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NIN Registration – How To Apply for National Identification Number

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Get NIN Number in Nigeria from National Identity Management Commission.

Sim cards without NIN registration number will soon be disconnected from all mobile phone networks in Nigeria.

The Federal government through the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC gave telecommunications operators MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile(formally Etisalat) and others a particular period of time to block all SIM cards that are not linked with the National Identity Numbers NIN.

NIN Meaning.

What’s the meaning of NIN? NIN simply means National Identity Numbers. It is a set of numbers assigned to an individual upon successful enrolment with the National Identity Management Commission NIMC. Just the Social Security Number used in the United States of America, the Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you for life. It is used to match you with your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.

Is Nin the same as national ID card?

It is important to note that the 11-digit National Identification Number (NIN) is not the same thing as the National ID Card. The difference between NIN and National ID Card (now referred to as National e-ID Card) is that after the important 11-digit NIN has been obtained by an individual, a card comes next as an additional token. The National Electronic Identity Card (e-ID card) is a chip based card with multiple functions. The card is a token given upon successful enrolment or registration into the National Identity System.

Unlike the National Identification Number (NIN) which is assignable to all Nigerians and Legal Residents without any age restrictions, the National e-ID Card can only be issued to Nigerians registered into the National Identity System and Legal Residents who have attained the age of 16 years and above.

What Is NIN Used For?

What is the use of NIN? Do I need NIN for international passport? The NIN is set to be used for all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification so you’ll be using your NIN for the following;

  • obtaining your National e-ID card
  • travel (international passport application & acquisition)
  • opening personal bank accounts
  • getting your driver’s license
  • obtaining your Permanent Voters’ Card
  • participating in the National Health Insurance Scheme
  • payment of your taxes
  • transactions related to your contributory pension scheme
  • access to welfare and other relevant services from the Nigerian Government
  • transactions with social security implications
  • land transactions subject to the Land Use Act
  • any other transactions NIMC may so prescribe and list in the Federal Government Gazette.

NIMC is engaged in harmonization and integration of data with various agencies across Nigeria who deal with the various services above to ensure smooth coordination of activities.

How To Register for NIN National Identification Number.

Where can i do my national id card? Can I get my NIN online? Yes, a part of the nin enrolment can be done online via the NIMC Pre-Enrolment portal website but the complete registration will done by an Enrolment Officer at any NIMC Enrolment Centre.

Follow the steps below to register for NIN and obtain National Identification Number.

  1. Step 1: Applicant visits NIMC website to access the Pre-Enrolment Portal: and the online Enrolment Form.
  2. Step 2: Applicant fills the Enrolment Form online, prints out a summary sheet with a 2D Barcode and heads to any NIMC Enrolment Centre.
  3. Step 3: Applicant verifies and confirms the enrolment data on the system.
  4. Step 4: Applicant has his/her headshot photograph, fingerprints and signature captured.
  5. Step 5: Applicant has his/her supporting documents scanned.
  6. Step 6: Applicant’s enrolment is acknowledged; two slips are generated and given to the applicant: (a) Transaction Slip (b) NIN Slip indicating completion of enrolment.


How to Enrol (Adults)

This is the enrolment of every Nigerian and Legal Resident from the age of 16 years and above. Those below the age of 16 years have to be enrolled as minors using this guide.

Supporting Documents For Adults.

Walk into the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre with your BVN if you have one and any of the following required Original and Valid supporting documents:

  1. Old National ID Card
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  4. Nigerian International passport
  5. Certificate of Origin
  6. Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  7. Birth certificate
  8. Declaration of age
  9. Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  10. NHIS ID card
  11. Government staff ID card
  12. Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  13. School ID Card (private/public)
  14. Tax Clearance certificate
  15. Valid immigration documents

Process for capturing applicants of 16 years and above (Adult Enrolment):

  • Applicant walks into the enrolment Centre with a supporting document.
  • Applicant will be verified to ascertain if he/she has ever enrolled using the NIN verification portal.
  • Applicant will be issued an enrolment form to fill if he/she has not enrolled before. OR the printed Barcode slip will be collected if the applicant had pre-enrolled earlier using the pre-enrolment service.
  • Applicant’s forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the information filled on the form against the supporting document provided and to check for errors/mistake filled on the form. Note: applicants who cannot read nor write should be accompanied by a literate individual who can do the form filling for him/her.
  • Applicant’s pre-filled information will be inputted on the NIMC Software by a NIMC enrolment officer or the Barcode slip will be scanned by the NIMC enrolment officer to populate all the required field.
  • The enrolment officer will ask the applicant to double check his/her information for errors using the applicant monitor.
  • If the applicant is satisfied with his/her demographic information, the biometrics (ten finger prints and facial image) of the applicant will be capture subsequently.
  • After completing the enrolment, a Transaction ID Slip will be issued to the applicant as an evidence of the transaction. However, the Transaction slip does not confer the right to National Identification Number. The applicant will be requested to come back for the NIN within 1-5 working days, as it is subjected to availability of network, authentication and verification.
  • A National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is issued to the applicants after processing.
  • The National e-ID Card will be Issued to applicant within 12months after Issuance of NIN barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Can Nimc be done twice?

Enrolment for the NIN is once in a lifetime. Once you enrol and your National Identification Number (NIN) is presented to you, the Automated Biometric Information System (ABIS) will store all your information supplied. Any attempt to enrol again by the same person will be detected and this a punishable offence. Therefore, enrol only once, do not enrol more than once. If you forgot and wish to retrieve your nin number, there are laid down procedures to do that.

How can I reprint my NIN slip?

I lost my NIN Slip, how can I obtain another one? If you have lost your NIN slip and wish to reprint it, you will need to pay a token of N500 through REMITA at any bank nearest to you; provide your Remita Teller to any NIMC Enrolment Centre (ERC) near you and request for a NIN slip print.

When is NIN registration closing?

Is nimc registration still on?  when will nimc reopen?
NIN registration is a continuos non stop service offered by NIMC. The National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC), has pledged to scale up enrolment and issuance of the unique National Identification Numbers (NIN) and to make to whole process faster and less stressful for the citizens.

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