The Offshore Safety Permit (OSP) is issued by the DPR for travelling by boat, ship or helicopter to offshore/swamp facilities, ship to ship transfer, oil and gas platforms, rigs, work barges, marine vessels, workboats operated and owned by contractors in the oil and gas industry.

It is a Personnel Accountability System (PAS) designed by the Department for Petroleum Resources for tracking personnel working in offshore and onshore locations, managing installations owned and operated by contractors in the oil and gas industry.

The Department of Petroleum Resources is responsible for the issuance, establishment and management of OSP in Nigeria. 

To obtain an OSP, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must have a valid offshore medical certificate of fitness from a government-approved medical clinic to show fitness to travel to an offshore environment.
  • The applicant must have completed the mandatory internationally recognized HSE training as stipulated and approved by DPR.
  • Non-Nigerians working offshore must own a valid work permit visa. A visiting visa is not allowed.
  • Payment of the prescribed application fee of $680 (Six Hundred and Eighty Dollars).

The following documents are to be attached to the application.

  • The company’s profile
  • Applicant valid medical certificate of fitness from a government-approved medical clinic or hospital.
  • Work permit visa and company expatriate quota approval for non-Nigerian citizens.

Fee for application

The applicant is to make a one-off payment of $680 (Six Hundred and Eighty Dollars) official fee for the first year initial registration on the platform and a subscription fee of $135 (One Hundred and Thirty-Five Dollars) for the renewal of the Offshore Safety Permit.

Application for the Offshore Safety Permit under the Specialized Category

Application for an Offshore Safety Permit (OSP) is also made under the specialized category of the OGISP.  Under this category, the applicant is required to possess relevant technical skills and pay a statutory registration fee of N250, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and a processing fee of N7, 500 (Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira)

Documents required to be attached in processing the OSP under Specialized Category

  • Certificate of Incorporation of the Applicant company
  • A certified true copy of the memorandum and article of association of the company
  • A certified true copy of CAC Form 2, Form 2.1 and Form 7
  • Current Tax Clearance Certificate for the company issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)
  • Employee Compensation Scheme (Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund- NSITF Current Receipt of payment)
  • List of equipment available to the company

Procedure for the application

  • Applications are made online on the DPR Portal
  • The online application shall be completed accompanying with the following information
  • The company’s profile (Brochure)
  • Comprehensive staff list
  • The list of approved expatriate quota positions and their Nigerian understudies if any.
  • Proposed training programme for the Nigerian staff for the current year
  • Registration by any relevant professional body if any
  • Health, safety, environment and community (HSE) if any.
  • The information regarding the current medical certificate retainership agreement with any hospital located in the company’s operational location.
  • Attach the applicable documents in pdf format as listed above
  • Submit your application.
  • The permit (Card) is collected at the Department.


The Offshore Safety Permit is given to personnel of a company through the company’s application after a list has been prepared of all offshore personnel in accordance with the OSP application form.

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