How to Get a Police Certificate - Nigeria

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Police Character Certificate

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Nigeria:

If you live in Nigeria:

You should apply in person to the Central Criminal Registry (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). You must bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Applicable fees

If you live outside of Nigeria:

You should apply by mail to the Commissioner of Police (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). You must send:

  • A pre-paid return courier envelope
  • A copy of your passport
  • A set of fingerprints taken and certified by a recognized police authority or the Nigerian embassy or consulate
  • An international money order payable to the Nigerian Police Force, CID

Note: Police certificates can be certified at your nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate for a fee.

If you are not a citizen of Nigeria:

If you live in Nigeria:

You should apply in person to the Central Criminal Registry (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). You must bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Applicable fees

If you live outside of Nigeria:

You should apply by mail to the Commissioner of Police (see Special notes and considerations for complete address). You must send:

  • A pre-paid return courier envelope
  • A copy of your passport
  • A set of fingerprints taken and certified by a recognized police authority or the Nigerian embassy or consulate
  • An international money order payable to the Nigerian Police Force, CID

Note: Police certificates can be certified at your nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate for a fee.

Information and documents you need:

  • Please see above for specifics

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate for Express Entry? 

Yes. If you are Invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence, you need to upload a police certificate in your Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). Please follow the instructions above to get your police certificate.

NOTE: We will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

Central Criminal Registry Force C.I.D. Annex
Alagbon Close Ikoyi
Lagos, Nigeria


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