In the application mentioned in IV. above , you MUST State the passport number, whether expired or not, other relevant informations and why you want to be re-issued with a Passport. The process is referred to as RE-ISSUE as against renewal because you are to be issued with a new passport booklet and no longer extension endorsement when renewal was practiced.

Requirements for Nigeria International (Standard) Passport, fresh application

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International passport Requirements

For the purpose of obtaining Nigeria Standard (International) Passport, the new International Passport regime classified Nigerians into three groups based on age:
A. 0-17years of age: referred to as Minors
B. 18-59years of age: referred to as adults, and
C. 60 years and above: referred to as adult-minors

A. MINORS (0-17 years):
One of the parent or both parent MUST accompany the minor to the nearest Passport office with the following:
I. Birth certificate of the minor, obtained from National Population Commission only. In the case of foreign birth, the birth certificate must be translated to English language if written in foreign language. Note: baptism card or birth certificates from any other source other than National Population Commission is NOT acceptable.
II. Marriage certificate of the parent, obtained from the registry or affidavit of marriage from the court in a situation where the parent did only traditional marriage.
III. Affidavit of single motherhood where applicable
IV. Valid means of identification from both parent. For instance, International Passport, drivers license, national ID card , voter’s card (any one of the documents will suffice)
V. ‘Letter of Consent’, duly signed by both parent. The letter should be addressed to: The Passport Control Officer,
Nigeria Immigration Service,
***** State Command.
VI. Four (4) passport photographs of the minor and two (2) passport photographs EACH from both parent.

B. ADULTS, 18 years to 59 years of age:
I. Local government identification from the applicant’s state of origin
II. Birth certificate from National Population Commission for adults born on or after November 1992. Any adult born before then may present affidavit of age if he or she doesn’t have birth certificate from National Population Commission. Baptism card or any other birth certificate is not acceptable.
III. Three (3) Passport photographs from the adult.
In addition to the above, the adult MUST also get a Guarantor, who must be an adult Nigerian. The Guarantor is expected to provide the applicant with the following:
IV. Photocopy of his or her valid International Passport
V. Photocopy of his or her valid driver’s license; national ID card; or voter’s card ( any two of the aforementioned documents) , and
VI. Two (2) passport photographs ( signed at the back)

C. ADULT-MINOR (60 years and above):
The requirements is like that of adults as stated above. The only difference is that they pay the same fees with minors.


Nigeria Standard Passport


1. Visit the home page of Nigeria Immigration Service (i.e
2. Locate passport on the menu and click on it
3. Scroll down to passport (sub-menu) and click on ‘apply for epassport’ button
i. Select a passport type “Standard epassport” (that’s the option for everyday Nigerians like you and I) OR “Official epassport” . It is always advisable to select “Standard epassport” option to avoid regrets.
ii. Select the processing country, where you wish to process the passport.
4. Fill the application form, endeavor to select the ‘processing state’ where you will like to go for the physical capturing of your biometrics. Also remember to select the number of passport pages you are applying for (i.e 32 or 64 pages respectively), because their fee varies (refer to “passport fees” section under ‘Application Fees’ menu on the official home page of Immigration website). The number of pages selected on the application form will determine the amount you are going to pay at the BANK.
i. After completing the application form, crosscheck it thoroughly to make sure that the data you supplied are correct before you check the ‘I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM’.
ii. On the issue of ‘colour of eyes’ and ‘colour of hair’, brown and black respectively is always the default.
iii. Choose your title accordingly but DO NOT attach it to either your SURNAME or OTHER NAMES.
5. Click on “print” button to print the completed form.
6. Click on “submit Application” button to view ‘Applicant details page’
i. Remember to PRINT the completed form before submitting the application.
7. Click on “proceed to online payment”
8. Click to select payment currency “pay in Naira” or “pay in Dollars” option
Ai. If you are applying in Nigeria you MUST pay in Naira
ii. Whereas if you are applying in any other country, you MUST pay in Dollars
iii. If you selected the option to pay in Naira, you will be prompted to select the payment type (payment method): “Bank”, “Credit or Debit Card”. Choose the one convenient for you.
iv. If you intend to pay at the bank (preferable), select “Bank” and click continue (view the list of participating banks and then click on ‘continue’).
v. Click the “Print Acknowledgement” button to print the payment acknowledgement slip that you MUST take to the bank. The Acknowledgement slip contains ‘Transaction ID, ‘Application ID & ‘Reference Number’. With that slip, proceed to a participating bank for payment. (DO NOT CLOSE THIS PAGE ON YOUR COMPUTER BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO CONTINUE YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS AFTER A SUCCESSFUL PAYMENT AT THE BANK. JUST ‘REFRESH’ THE PAGE AFTER PAYMENT AND ENSURE THAT “PAYMENT CONFIRMED” IS DISPLAYED BEFORE PRINTING).
vi. On making payment at the bank, you MAY be issued with an ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt/slip that contains a “Validation Number”.
B. If you intend to pay through Credit/Debit Card, select “Credit/Debit Card” and click continue,
i. Follow the instructions and fill in your details
ii. If the payment was successful, the “Validation Number” is generated. “store/Save” it and use it to confirm your payment (on the Immigration web portal). Note: you can print this receipt/slip that contains the validation number.
USING YOUR VALIDATION NUMBER (Which may no longer be obtainable):
9. After payment (having obtained the “validation number”), go back to the NIS web portal for confirmation of payment.
i. Go to the “Query your application payment status” and enter your passport Application ID and Reference No.
ii. If a “validation number” field appears please enter the number from your ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt.
Note: validation number has been generated after payment through the bank.
iii. You can now PRINT a receipt or an Acknowledgement Slip by using the ‘print’ button on this page. The e-receipt that will be printed MUST be showing “PAYMENT CONFIRMED” on it.
10. For payment outside of Nigeria and other information concerning online passport application guidelines, visit: or passport fees (under “Application Fees” menu) on
“NOTE: If the ‘validation number’ is not given to you after payment, just go back to the web portal and refresh that page where you printed the acknowledgement slip that you took to Bank for payment. The e-receipt that shows “payment Confirmed” should be displayed if your payment was successful, endeavor to PRINT it.”
11. Please to avoid paying twice, if you can’t make the online payment yourself, visit any NIS State Command nearest to you with the other requirements earlier mentioned for assistance.
Please Note: The PRINTOUTS NEEDED after a successful payment;
I. Your completed data pages must be printed out (it must contain a column for your signature, don’t sign it until you’re asked to sign it at the passport office).
II. Secondly, the acknowledgement slip that you took to Bank for payment.
III. Thirdly, the acknowledgement slip/e-receipt (that MUST display “payment confirmed”) that you printed after returning from Bank and going back to the web portal to complete your application. (Remember to affix a postal stamp on this page).
IV. To print the guarantor’s form, click “Apply Online” menu, scroll to ‘passport’ submenu and select “Guarantor’s Form”. Enter your passport Application ID & Reference Number in the appropriate field and click ‘Submit’. The guarantors form will display, endeavor to print it. Take the COURT page of the guarantor’s form to court for commissioner of oath’s endorsement.
Note: The Guarantor must be an adult that possesses all the requirements needed (refer to 1a under: Types of Passport in Nigeria).

Package all the requirements mentioned earlier (previous publication(s)) together with the printouts (if you made the online payment yourself).
Acquisition of Standard Nigeria Passport is NOT done by proxy, beware of fraudsters (YOU MUST APPEAR BEFORE A PASSPORT OFFICER, IN-PERSON FOR YOUR BIOMETRICS TO BE CAPTURED).
Avoid patronizing ‘Touts’ (under any guise), insist on being taken to the passport office. Don’t deal with people outside the office. Go for people in COMPLETE uniform and make sure you capture the person’s name from his or her ‘name tag’.
It is always advisable to make the PAYMENT and ASSEMBLE other requirements YOURSELF. But if you can’t make the payment yourself, you can seek assistance from officers at the passport office or any SERVING IMMIGRATION OFFICER. Endeavor to go with ALL the requirements.

2. Diplomatic Passport (Red Cover):

This type of Passport is issued by Nigeria Immigration Service ONLY to individuals on diplomatic assignment for the country.
Requirements for diplomatic passport
i. Letter of introduction from applicant’s ministry, parastatal or extra-ministerial department
ii. Two passport photographs

3. Official Passport (Blue Cover): Nigeria Immigration Service issues this type of passport ONLY to those individuals embarking on ‘official’ assignment abroad.
Requirements for official passport
A i. Letter of introduction from applicant’s ministry, parastatal or extra-ministerial department duly signed by an officer not below the rank of a director or
ii. Secretary to State Government in case of an employee of state government.

B. Two passport photographs
C. Marriage certificate (for married women)
D. Letter of appointment/ Last promotion

4. Pilgrims Passport (colour varies from year to year for security reasons):
Nigeria Immigration Service issues this type of passport ONLY to Nigerians intending to go on pilgrimage to the Holy lands. Pilgrims passport has six (6) months validity ONLY.
5. MRP-Seaman’s Book or Certificate of Identity (Maroon Cover):
Nigeria Immigration Service issue Seaman’s Book ONLY to Nigerians who work on ocean going vessels or water crafts. Most Nigerians refer to it as Seaman’s Passport.
Requirements for Seaman’s Book
i. Refer to 1A (Standard Nigeria Passport- Adults) above.


According to Wikipedia, a passport is a travel document usually issued by a country’s government that certifies the identity and nationality of it’s holder for the purpose of international travel (and other business transactions). Standard passports contain the holders name, place and date of birth, photogragh, signature and other identifying information. The Standard Nigeria Passport (popularly known as International passport or Ecowas passport by many Nigerians) has the biometric information of the holder in a microchip embedded in the document (that is why it is sometimes referred to as electronic passport or e-passport), making them Machine Readable and very difficult to counterfeit.
Types of passports in Nigeria
1. Standard Nigeria Passport (green cover): This is the most commonly used travel document in Nigeria. For one to qualify to acquire Standard Nigeria Passport, the person must be a Nigerian by birth, naturalization and registration. No Nigerian is allowed to hold multiple Standard passports and all Standard passports have a life span of Ten (10) years with an initial validity of five (5) years. Upon expiration, the holder goes back for Re-issue (and no longer renewal).

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Requirements for obtaining a Standard Nigeria Passport:
A. Adults (18 years and above):
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Birth certificate or Affidavit of Age declaration
– Letter of Identification from local government of origin or residence
– Marriage certificate for a married woman

The Applicant must also download guarantor’s form from NIS web portal and the form must be:
– Completed by the guarantor and duly signed and taken to court for commissioner of oath’s endorsement.
– The guarantor must give the applicant photocopies of: (i) Data page of his/her Standard Nigeria Passport and (ii) National Identity Card or Driver’s license ( any two of the three documents mentioned)
– The guarantor must also give the applicant one (1) of his/her passport photograph (signed at the back).
NOTE: birth certificate as mentioned earlier refers to the one being issued by the National Population Commission and NOT Baptismal cards from any church or birth certificate from any Hospital.
– Secondly, if the applicant cannot download the guarantor’s form, he/she should at least endeavor to collect the other requirements from the guarantor
– The guarantor need not appear before the passport officer with the applicant.

B. Minors (0-17 years):
– Three (3) passport photographs
– Birth Certificate (from National Population Commission)
– Letters of consent from BOTH parents (or from a surviving parent, if the other is deceased)
– Marriage certificate (or affidavit of fact, with regards to traditional marriage or Islamic marriage)
– At least one (1) means of identification each from both parents (e.g data page of passports, drivers’ license, national identity card, voters card)
– One (1) passport photograph each from both parents
– Death certificate (For a minor whose parent or parents are deceased). The surviving parent/guardian accompanying the minor must present the death certificate(s) of the deceased parent(s)
– At least one of the parent(s) must accompany the minor to the passport office.

C. Loss Case:
– Police extract (from police station)
– Affidavit of loss (from court)
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of data page of the lost passport
– Application for re-issue of lost passport (addressed to: The Comptroller, of the state command where it will be processed)

D. Case of damage:
– The applicant must go to the passport office with the damaged passport
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Application letter for re-issue of damaged passport.
NOTE: It is at discretion of the passport officer of the state command to address the issue or refer the applicant to the service headquarters.

E. Re-issue of expired passport:
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of the data page of the expired passport
– Application letter for re-issue of expired passport (addressed to: The passport Schedule Officer; Nigeria Immigration Service; of the state command where one is routing his/her application).

F. Filled-up passport pages (before the expiration of the passport):
– Photocopy of the data page
– Photocopies of ALL the pages (that has endorsements, whether seen on arrival, S.O.A; seen on departure, S.O.D; visas; etc etc)
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Application letter for re-issue of filled-up passport ( addressed to: The passport schedule officer)

G. Change of data (as a result of marriage):
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of data page of her Standard Nigeria Passport
– Marriage certificate
– Newspaper publication portraying the change of name
– Application letter (for change of data due to marriage), addressed to: The Passport Schedule Officer of the processing state.
– Photocopy of husband’s Standard Nigeria Passport (data page) or any other means of identification from her husband e.g. driver’s license or national ID card.

H. Change of data (as a result of family or personal change of name): This is at the discretion of the passport officer
– Two (2) passport photographs
– Photocopy of Standard Nigeria Passport (a.k.a International passport)
– Newspaper publication
– ‘WAEC’ or First School Leaving Certificate (or both) and other academic certificates bearing the name
– Application letter for change of data.

NOTE: that in the cases related to 1 E, F, G & H above, the PHYSICAL passport booklet MUST be presented to the passport officer.