Do you need a complete review of the NIMC mobile app?
The NIMC mobile app is a useful companion if you have completed the NIN registration.
In this article, you will learn about the NIMC mobile app, how to sign up and features of the app.
Table of Contents
- What is the NIMC Mobile App?
- Features of the NIMC Mobile App
- How to Get Started with the Mobile App
- Frequently Asked Questions on the NIMC Mobile App
What is the NIMC Mobile App?
The NIMC mobile app was introduced by the National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria to facilitate the adaptation of the new Nigerian digital identity.
There are speculations that the agency is not adequately funded for the mass production of the National identity cards. So, the NIMC is shifting focus from the production of plastic cards to other means.
The mobile app lets you manage some of your data online. In a split of a second, your identity can be confirmed through the mobile app. You do not have to carry your NIN slip about all the time.
Features of the NIMC Mobile App
There are lots of powerful features that come loaded in the NIMC app. In this part of the article, you will learn about these features and how they work.
Show your ID
The show your ID feature is a visual representation of your National Identity card. It looks like the proposed4 physical identity card (plastic card). There are a few things that distinguish the plastic card from the digital copy;
The plastic card can be used as an ATM card to withdraw money. NIMC made this possible through a partnership with United Bank of Africa (UBA). There is a microchip on the plastic card, a digital signature, your height and expiry date for the ATM card feature.
Just as the name implies, this feature was created for you to “Show your ID” to anybody or the agency that requests it.
There’s a QR code that can be scanned to verify the authenticity of your digital ID.
Scan an ID
The NIMC mobile app comes with a QR code scanner. You can use this scanner to verify the identity of other registered Nigerians.
This is useful if you need to verify someone’s identity before giving them a job.
To scan IDs of other users, you need to purchase a plan. NIMC will gift you 30 points when you newly sign up on the app.
Link your Phone Numbers
You can now link your phone numbers to your NIN through the NIMC mobile app.
The app allows you to link only 7 phone numbers. If you have more than 7 phone numbers, you can check our article on how to link your phone number to your NIN (All Networks).
Once you add a phone number, a One time password (OTP) will be sent to the phone number. This number will be added to your profile immediately you confirm the OTP code.
This feature lets you see the list of people, companies or agencies who have verified your identity.
Single Sign-On Authentication
Single sign-on authentication is a feature that lets you sign in securely to Federal Government portals.
This feature generates a one-time pin that lasts for 60 seconds.
NIMC states on the app that the pins generated can be used to access myportal.nimc.gov.ng but at the time of writing this article, that portal is not available to the public.
The Nigerian Identity management commission allows citizens to register children under the age of 16 years. However, children under the ages of 16 years and below will be registered as dependents to someone above 18 that has registered for the National Identification Number.
The Dependents list feature shows you a list of anyone under the age of 16 that you have enrolled and submitted your NIN as their parent or guardian.
Link other forms of Identity
One of the responsibilities of the NIMC is to create a harmonised identity database for Nigerians. This is to solve the issue of carrying multiple forms of identity cards that could get missing
This feature allows you to link every other accepted means of identification in Nigeria to your NIN.
NIMC has announced that more features are coming to the app soon.
How to Get Started with the Mobile App
First things first; you need to download the app on your mobile device before you can begin to use it.
Fortunately, the NIMC mobile app is available for both Android and iOS. You can visit the respective app stores to download the app.
After downloading the app, follow the steps below to register.
Step 1: Open the app and tap skip.
Step 2: Enter your NIN number and click on Next.
If you have forgotten your NIN number, you can dial *346# on your mobile phone. *346# is the USSD code for checking NIN Number in Nigeria.
Step 3: Agree to the terms and conditions by clicking the “I Agree” button.
Step 4: Verify your phone number.
Here, you need to verify the phone number you used during your NIN registration.
If you still have the phone number, click on next to proceed, If you no longer have the number, proceed to an NIMC office to add your new number.
Once you have successfully added your new number, come back here and continue from Step 1.
Step 5: Enter your user ID and OTP that was sent to your phone number.
Click on proceed to go to the next step.
Step 6: Wait for the app to connect to the NIMC server and generate its encryption keys.
Step 7: Enter a six-digit pin.
The six-digit pin will be used to log in to the app. If you need help generating a pin that cannot be guessed by anyone, check our article on best online password generators.
If all went well, then congratulations, you have successfully registered on the NIMC mobile app.
Here is an inside view of what the app dashboard look like.
Frequently Asked Questions on the NIMC Mobile App
How can I download my NIMC Card?
With the NIMC mobile app, you do not need to download your NIMC card. You can simply take the app to any institution and use the “show your ID” feature to show your identity.
The digital identity card is accepted nationwide.
Can I use my NIN to Open an Account?
Yes, you can. The national identification number is accepted as a means of identity anywhere in Nigeria. You can present the digital ID anytime you are asked to present a means of identification.
Can I edit my NIMC details online or on the App?
No, you cannot edit your details through the NIMC mobile app. You need to visit an enrollment centre to edit your NIMC details.
Will I need internet Access to Display my Digital ID?
Once you are done signing up on the app, you can display your digital ID without access to the internet.
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