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How To Apply For Your National Identity Number (NIN)

Everything you need to know about National Identity Number (NIN) from usefulness to method of application.

What is a NIN?

The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non- intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual after the completion of enrollment into the National Identity Database (NIDB).
Once a NIN is assigned to an individual, it can never be reassigned, given or used by another person – that makes it unique in nature.
In the case of the demise of an individual, his/her NIN is retired once a death certificate is presented to the Commission and the individual’s death is established.
The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is also used to establish or verify his/her identity.
All citizens and legal residents in Nigeria, from age zero (birth) and above are eligible to enrol for their NINs.

How do I enrol for NIN?

NIN Enrollment consists of the recording of an individual’s demographic data and capture of the ten (10) fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture and digital signature, which are all used to cross-check existing data in the National Identity Database to confirm that there is no previous entry of the same data.
It is very important that you apply on the NIMC Pre Enrollment Portal and follow the process as defined for applying for National Identification Number.
Please note that applicants in requirement of assistance with Enrollment Form have an option to visit the Enrollment Center where they will be assisted by a Support Officer in correctly filling the Enrollment Form with the required information.
Supporting Documents
Walk into the nearest NIMC Enrollment Center 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
Step 1:
Fill up the pre-enrollment form online, download and print Pre Enrollment Slip
  • Fill the NIMC Pre Enrollment online form by visiting Pre Enrolment Portal
  • All the mandatory fields need to be completely filled with correct information.
  • Download and print your Pre Enrollment Slip
Step 2:
Submit Your Application
  • Walk into the nearest NIMC Registration Center with any one of the following Original and Valid supporting documents.
  • At Enrollment Center you will be directed to a counter where our Enrollment Officer will verify the presence and compliance of all details of your application.
  • If your application is in order, Enrollment officer will guide you to proceed with the capture of bio-metrics (ten finger prints and facial image) and you will collect the Transaction ID Slip as an evidence of the transaction.
Note :
  • Applicants who cannot read nor write should be accompanied by a literate individual who can do the form filling for him/her.
  • Minor applicants should be accompanied by parents / guardians can do the form filling for them.
  • Minor applicants should only bring original and valid birth certificate and NIN slip of one of the Nigerian Parent / Guardian.
  • The NIN Slip which can be accepted by any institution in the country take not more than a week to acquire. 
Step 3:
NIN issuance
  • The normal time frame for issuance of National Identification Number (NIN) Slip(not NIN CARD)  is to to 5 working days from the time the bio-metric details are captured at enrollment centers.
  • The issuance of NIN may take longer in certain cases due to validation of details at NIMC. VFS has no role to play to expedite for such cases.
  • The Transaction ID Slip is required to be stored carefully by applicant as it is required to be presented at the time of collection of NIN Slip indicating completion of enrollment
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