Getting a Nigerian passport is the number one criteria for any citizen that wishes to identify as a citizen of the country both in and out of the country.
The passport is issued by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and they have basic things that need to be provided before anyone can be issued a passport.
However, to obtain a passport for a minor (persons under 18 years of age) you, as a parent, will need to provide the following information.
First of all, the parents must provide evidence(s) that shows that they are Nigerians. Where the child is born is of utmost importance too, the officials would request a birth certificate.
Also, the NIS would want to know if both parents consent to obtaining the passport by their child, especially if one of them is not available physically. This might actually need a letter of consent for official confirmation.
Below, Legit.ng has summed up the requirements as listed by the NIS:
1. Completed passport application form attached with one passport-sized photograph of the minor. This is to be endorsed on the reverse side by the consenting parents.
2. Evidence of Nigerian citizenship of parents.
3. Birth certificate (certificate must be issued by the National Population Commission for minors born within Nigeria).
4. Letter of consent from both parents (Court Order to support a parent’s unavailability)
5. Acknowledgement slip and evidence of payment.
In the case where the minor is an adopted child, the court order and the letter of approval from the State Ministry of Women and Child Development is required.
Please note that the application can be done offline and online.
Here are the NIS office addresses in Lagos:
Festac Passport Office
27, A Close (3rd Avenue), Festac Town, Lagos
Ikoyi Passport Office
Alagbon Close, Off Ikoyi Road, Near Secretariat, Ikoyi, Lagos
Ikeja Passport Office (Alausa Ikeja)
Assbiffi Road, Shoprite Bus-stop, Alausa Ikeja, Lagos.
The Nigerian Immigration Service: official website, e-mail & call line:
Support e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help desk line: +234 (1) 2714449, 4541452
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