The National Identity Number (NIN) is a set of numbers selected for a person upon successful registration. The registration comprises of the recording of someone’s data and capture of the ten fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, and digital signature, which are all tried to cross-check existing data in the National Identity Database to verify that there is no prior entry of the similar data.
How to Check National Identification Number
Forgotten your national identity number (NIN)? Don’t recall where you hid your NIN slip? Not to worry, NIMC’s USSD service facilitates you to regain your NIN conveniently using your mobile phone.
To use this service, completely go through the following steps:
from the choices displayed, select national identity number“NIN Retrieval”, by typing in ‘1’, if you are using the exact phone number you revisited with for you
follow the steps displayed on your screen and contribute the required information
note that using this service attracts a N20 (twenty naira) fee only (deducted from your phone credit balance).
Eligibility For National Identification Number
Every national and legal citizen must register for the National Identification Number (NIN). The procedure is the same whether you choose the self-service or you expect an assisted service.
How to Enroll For National Identification Number
This is the registration of every Nigerian and Legal Resident from the interval of 16 years and above.
Those below the age of 16 years have to be registered as children.
Step into the closest NIMC Enrollment Center with your BVN if you have one and any of the following needed Original and Valid assisting documents:
Old National ID Card
Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
Nigerian International passport
Certificate of Origin
Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
Declaration of age
Attestation letter from religious/traditional ruler
NHIS ID card
Government staff ID card
Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
School ID Card (private/public)
Tax Clearance receipt
Valid immigration papers
Process for capturing applicants of 16 years and above (Adult Enrollment):
Applicant steps into the enrollment Center with a verifying document.
The applicant will be assessed to analyze if he/she has ever enrolled using the NIN verification portal.
The applicant will be handed out an enrollment form to fill if he/she has not enrolled before. OR the printed Bar code slip will be obtained if the applicant had pre-enrolled previously using the pre-enrolment service.
Applicant’s forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the data filled on the form against the supporting paper submitted and to check for errors/mistakes filled on the form. Note: applicants who cannot read nor write should be attended by an educated someone who can do the form filling for him/her.
Applicant’s pre-filled data will be inputted on the NIMC Software by a NIMC enrollment authority or the Barcode slip will be scanned by the NIMC enrollment staff to complete needed fields.
The enrollment staff will inform the applicant to double-check his/her data for omissions using the applicant monitor.
If the applicant is pleased with his/her input, the bio-metrics (ten fingerprints and facial image) of the applicant will be capture.
After finalizing the enrollment, a Transaction ID Slip will be granted to the applicant as proof of the agreement. Though, the Transaction slip does not grant ownership to the National Identification Number. The applicant will be instructed to come back for the NIN within 1-5 working days, as it is subjected to availability of network, authentication, and confirmation.
A National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is allocated to the applicants after processing.
The National e-ID Card will be allocated to the applicant within 12 months after the Issuance of NIN barring any unexpected situations.
Availability: Monday – Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Collection of the NIN
Subsequently the enrollment process, an applicant will be issued two (2) slips:
Transaction Slip :NIN Slip indicating fulfillment of enrolment.
Applicants ideally receive their NINs at the enrolment centers where they enrolled, but in certain conditions, they can call for the NINs to be sent to other branches of their preference.
NIN can only be received by a person after biometric confirmation and not by proxy.
Why You Need Your NIN
The National Identification Number (NIN) is the special number which identifies you for life and is allocated to you by NIMC after your enrolment. It is used to fit you with your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during confirmation and authentication.
The NIN is establish to be operated for all transactions in Nigeria expecting identity confirmation so you’ll be using your national identity number( NIN )for
collecting 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 similar to your contributory pension scheme
access to welfare and other related services from the Nigerian Government
transactions with social security intentions
land agreements subject to the Land Use Act
any other agreements NIMC may so prescribe and catalog in the Federal Government Gazette
NIMC is committed to harmonization and integration of data with numerous agencies across Nigeria who bargain with the different services above to guarantee steady coordination of actions.