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How to Register for National Identification Number (NIN)

Are you looking for how to register for the National Identification Number (NIN) in Nigeria? 

The National Identification Number is the most important form of identification in Nigeria right now.

In this article, you will learn how to register for NIN, where to register and answers to frequently asked questions about NIN.

National identification number NIN

What is NIN?

NIN is the short form for National Identification Number. It is the number you get after you have successfully registered for the new Nigerian identity card.

The agency in charge of registering and issuing the National Identification Number is the National Identity Management Commission also known as NIMC.

There’s no age limitation for the National Identification number registration. NIMC has stated that children between the ages of 0-15 years can be registered as minors.

Benefits of Having a National Identification Number

There are lots of benefits that come with owning an NIN. In fact, if you do not have an NIN, you will be denied access to a lot of services in Nigeria.

Here are some of the advantages of having a National Identification Number;

Registering/Retrieving a Phone Number

Right now, you cannot own a phone number in Nigeria without an NIN. If you have misplaced your SIM card and you want to retrieve your old phone number you will need a National Identification number to do that.

The Federal government of Nigeria through the National Communication Commission has announced that Nigerians with existing phone lines must link their phone numbers with their NIN or risk their lines being blocked.

You can check our article on how to link your phone number to your NIN.

Opening a Bank Account

In the nearest future, you may not be able to open a bank account without your NIN. Right now, banks still accept other means of identifications like the voters card or driver’s license to open an account.

Since the Nigerian government is trying to create a unified database for citizens, the National Identification Number will become the most important means of identification.

Once there is massive adaptation of the NIN, other documents like the drivers license or voters card may not be accepted.

Nigerian International Passport

The immigration service has stated that Nigerians applying for the Enhanced E-Passport must have a National Identification Number.

Having the NIN makes the whole passport application process seamless and faster.

Check out this article on the immigration website for more info.

Socio-Economic Rewards

As a Nigerian citizen registered on the National Identity database, you have rights to claim any socio-economic benefits meant for citizens.

Socio-economic benefits include things like;

  1. Tradermoni.
  2. Covid-19 relives.
  3. Federal government jobs. 
  4. Access to government loans.
  5. Federal government scholarships.
  6. Npower.

SSCE or UTME Exam Registrations

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are two prominent exam bodies in Nigeria. JAMB and WAEC have stated that a National Identification Number will be required from students who want to take their exams.

As time goes on, other exam bodies in Nigeria may also make the NIN compulsory.

Documents Required for NIN Registration

To register for NIN, you need a supporting document to verify your identity.

NIMC accepts the following documents for NIN registration;

  1. Birth Certificate.
  2. The Old National ID card.
  3. Voters card (both the temporary or permanent)
  4. State of Origin certificate
  5. Nigerian International passport
  6. Drivers license
  7. Tertiary school ID card
  8. Government staff ID card
  9. Tax clearance certificate.
  10. Attestation letter from religious leader or traditional leader.
  11. Declaration of age.
  12. National Health insurance Scheme Card (NHIS)

You only need to have one out of the above mentioned.

If you do not have any of these documents, you can go to a local government office to get an Age declaration or general hospital to apply for a Birth certificate.

Old Nigerian National ID card
Old Nigerian National ID Card

NIN Registration Centres

Recently, the National Identification Management Commission announced that it had partnered with 173 private sector agents and 30 public sector institutions to enrol citizens for the NIN.

MTN Nigeria which was among the recently licensed partners has ordered for 14,000 Biometric devices to help in the NIN registration.

Most of the newly approved partners are yet to commence operation. 

Once everything is in place, there would be over 200 enrollment centres where you can register for a National identification number. You can download the full list of NIN enrollment centres here.

How to Register for NIN

Step 1: Download the NIMC Pre-enrolment form here.

Step 2: Print out the form and fill it appropriately. You can print the form at a cyber cafe.

Step 3: Proceed with the form, any means of identification from the ones mentioned above and your Bank verification number (not compulsory) to an NIMC enrollment centre.

Step 4: On getting to the enrollment centre, give the enrollment officers the form you filled and the supporting documents. Your information will be entered into the system.

Step 5: Your Biometrics will be taken by the officials. These include your height, fingerprints and a head-shot.

Step 6: Once your registration is completed, you will get a NIN Slip. This slip contains your national identification number.

The NIN slip can be used to for any purpose where it will be required pending when the ID card will be ready.

National Identification Number (NIN) Frequently Asked Questions

Can NIMC/NIN Registration be done twice?

You cannot register for a National identification number twice. If you try to do so, the system will detect through your Biometrics. It is also a crime to attempt to have more than one National Identification number.

How Can I check my NIN Details Online?

Only licensed organizations can check your details online for verifications. Individuals do not have access to this portal. For now, you can only check your NIN through your phone.

How do I get my NIMC Slip

Your NIMC slip will be given to you immediately after you have completed your registration. In some situations, you may be told to come back for it on a given date.

I Have Misplaced My NIN Slip, How do I Reprint It?

If your NIN slip gets missing, you will be re-issued another slip by paying 500 Naira (excluding charges) via Remita, then take the receipts to any NIMC enrollment centre to get a new slip.

To make the payment for this service, follow the procedure below;

Step 1: Visit the Remita bill payment platform.

Step 2: Type National Identity Management Commis in the “Who do you want to pay” field.

Step 3: Select NIN SLIP REISSUE from the “Name of service” field.

Step 4: Enter your name, phone number and valid email address (the receipt will be sent to your email address).

Step 5: Click the I’m not a robot box and submit.

Step 6: Select your mode of payment. You can pay with your card, internet banking or you go to a bank branch to make payment. If you select Bank branch, you have to copy the Remita retrieval number and take it with you to the bank.

Step 7: Once payment is made, proceed with the receipt to an NIMC enrollment centre.

How Do I Know if My NIN Card is Ready

A text message will be sent to your phone when your NIN e-ID card is ready.

Does Zenith Bank do NIN Registration

Yes, Zenith bank is among the banks where you can register for the National Identification Number. You can see the list of Zenith bank branches here.

Can I Edit my NIN Details

Yes, you can edit the personal data on your NIN. You have to pay for this service. Kindly visit the Remita Bill payment platform to make payment. Once payment has been made, proceed with the receipt to an NIN enrollment centre.

We hope you have learnt how to register for the National Identification Number and also gotten answers to any question you have. If you have more questions, please use the comment section below to ask.

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