A lot of people wish they knew how to go about the NYSC Exemption letter for one reason or the other. Below are the requirements for collection/replacement of the certificate of exemption as you read on.

NYSC Exemption Letter

NYSC Exemption Letter

In accordance with the National Youth Service Corps Decree 1993, section 2 subsection (1) stipulates that:

“From 1st August 1985, a person shall not be required to serve in the service corps if, at the date of graduation or obtaining his diploma or other professional qualification“:

1. He is over the age of thirty (30) years.

2. He has served in the Armed Forces of the Federation or the Nigeria Police Force for a period of more than nine months.

3. He is a member of staff of any of the following:

4. The Nigerian Security Organization

5. The State Security Service

6. The National Intelligence Agency

7. The Defence Intelligence Service

8. He has been conferred with any National Honour.

Individuals falling into these categories are exempted from service and are issued with Certificates of Exemption.



Nigerian graduates, whether trained at home or overseas, who hold the qualifications of a B.Sc, B.A, or HND from institutions approved or accredited by the NUC, NTBE, or NCCE, are eligible for an Exemption Certificate.

However, foreign-trained graduates must submit their certificates to the Mobilization Department for evaluation.

Process of Collection of Certificate of Exemption

For Home Trained Graduates

The process begins at the Corps Producing Institutions. The tertiary institutions provide NYSC with a master list of their graduates, along with the Senate-approved results.

NYSC processes a print-out classifying those to be called up for service and those to be exempted. This print-out is sent back to the institutions for verification and corrections, after which it is returned to NYSC as an agreed/corrected document.

Using this print-out, Certificates of Exemption are produced, documented, and sent back to the institutions for issuance to the appropriate individuals.

Please note: Home-trained graduates can only collect their Certificate of Exemption from their institution of graduation, not from the NYSC office.

For Foreign Trained Graduates

The process begins with the evaluation of credentials and other related documents, such as the International passport. After the evaluation, the foreign-trained graduate is registered, which is done in person at the NYSC directorate headquarters in Abuja. It is during this registration that the decision is made regarding who will be called up for service and who will be exempted.

Certificates of Exemption are then produced for those who are exempted from service. These certificates are to be collected at the NYSC directorate headquarters at the communicated time.

The collection of Certificates of Exemption is organized into three batches based on the service year, depending on the registration date. This information will also be communicated to exempted graduates during the registration process.


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