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Nigerians to pay N1,000 verification fee for NIN at passport offices ~NIMC

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Nigerians applying for passports in the country will from April 1, 2023 be charged N1000 for verification of their National Identification Number (NIN).

On Monday, the National Identity Management Commission (MIMC) issued a statement signed by its Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke.

According to the commission, the fee is intended to improve the quality of service, accuracy, and speed of passport services by allowing for timely NIN verification.

It stated that it had reached an agreement with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on this framework. According to NIMC, “This new arrangement is in response to a directive issued by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to streamline passport application, renewal, and issuance processes.

“Consequently, a NIN verification fee would be charged for each Nigerian passport application for this service.”

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It added, “NIMC and NIS have agreed on a revised applicant journey that will significantly improve the speed of passport issuance and re-issuance and reduce the traffic visiting the NIS office(s). The NIN service, fees, and the new NIS process will go live on April 1st.”

Nigerians will pay N1000 for NIN verification in Nigeria, $5 in other African countries, and $15 in other countries, according to the commission.

According to the NIMC, NIN is intended to connect an individual’s records. The demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data, and digital signature of an individual are supposed to be lodged in the National Identity Database and confirmed and verified through NIN.

The Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Idris recently blamed the delay in passport issuance on data integration between NIS and NIMC.

He said, “The delay in the processing of passport applications could be as a result of the integration of data between the NIS and the NIMC, which also, in turn, integrate with the BVN data of applicants.”

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