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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: RESUMPTION OF CRBA SERVICES
November 4, 2020

Location:  Nigeria
Date:  November 4, 2020
Event:  Resumption of CRBA Services

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will resume accepting applications for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) on Monday, November 16.  Please see below for details on the status of CRBA, passport, and notary services.  As we work to resume services, safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority.  

Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA):  Applicants seeking CRBA services should review our website carefully to ensure that all documentation is in order.  Missing documents or forms that are filled out incorrectly will cause delays in application processing.  The website includes information on how to request a CRBA appointment when the application is ready.

Passport Renewals:  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos resumed passport renewals on October 5.  We are now accepting all passport applications.

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 can 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 at this time.

To schedule a notarial appointment for a DS 3053, please visit the appropriate website for Lagos or Abuja.  Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area
+234 (9) 461-4000 during business hours; after hours press zero (0)

U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
+234 (1) 460-3400 during business hours and after hours

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Nigeria Country Information

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