How to Get Reconnaissance Permit or License in Nigeria

Get Reconnaissance Permit or License in Nigeria By Yourself

  • The applicant must visit the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office in person to apply for a Reconnaissance License/Permit from Mines Department.
  • You can find the address and contact details in the contact link.

  • You can visit the office to obtain a Reconnaissance License/Permit application form from the relevant department. Or click here to download application form
  • You should ensure that all documents required by this page are available to you.
  • Please complete the application form. Sign it.
  • Attach all required documents to the application form, and then submit it to the Mining Cadastre Office.
  • Follow the procedure to pay the processing fees.
  • The unique code assigned to your application will allow you to identify it and will also be used for entry in the priority register.
  • The acknowledgement receipt will be also issued to the applicant. The office will then notify the landowners to submit a final consent within seven days of the submission of the application.
  • In the meantime, the applicant will receive notification about any discrepancies in his/her submitted application and be instructed to rectify them.
  • You should do this within five days. Otherwise, the office will cancel your application without refund.
  • After all corrections have been made, the office will verify them and then enter all information into the system. The office will recommend approval.
  • The applicant will be notified when the license can be collected.
  • You must pay the fees within 14 days or your license will be revoked.
  • The applicant will be notified by phone or email when the annual fees have been received to obtain the license.

Documents Required For Get Reconnaissance 

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Copies of CAC2 & CAC7 forms
  • Certificate of registration (in the case of a cooperative society)
  • National I. Copy Individuals: D card/Drivers License
  • Attestation of no conviction for criminal offenses
  • Requirements for payment and proof of payment
  • Evidence of technical competence
    • Curriculum/vitae, credentials and qualifications of a Geoscientist
    • Employment letter
    • Acceptance letter
    • Pay slip for the past three months, or Sworn Affidavit
    • Download for reference: requirements

Find Office Locations and Contacts

Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office,37, Lobito Crescent,
Ademola Adetokunbo Wuse II
Abuja, Nigeria.
Phone: +234 (0)816-410-1937
Website homepage
Contact link

What are all the Eligibility

Any Nigerian organization that wants to participate in Reconnaissance Of Minerlas on an exclusive basis can apply.


For more information on fees, please contact the office.


The permit is valid for one year.

Documents for Use

Application form


  • To avoid rejections, applicants are asked to fill out the application carefully and accurately.
  • All required documents must also be provided.
  • Three copies of the application form must be submitted by the applicant along with any other documents.

Requirements Information

  • The location of the license requested
  • Name and address of applicant
  • State and local government areas
  • Register number
  • The full name and address of each representative
  • Explore minerals
  • Number of payment receipt

You will need the document

A Reconnaissance License/Permit is required for Reconnaissance of Minerals in Nigerian Lands. This includes preliminary surveying and research on minerals on a non-exclusive base.

Information that might be of assistance

  • The holder must not drill, excavate or use other sub-surface methods. They must also conduct activities in an ecologically and socially responsible way and compensate for any damage to crops or property that may occur during prospecting.
  • The permit is valid for one year. It cannot be transferred, but it can be renewed annually.



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