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Nigeria Police Clearance Certificate – All you need to know


Nigeria Police Clearance Certificate – All you need to know

Why do you need a police clearance certificate?

Police character clearance is done to check whether an applicant has criminal record.

This document is to guaranty the host country that you are not wanted by law in the country you are coming from.

How much does it cost to obtain a Nigerian police clearance certificate.

The fees for Nigerian police clearance certificate varies on a case by case basis. Please call our office to speak with our staff for proper guidance.

What materials do you need to apply for Nigerian police clearance certificate?


If you plan to go to the Force CID headquarters in person you will need the following:

  • Application form
  • Valid citizen proof with photo (respective ID’s issued by respective nation).
  • Email ID (useful to communicate issues with respect to your application)
  • A self-addressed envelope with or without stamps (as required).
  • Valid contact number (applicant can be communicated)
  • Passport-size photos.
  • Birth certificate (as per requirement).
  • Full set of fingerprints taken by the police in your country of current residence.


To successfully fill your form offsite via our proxy, you would need the following

  1. A passport photograph of the applicant
  2. A BLUE or BLACK pen for writing
  3. Black ink (for finger print)
  4. Print out of the form (2 pages) NB in portrait mode.

Complete the Page 1 and top of page 2 ONLY using BLUE or BLACK pen (use your current address, not your Nigeria address [except you are applying from Nigeria]), the following are the field to complete;

(example – Anthony Joshua) – Remember to write your name on page 2 also.
Address: (example – 123E Paul Demola Street, Kuje, Abuja, Nigeria ) {Must be your current address}
Tribe: (Black African) (If you are a black Nigerian, this is the only acceptable entry)
Place of Birth: (example – Lagos, Nigeria)
Year of Birth: (example – 1900)
Attach Passport photo: (Your passport photo)
Sign: (Your Signature)

FINGER PRINTS side [page 2]: Using a black ink, print your fingers both left and right fingers in box required,
Print your full finger not just the tip (from the tip of your finger to the crease of the first joint), so that it appear like sugar-cane

Below is a video guide on how to fill the form correctly.

Download the Nigerian Police clearance application form below

Which Police department is responsible for issuing Nigerian police clearance certificates?

The Nigerian police clearance certificate is usually processed at Central Criminal Registry Force C.I.D. Annex Alagbon Close Ikoyi LagosNigeria.

Direction to Criminal registry Office, Alagbon, Lagos:

If you are within Lagos and want to know how to get to alagbon police station, board a commercial bus going to Obalende, from there ask for further direction, it is not far from Obalende motor park. If it were when Okara were operating within that area, you could easily pick a bike to drop you at Central Criminal Registry Force C.I.D., Ikoyi.

If you are coming from other states like Oyo, you can get Obalende bus at Berger bus stop (you don’t even need to stress yourself coming to Lagos again).

Step 1:

At the criminal registry office, Alagbon, Lagos, or other state command headquarters, tell the officer in charge you want to get “Police Character Clearance certificate” you will be directed to the appropriate office.

Step 2:

Pay the charge fee, and collect the application form. You can fill with either black or blue pen, and attach your passport photograph.

Note: Ask for guide if you don’t know how to fill it. It could take some hours before your cert. is ready, depending on the number of applicants on ground. Also, it could take some minutes for the forensic officer to analyse and run full check on your fingerprints and details you submitted.

Step 3:

Collect your certificate. That’s all! If you applied at the criminal registry in Lagos, you can get it within a day, but it could take some days if you applied at the state command office or from outside Nigeria (we will tell you why in later part of this guide).

To get it from other state, visit Nigeria Police Command in your state capital (check method 2 below to obtain it from your state).

Find here an embedded map to help you find your way to get to Alagbon police station.

How long does it take to get your police clearance certificate?

Typically if you choose to apply for your police clearance certificate via our office, it would take about 7 days. However if you chose to travel to Lagos to apply in person it might take up to 14 days.

Does the Nigerian Police Clearance expire?

As a general rule, the nigerian police clearance certificate can be used for a duration of six (6) months from issuance. Please note that a police clearance certificate does not contain details pertaining to validity; it is only issued with a date stamp. However, different countries place different validities on such documents, therefore its advised to use it as soon as possible, preferably within 6 months of issuance.



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