How to Get Birth Certificate in Nigeria: Process, Cost, Where to Obtain it

How to get birth certificate in Nigeria

How to get birth certificate in Nigeria –
The process of obtaining your birth certificate in Nigeria –
The cost of getting your birth certificate in Nigeria –
Details on where to obtain birth certificate in Nigeria
You must have known the uses of birth certificate by now, but for the sake of those who doesn’t really know the use, birth certificate is an official document that is used as evidence or record of a person birth of a nationality.

How to get birth certificate in Nigeria


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Original birth certificate carries a person Local Government Area (LGA), The date which the person was giving birth to, the persons state of birth, Place of birth and some other sensitive relevant information about a person.

We all definitely need birth certificate document to be presented at different activities of our lives especially involving in some government related things, it definitely going to be required at a stage of life, So many reason might prompt someone to go for his/her birth certificate.

It’s not really as deficult to get as some people might be thinking, the fact remain that the process of getting your birth certificate can be done in just 1 day, and that is what i am going to show you on this article.

Many Nigerians was given birth in some rural areas where no medical care record was taken which lead to not having birth certificate at all, some have the birth certificate but have acquired change in name which required them to have another valid birth certificate, some have it but lost it along the line and need to acquire another birth certificate document.

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How to Get Birth Certificate in Nigeria

The right way of obtaining birth certificate is by acquiring it directly from the National Population Cimmission. The NPC is located in almost all local governments of Nigeria.

It is the National Population Commission responsibility to collect, collate, analyse, and disseminate population census and survey data at all levels that contribute to policy formulation and population activity coordination in Nigeria. NPC is in partnership with UNICEF to register and give free birth certificates to people under 18 years of age. All embassies both in Nigeria and abroad recognize and accept the (NPC).

The Commission was reconstituted in 2011 with a Chairman and 37 members representing each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. According to the National Population Commission they have network of offices that is covering all the administrative tiers in Federal, State and Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nigeria, this means you can obtain your birth certificate in any part of Nigeria.


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Before now nation population commission only provide birth certificate to people under the age of 18 years, Adults over the age of 18 can only obtain an attestation letter – A “legal document issued to back up the Age Declaration Affidavit of an individual over 18 years of age” but it not like that any more in some local Government areas, the national commission now allow Nigerians of any age to obtain their birth certificate easily.

Process of Obtaining Birth Certificate

Go to your state local government secretariat and ask for National commission agency operating there. If the National Population Commission (NPC) operate in that Local government, you will be giving the birth certificate form to fill and completely. The form cost N100 and the birth certificate cost N2500 at the time of writing this article. Note that this price is subjected to review at any time.

Fill the form and submit it, in some cases you would be subjected to go to the court to acquire Age Declaration Affidavit, this can be done by visiting any court nearby. After that the national population commission will issue you the birth certificate.

Note in some cases Adults over the age of 18 can only obtain an attestation letter, the attestation letter is a legal document that is issued to back up the Age Declaration Affidavit, in order for adult to obtain an attestation letter, the adult must go to the High Court of Justice to make a declaration of age, referred to as a “sworn age declaration affidavit”.

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To enhance some little guild in making it ease for you, let me quickly throw more high-lite on this process. At the High Court of Justice, the applicant will be asked to fill a form, which will ask the applicant date of birth, family, place of birth etc., as well as a statement saying that, at the time of his or her birth, the NPC did not exist. With the currently Nigeria high court improvement, it takes just few hours to get a stamped declaration of age from the Nigeria High Court of Justice.

After obtaining the declaration of age, the applicant can then go to any of the 774 local government area of Nigeria that the NPC is established to obtain an attestation letter.
The current fee for this is N2,000.

This is the complete process how you can get birth certificate in Nigeria

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  • Your in formation was helpful. thank you..

    Mark September 26, 2016 10:49 pm Reply
  • Please cross check your spellings and grammer

    Amara October 25, 2016 5:45 pm Reply
    • What has the spellings got to do with the msg.? For all I know, A msg is complete only if the receiver undersatands it. This was really helpful. Thanks@ O.P.

      Osas April 3, 2018 2:50 pm Reply
  • Please Sir / Ma, l’m one of the Nigeria Citizens, l never had Birth Certificate.
    Throughout my Schooling / Childhood, l always write Birth Date (April 10th, 1967)based on the information of one of my friends : Modupeola Odukoya (May her Soul Rest ln Peace ).The Father of my Children( Ayuba Adewale Saliu ) processed my Nigeria Passport to travelled abroad with April 1st,1964 and l’m sure he doesn’t know my date of birth.
    Currently reside in United States of America, have lmmigration cases pending with USCIS and Birth Certificate as part of documents .
    Moreover, l travelled to United States of America with the last name of the Father of my Children (Saliu ), we have Children together but not married.

    Please Sir / Ma, l need help to apply for Nigeria Birth Certificate.
    The followings are my contact information :
    Gbemisola Saliu,
    Name at birth : Gbeminiyi Ogunbowale

    Address :
    615, East 104th Street,
    Unit #106, Brooklyn,

    Phone : 347 922 3829

    Email addresses :

    Please Sir / Ma , any further information will be provide and any assistance render to obtain my Birth Certificate will truly be appreciate. Thanks

    Gbemisola Saliu,
    Name at birth :
    Gbeminiyi Ogunbowale.

    Gbemisola Saliu January 14, 2017 10:37 am Reply
  • morning my name is lotanna uyammadu and i need my birth certificate including my father and two elder brothers their names mr ike uyammadu, chuka uyammadu and nonso uyammadu. They got lost when we were kids that is 20-25yrs ago.

    Lotanna uyammadu February 25, 2017 3:01 pm Reply
  • What is d RR pin one needs to get a birth certificate with d NPC.

    tope June 11, 2017 6:51 pm Reply
  • i seriously need dix birth certificate Joyce frm Apa local govt Benue state

    JOYCE October 5, 2017 7:44 pm Reply
  • Please I need description or what account number someone is going to pay to in the bank for National population commission

    Alao Femi November 1, 2017 3:03 pm Reply
  • Why is the price not uniform?

    Alpha Ken November 17, 2017 12:03 am Reply
  • more so, after going true d process of getting a birth certificate one need to go to his chief local government 4 recongnition, if am nt mistaking. My question is, is it d person state of origin or place of birth

    john alao January 5, 2018 6:16 am Reply
  • I Need The Local Government Certificate Of Origin Of Nigeria But I’m Not In My State..Pls Sir How Will I Do It?

    Cock Simeon January 13, 2018 12:06 am Reply
    • I Don’t Knw If I Can Do It In Another State

      Cock Simeon January 13, 2018 12:09 am Reply
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    Cock Simeon January 13, 2018 12:12 am Reply
  • Hi

    Is there anyway an applicant can pick up a Nigerian birth certificate without travelling to Nigeria? Can I get someone to pick the certificate up for me?

    Billy Gardner February 6, 2018 10:34 pm Reply
    • Yes. Recently my sister did her birth certificate from hospital. This to say you can gt birth certificate from any qualified hospital. The cost is N900, you can check on General hospital.

      Note: Real birth certificate has code.

      serome serome February 7, 2018 6:43 am Reply
      • Hi serome

        Thanks for the reply. Does this process still require the individual to travel to Nigeria? Can a friend go to the hospital and pick up the birth certificate?

        Billy February 7, 2018 10:42 am Reply
        • I will help you to find out.

          serome serome February 7, 2018 11:07 am Reply
    • yes.

      Need Local govt certificate of birth contact me

      email: or call +2349077178788

      ELVIS OGBEDA June 19, 2018 7:20 am Reply
      • Need Local govt certificate of birth contact me

        Thanks email: or call +2349077178788

        ELVIS June 19, 2018 7:59 am Reply
  • Sir Can’ I Sworn the affivit in state that I reside though am from Rivers State Nigeria

    Ify March 14, 2018 3:50 pm Reply
  • Can I get my birth certificate at another state cause I reside in suleja but am from edo state.

    salisu muhammed April 5, 2018 2:38 pm Reply

    MAYA BHOJWANI April 26, 2018 1:15 pm Reply
  • I need my birth certificate, can i apply for it in any states local government if not in my birth state local government. Please i need help urgently

    MAXIMILLIAN OJIMBA August 29, 2018 7:06 am Reply

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