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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: Limited Resumption of Services
September 21, 2020

Passport Renewals:  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate in Lagos will begin opening limited appointments for passport renewals only beginning October 5, 2020. Please note that we are unable to accept first-time passport applications at this time.  Safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority.

At this time and until further notice, passport appointments will only be available to applicants with a passport expired within the last 12 months or to applicants who have proof of immediate travel plans (travel itinerary required).  We will not be able to accommodate applicants who do not meet these conditions.

Applicants with incomplete applications will be turned away –  please do not schedule an appointment until you have all the required documents.  Come prepared to your appointment with all documents including:

  • Previous U.S. Passport and (1) photocopy or form DS-64 to report your previous passport lost or stolen
  • A passport application with scannable barcode, completed using the passport wizard, printed, and unsigned.  This is the only type of form that we can accept.
  • One (1) 2×2 inch passport photo (view passport photo requirements here)
  • U.S. issued government Identification Document (ID) or Nigerian passport and (1) photocopy
  • Appropriate passport fees in U.S. dollars or Nigerian Naira (cash only)

For minor applicants, please also provide:

  • Valid U.S. government issued ID or Nigerian passport for each parent and (1) photocopy
  • Original birth certificate of child/children and (1) photocopy
  • Growing up photos if the child’s appearance has significantly changed since the last passport
  • An original DS-3053 notarized by U.S. notary if one parent is unable to appear
  • Original Death certificate if one parent is deceased and (1) photocopy

Passport applications with court orders and custody documents will be handled on a case by case basis.  If your child’s application includes a custody order, please email LagosACS@state.gov or AbujaACS@state.gov for further guidance.  In your email, include your child’s name, date of birth, type of service requested (passport renewal), and indicate if this is the first time you are using the court order with a passport application.

To schedule an appointment for passport renewal, please visit the appropriate website for Lagos or Abuja.  Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notary Services:  At this time we will only notarize signatures on the DS 3053 Statement of Consent for the Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16.  We are not able to facilitate any other types of notarial services.

Consular Record of Birth Abroad (CRBA):  At this time we are unable to offer appointments for this service, but plan to resume this service as soon as possible.  In the meantime, applicants seeking CRBA services should review our CRBA web site carefully to ensure that all documentation is in order.  Missing documents or forms that are filled out incorrectly will cause delays once CRBA services resume.

Please note that all visitors to the Embassy and Consulate are subject to security screening.  Anyone entering the security perimeter is required to wear a face mask.  People with symptoms of COVID19 will be prohibited from entering.

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