FAQs: About the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency

What Does Lassra Stand For?

LASRRA stands for Lagos State Residents Registration Agency and it was established in 2011 by an enactment of State law, by which it was fully empowered to implement a Residents database and identification card program for Lagos State.


What Are The Goals Of Lasrra

  • To establish a reliable and updateable database of all residents of Lagos State, to provide useful information for social, political, business and financial activities.
  • To create and document a unique means of identification of Lagos State residents.
  • To provide a highly secured identification card for all residents of the State and remove the veil of anonymity from every citizen of the state.

What Is The Residents Register

The Residents Register is an electronic database, currently being developed by the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA). It is to contain demographic information of residents of Lagos State.

The Residents Register is a governmental, centralized, trustworthy and comprehensive source of information that would assist the State Government with decision-making process and allocation of resources as it contains important and vital information about the residents of the State.


What Is The Lagos State Residency Card?

The residency card is a means of authenticating and identifying persons that reside in the State which the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency undertakes to issue to all residents of Lagos State.

It contains a unique reference number (residency number) that links every individual to his/her own personal and biological data. The residency number serves as a reference for the respective individual in his/her identity-proved transactions with government bodies.


How Much Does The Residency Card Cost?

There residency card is produced and issued FREE of charge to all residents. Neither is there a cost to register.


Why Are My Fingerprints Required For Registration?

Biometrics simplifies identity verification. A challenge for residents, particularly the underprivileged, is the lack of documentation to establish their identity. Once these residents enrol for an identity number linked to their biometrics, they can subsequently prove their identity multiple times, anywhere in the State by providing their demographic details or biometric scan.


What Are The Biometric That Will Be Captured By Lasrra

LASRRA has mandated the capture of ten (10) fingerprints, signature and face image as a part of the registration process.


What Is The Importance Of The Card?

The Residency card is a safe and precise means of personal authentication and identification. It would aim to make it easier for the card holder to obtain all governmental and non-governmental services in the future. Among the most important benefits and features of the card are enhanced sense of belonging, protection of identity, ease and convenience and providing an integral database.


Is It Possible To Use The Residency Card As A Travel Document?

The Residency card is issued by the government of Lagos State and is a State utility tool for use within Lagos State only.


Is The Registration Mandatory?

If you currently reside in the State, you are required to register. If you are taking up residence in the State and intend to be resident for more than 6 months, you are also required to register. Anyone who wishes to access the services provided by Lagos State Government for its residents will be asked to authenticate their residency and identity.


Who Can Register?

Registration is open to all irrespective of age, race, ethnic origin; religious affiliation or nationality as long as the person currently resides in Lagos State.


What Do I Need To Register?

"To register, you must meet the following conditions regardless of the mode of registration."

  1. All applicants are required to provide proof of residence in the State (address verification). Evidence of residency must be taken to the registration station where biometric information will be captured. Utility Bill of current place of residence (PHCN, rent receipt / agreement, Water Bill, Refuse Disposal bill etc.)
  2. Proof of Identification

AND any one of the following

  • International Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Employee ID card must have address/logo of employer
  • National ID card
  • National Driver's License
  • Student ID card
  • Tax Card or receipt
  • Letter of Identification from Parent/CDA/Household or registered association or organization
All proofs of residency and means of identification presented must be valid at time of registration. The Registration Officer will retain a copy of all items presented. Please bring originals and copies.

Can I Be Exempt From Registering?

You are only exempted if you do not reside in Lagos State.


Will This Registration Process Include Illegal Migrants And Visitors (With Or Without Permits To Stay) To Nigeria?

The decision on the legal status of anyone in the State is the role of Federal and or State Government Departments and not the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency.


How Do I Register?

There are 2 modes of registration:

  1. You can register on-line via the Internet or
  2. By attending a registration point located near you. Registration points will be located across the State

When you register online, a unique online ID is generated on a confirmation page. This should be printed and taken along with any of the registration requirements to the nearest or most convenient registration station, where the residents biometric data will be captured.


I Have Domestic Staff -- Can They Register?

If you have domestic staff that reside at your address, they are entitled to register. Evidence of residency to be provided should be in the form of a notarised rent receipt or utility bill of their employer. This applies to all domestic staff regardless of nationality like house helps, cooks, maids, drivers etc.


I Am In The Hospital On Admission -- When Can I Register?

Those individuals currently on admission within medical institutions are exempted from registration until such time when they have been discharged from the said medical institution. The registration team will not be required to visit these institutions to register residents

Who Will Have Access To The Registration Database? How Will The Security Of The Database Be Ensured?

The Registration database will be guarded both physically and electronically by a few select individuals with high level clearance. The data itself is encrypted and only decrypted at the point of processing. Detail audits logs will be generated and maintained of all access to the system.


Registration Of Children?

Persons age 15 years and under will be registered, but are not required to attend a registration point for their details to be captured. Their care giver (Parents, guardians etc.) can register them online or directly at a registration station. However the person registering them must 18 years or older.

Children can be registered online; however, the registration is only complete when a copy of their birth certificate, 2 (two) passport photo of the child and a copy of the registration card of the person registering them is taken to a registration station for a registration receipt


Will The Biometrics Of Children Be Captured?

The biometric data of persons aged of 15 years and under will not be captured until they reach the age of 16 years these are considered unstable until after puberty. But a unique identifier will be assigned to each child, which will link their registration to their parents/guardians/main registrant.


How Will The Biometric Of The Differently-Abled And People With No Finger Prints Or People With No Fingers Be Captured?

The registration policy takes into consideration these exceptions and the biometric standards prescribed will ensure that these groups are not excluded. The capture solution includes facial recognition software, which will allow for facial identification to be possible.


I Do Not Have An Address -- How Do I Register?

To be eligible to register, you must be able to provide a valid and verifiable address.


Once I Register, How Long Before I Get My Residency Card?

A temporary registration card will be issued at the time of registration to all registrants. This will be valid for 12 months. Within 12 months of registration, the permanent residency card will be printed and delivered to the LG/LCDA of the place of residence of the registrants for collection.

After registration, quality checks are done followed by correction processes (where required). The data is then sent to the database, where the data undergoes various stages of screening and validations. This ensures that the source of data is authenticated ensuring that no duplicate exists. After which, the resident unique identification number is generated.

In case of any errors, the record goes on hold for further enquiry. Corrective actions are taken on such as contacting the applicant via the contact information given. This may take over 5 weeks to resolve.


What If A Resident Misplaces His/Her Registration Or Residency Card?

Lost and stolen cards must be reported promptly to the nearest registration office or LASRRA HQ via the helpdesk. However whilst the first residency card is provided free of charge, subsequent cards may be replaced at a charge.


What Can The Resident Do If There Are Spelling Mistakes / Other Demographic Error In His/Her Residency Card?

During registration, even when the data is entered, the resident can see the data entry and is expected to point out errors at this stage. In the event that this opportunity is missed, upon receiving the permanent card, the mistake should be pointed out immediately to the registration officer at the point of collection and the residency card will be collected for amendment. Replacement cards should be ready in 10-15 working days.


What Is The Difference Between The National Id Card And The Lagos State Residency Card?

The Lagos State Residency card is primarily designed for the administration of the services the Lagos State Government provides for the people that reside in the State. Its objective is to efficiently allocate resources to meet the needs of the people. The residency card is to be issued to all those that reside in the State irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender, nationality or religious affiliation as they reside in the State.


Some People Would Want To Have An Extra Card After The First Registration, How Would You Know If They Register Twice?

The registration exercise includes the capture of biometric data -- all ten fingerprints, digital facial image and signature. Before the permanent cards are issued, a process called de-duplication will be carried out to ensure that only one card will be issued irrespective of the number of times a person registers. Also the LASRRA law is to be amended making it a criminal offense to register more than once.


How Will You Marry The Number Generated By Registering On Line Vis A Vis The Registration In The Office Or Centers?

The Agency is deploying a very robust IT infrastructure from the world leader in biometrics NEC. This system includes a data aggregation component that will marry all registration records using the unique registration number automatically generated by the system. This will link online and direct registration records to their corresponding biometrics, similar to what is done in countries like the USA, UK, India and South Africa.


Can Our Children Abroad Register Online Using The Internet?

Persons aged 0 to 15 years are considered children in this registration exercise and must be registered by someone over the age of 21 years. Persons aged 16 years and above can register themselves and this can be done via the Internet, but they must attend a registration station in the State for their biometric data to be captured.


Will The Information Recorded Be Contrasted With That Recorded In The National Identity Commission Database? Will Updates In The Latter Be Reflected In The Former?

The National Identity commission database is a separate entity to the Lagos State Residents Register, each collected for specific purpose.


What Is The Difference Between The National Id And Lasrra Card, Can We Do One And Leave The Other Or Both?

The National ID card registers persons from ages 16 years and above, while the LASRRA card registers all persons irrespective of age. You can register for both.


Some Streets And Resident Are Far Away From The Lg. How Will It Be Convenient And Make The Registration Accessible To Those Streets?

LASRRA has mobile teams that will move from one area to another.


There Are Details Of Requirements For Registration, How Do We Meet Up To This Situation Of Domestic Staff, Who Has No Driver'S License Or Any Other Id?

Employers of domestic staff can register their staff by providing them with a notarized copy of the household utility bill or rent receipt or can bring them along when completing their own registration. This only applies to those staff that resides within the household.


How Do We Receive The Residency Card?

Using the contact details provided at the time of registration, all those that have registered and their cards are ready for collection, will be notified by SMS to collect their cards at the LASRRA HQ, LG/LCDA office nearest their place of residents.


How Do You Up-Date The Database With Cases Of People Relocating From One Place In Lagos To Another And Cases Of Death?

People must be responsible for the own data and it is their responsibility to ensure that their data is up to date. If not, when accessing government services and there are discrepancies they will be sent back to update their data.


Can Registration Confer State Of Origin Status On Any Resident Born In Lagos State?

No, the registration exercise does not confer any status other than that the card holder at the time of registration resided in the state.


For A Change Of Previous Address, Do You Need A New Registration?

You do not need to re-register when you change your address, merely inform your nearest registration station with supporting evidence of your new address and your record on the data base will be updated.