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The question is becoming increasingly reoccurring for young Nigerians and few professionals wanting to effect change of name on their Nigerian international passport. As much as we tried to parried the subject or change the conversation most of the time, it kept coming, hence the need to carry out research on how to change name on Nigeria international passport .

how to change name on Nigeria international passport



Foremost, let state some reasons why an individual may want to change name on their Nigerian International passport

  1. Due to errors from origin: This may arise as error of Pronunciation, or too long a name given a child by an overzealous parent. Some parents do not considered future embarrassment or implications when naming their child at birth. Name play important role  our lives,  it is not a thing to take with levity.  A prominent Afro musician in the 70s changed his name from Ransome Kuti to Anikulapo Kuti, because he felt it was too foreign.  Today none of his children bears Anikulapo.
  2. Due to acquisition of a new religion: A born again person may want to discard the name given at birth. Or some dropped their religion oriented name for pure local or native name.
  3. Due to professional reasons: Few professional bodies do add certain name or attachments to the original names. Likewise, due to popular demand or a name in vogue.  Nowadays,  it is common to hear so many Mercies, Ronaldos Usain Bolts etc.
  4. Due to change of nationality: An individual that acquired dual nationality may want a reflection of his or her new country e.g. Arab countries. Many athletes are fond of this. Some even erase the past completely,  for reasons known only to them.
  5. For convenience or pride reasons: An individual may want to shorten a too long name or expand the present incomplete name or see it as “old school ” It was common in the 50s and  60s to see young Nigerians students shorten the names given them at birth.  Names such as Wole, Olu, Bola, Lai, Muri, Ade, Kola, etc, are purely incomplete names that were shortened from the original name given at birth.
  6. Due to marriage: A female change to their marital names or male married to a famous family may want to identify with the famous family. Recently a Nigerian from southern part married  a Muslim lady in an Eastern Asian country and changed his Nigeria name.
  7. A name no longer in vogue: Some names are connected to idols worship or sounds strange to the bearer.
  8. As long as an individual can back up reasons for wanting a change of name, it is his right to change his name,  provide it wasn’t fraudulent.


  1. The first step is to approach any Immigration Service passport office spread across the country.
  2. Apply in writing to the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service for change of name.
  3. Attach to your application, a written concrete reasons why you want to change name on your Nigerian international passport
  4. Attach a high court affidavit of change of name.
  5. Back your claim with an identity card, such as driver’s licence or an association membership card currently in use. (if any).
  6. Make a payment online of non-refundable administrative changes of #33,000 (thirty-three thousand naira) for the processing of your application

The next step is to wait for few days, for the approval of the Comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service of your application

After receiving approval, you must submit your present passport and

  1. Apply for reissue of a new international passport.
  2. Attach two recently acquired passport sized photograph
  3. Make an online payment of standard Nigeria Passport of #24,500 (Twenty four thousand five hundred naira.
  4. Go for image acquisition, thumbprint and do the electronic signature formality.
  5. Finally wait for the issuance of your passport

PLEASE NOTE : Issuance of passport depends on availability of booklets and other printing materials, do not wait until you urgently need a passport before applying. Better to ask your local passport office for about availability of materials before you place in an application to avoid disappointment and name callings.

Application for change of names can be processed at any passport office across the country. However,  if a passport office want to be overzealous you have the freedom to apply direct to the Immigration Service headquarters in Abuja and your request will be treated without biased.

Thanks, kindly get across to us for more information.


Tags: Change Of Name

Updated: January 8, 2018 — 2:20 am


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    1. Hello. These are the documents to take along
      1. Birth certificate or declaration of age
      2. 2 passport sized photograph
      3 letter of identification from local government
      4. An identity card
      For further information please visit our page on how to get international passport in Nigeria

  2. Hi I submitted my old passport but having south Africa permit on it and goinget back January….am I gonna get myour old passport back?

    1. Yes,
      Ask for it, it will be given to you

  3. Hello, Thanks for this detailed information.
    The world need people like you.

    Please, any idea how long it will take for the approval for family Change of surname.

    1. You’re most welcome. Thanks for the encouragement

  4. Hi, my passport is due for renewal. My maiden name is on my old passport and I want to change my name ( am married now) on the new passport . Will I still pay the #33,000? Thank you in advance

  5. Hello good evening,
    When i change my name in my passport.
    I want to know what would happen at the airport when I’m going back seeing that my permit of stay still have my former name and my passport have my new surname.
    How do i avoid having issues with the the immigration?

    1. Please keep using your present names to avoid problems.

  6. Thank you very much for this information Mr O.R. Salahudeen, Please I would like to discuss privately with you as soon as possible if you don’t mind.

  7. Is it possible to have two surnames on a Nigerianew passport? I currently have one but would like to add one more. I’m a guy.

    1. Take the passport to a passport office explain your problem to a senior official, he will direct you appropriately.

  8. pls,i want change d name on my international passport nd d DOB on it.can it b done in lag or abj…. how much will it cost

    1. Please read our piece on the topic. “ How much is international passport 2018”

  9. Pls sir they made a mistake on my my passport as per my cab I resolve it sir

    1. You will need an affidavit from the high court for correction of age. Afterwards take it to a passport office and file an application for correction of your age.

  10. Hi,please i just want to know,if I’ve changed my name can i just attach my name change proof to the passport carrying my previous name without any issues or do i absolutely need to change it. Thank you

  11. Hi, i got my passport today and there was a name issue on it. Instead of JOHN what was spelt was JON. IS This a serious issue since my whole data is complete and i have other forms of identification bearing JOHN.

    1. Please you have to take the passport back to the place that issued it. Do not tamper with the passport. Go the ask for the passport officer. Explain to him. The best they should do is to issue you another passport.

  12. My issue is different. My middle name was written as surname while surname as middle name. My passport is due for renewal in 2020 and I am presently working in dubai. I am planning on coming to Nigeria for a month. Do I need to change or just leave it am actually thinking the arrangement will be different from that on my certificate

    1. Hello. You may leave it until the time you will reissue the in 2020 and point out the error before you place in your application for reissue. If you need further assistance call me.

  13. Please, I would like to discuss something important with you because I require your assistance. Kindly forward me your telephone contact to enable me reach you.

    Note that I’m writing from the United Kingdom.



    1. You’re welcome, this is my phone number : +234 9061 882 300

  14. azeez rukayat mopelola

    Thanks for this great privilege, my question goes thus: I have a passport with my maiden name that will expire next year 2019, now that I am married, I need the passport to process an application for Phd program in US this year. Should I go for change of name? Should I apply for visa with my former surname? Thanks in anticipation

    1. Good day Rukayat, it is advisable you conclude your academic activities with your maiden name, to avoid unnecessary embarrassment from those US Immigration officials.
      It very easy for a female to process change of name on Nigeria international passport, therefore you can do it at your own time without problems.
      Thanks for visiting

      1. Thanks, I really do appreciate

  15. Pls kindly help with your whatapp number

    1. Try this number 0803 408 7441

      1. Try this number 0803 408 7441

  16. Please I have an issue with my date of birth on my international passport instead of 1986 it’s carrying 1987. What can I do. Can I swear an affidavit cos it’s expiring in 2023 and go on using it? I need it urgently and don’t have the financial wherewithal to do the reassurance. Thank you sir.

    1. Sorry you have to wait until you have the means. Or wait until it expiration time, and inform them of the mistake. Thanks

  17. Please I just got a new passport following my change of name applicatio n. But I was not given back the old one which was supposed to expire in August. I have my travel history on the old one. Please what can I do

    1. Go back to the passport office and ask for the old one. They are not suppose to hold it. They will cancel it and return it to you.

  18. I want to change my date of birth, it suppose to be 1989. Wrongly dated 1998.

    1. The best thing to do is to take it to the passport office where the mistake was made. But if they did not help, I’m afraid you have to go to Abuja for the change of birth

  19. Hello sir, I want to renew my passport with a name change because my old one carries my maiden name. I heard I need to go to abuja and I reside in Lagos, please how true is this info and can I have it done in Lagos? Thank you in advance . Also how much can it cost me?

    1. With the current directive from their headquarters, it can be done at the state level. If you find it difficult in Lagos area, go to Abeokuta, they do it there.
      You are free to call my number, I may direct you.

  20. Hello sir I just messaged you on your Facebook page. I would like to discuss something with you privately. Thank you

    1. Hello Dammy, You can call me through the phone number on the website.
      Please do not call at night.

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