Nigerians applying for passports in the country will now be charged N1000 for the verification of their National Identity Number.
Kayode Adegoke, the National Identity Management Commission’s Chief of Corporate Communications, made the news on Monday, February 13.
According to the NIMC, the cost is intended to increase the quality of service, accuracy, and speed of passport services by allowing for fast NIN verification.
Nigerians applying for passports in Nigeria would pay N1000 for NIN verification in Nigeria, $5 in other African countries, and $15 in other countries under the new framework agreed upon with the Nigerian Immigration Service.
“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.
“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.
“The delay in the processing of passport applications could be as a result of the integration of data between NIS and the NIMC, which also, in turn, integrate with the BVN data of applicants.”