Nigerians who would be applying for passports will be charged N1,000 for the verification of their National Identification Number (NIN).
This was confirmed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in a statement signed by its Head, Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke, on Monday.
According to the commission, the fee is to improve the quality of service, accuracy, and speed of passport services through timely verification of NIN.
It stated that it agreed on this framework with the Nigerian Immigration Service. NIMC said, “This new arrangement is in furtherance of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy’s directive to streamline passport application, renewal, and issuance processes.
“Consequently, a NIN Verification fee would be charged for each Nigerian passport application for this service.”
It added, “NIMC and NIS have agreed on a revised applicant journey that will significantly improve the speed of passport issuance /re-issuance and reduce the traffic visiting the NIS office(s). The NIN service, fees, and the new NIS process will go live on 1st April.”
According to the commission, Nigerians will pay N1000 for NIN verification in Nigeria, $5 in other African countries, and $15 in other countries.