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NYSC Exemption Certificate Collection and Replacement Details



According to the National Youth Service Corps, below are the requirements for collection or replacement of NYSC exemption certificate. All individuals who meet the requirements below are eligible to request for exemption certificates.

NYSC Exemption Certificate Collection and Replacement Details

Sets of People Who Can Collect NYSC Exemption Certificate

According to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC):

“Those who qualify for the NYSC certificate of exemption are graduates who are above 30 years at the time of graduation or recipients of the National Presidential Honours Award,” she said.

“Persons who have joined the Armed Forces, Police, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Security (DSS) are also issued certificates of exemption.”

“Letters of exclusion are issued to part-time and distance learning students and those who have not been able to pass through the normal university or polytechnic system.”

Also See: How to Print NYSC Call Up Letter

Requirements For NYSC Certificate Of Exemption Collection

Below are the requirements for NYSC Certificate Of Exemption Collection / Replacement. All individuals who meet the requirements are eligible to request for exemption certificates.

In accordance with the National Youth Service Corps Decree 1993 section 2 subsection (1) it is stipulated that;

“With effect from 1st August, 1985, a person shall NOT be called upon to serve in the service corps if, at the date of graduation or obtaining his diploma or other professional qualification” :

  • He is over the age of thirty (30) years
  • He has served in the Armed Forces of the Federation or the Nigeria Police Force for a period of more than nine months; or
  • He is a member of staff of any of the following:
    • The Nigerian Security Organization or
    • The State Security Service, or
    • The National Intelligence Agency or
    • The Defence Intelligence Service
  • He has been conferred with any National Honour.

These categories of persons are therefore exempted from service and issued with the NYSC Certificates of Exemption.

Eligibility Criteria

Nigerian Graduates either home or oversea trained who have the stipulated qualification of (B.SC, B.A or HND) from approved or accredited Institution by (NUC, NTBE or NCCE) are eligible for Exemption Certificate however while foreign trained graduates must submit their Certificates at the Mobilization Department for Evaluation.

Process of Collection of NYSC Exemption Certificate

Home Trained Graduates

The process begins from the Corps Producing Institutions.

  • The tertiary institutions attended. The School submits the master list of their graduates alongside with the Senate approved result to NYSC.
  • A print-out is processed by NYSC classifying those to be called up for service and those to be exempted. This print-out is sent back to the Institutions for verifications and corrections after which they are returned to NYSC as an agreed/corrected document.
  • With the print-out, the Certificates of Exemption are produced, documented and sent back to the Institutions for issuance to the appropriate persons.
  • Please note: Collection of Certificate of Exemption for home trained graduates is only done in the Institution of graduation and not in NYSC office.

Foreign Trained Graduates

  • The process begins with the evaluation of credentials and other related documents i.e. International passport.
  • After the evaluation of credentials the foreign trained graduate is then registered and this is physically done at the NYSC directorate headquarters, Abuja. It is at the point of registration that the classification of who to be called-up or who to be exempted; is determined.
  • Certificates of Exemption are therefore produced for those exempted from service.
  • Such Certificates of Exemption for foreign graduates are to be collected at the NYSC directorate headquarters at the stipulated time communicated.
  • Please note:
    • Collection of Certificate of Exemption is grouped under the three batches of the service year, depending on the date of registration. This equally would be communicated to exempted graduates at the point of registration.
    • Collection of Certificate of Exemption is strictly with identification such as International passport and the bearer MUST BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT.

Corrections and Complaints

Issues of complaints and corrections for home trained graduates are to be routed through the Institutions of graduation. The school then forwards such cases with necessary attachments such as photocopy of print-out to NYSC for the purpose of rectification or further necessary action.

Foreign trained graduates are to submit handwritten application with the attachment of photocopy of International passport –data page and original Certificate of Exemption to be addressed to the Director-General, NYSC NDHQ, Abuja, indicating their address and telephone number.

Process of Replacement of NYSC Exemption Certificate

In the case of loss of Certificate of Exemption, the following steps are to be taken.

Home Trained Graduates

  • A letter of notification/request routed through the Institution of graduation and addressed to the Director-General, NYSC.
  • Police Extract/Report
  • Court Affidavit
  • Where available, a copy of the lost Certificate of Exemption

Foreign Trained Candidates

  • A letter of notification/request addressed to the Director-General, NYSC.
  • Police Extract/Report
  • Court Affidavit
  • Photocopy of International passport
  • Where available, the copy of the lost Certificate of Exemption

It is the policy of the Scheme not to reprint lost or burnt Certificates. Letters of Confirmation are issued instead.

Also See: NYSC Mobilization Timetable for Prospective Corps Members



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2 Comments

  • Jackson Godwin Michael

    Please I want to know if the exemption certificate has been forwarded to institutions so I can go and collect mine. We were not told when to expect or when it will be sent to schools. I registered for exemption in september, I dnt knw where to confirm whether it has been sent to the universities. Thank you.

    1. I doubt it has been sent yet but if you aren’t far from your school, you may still want to go and confirm.