The Federal Government says it is enforcing the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) beginning from January 1, 2019.
The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique numbers for verifying and individuals identity in Nigeria. The card connects the individuals biometric details on the National Identity database
The National Identification Number (NIN) is a set of numbers assigned to an individual upon successful enrolment. Enrolment 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.
The NIN once issued to a person cannot be used again, (that is, it cannot be issued to another person even if the previous person is dead).
Facts about NIN
- The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non- intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment 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.
- The NIN should be closely guarded by individuals and not revealed to all and sundry except to relevant authorities when requested (for instance it shouldn’t be disclosed online over social media and should not be printed along with contact details on business cards or other office stationery).
NIMC Registration Requirements
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:
- Old National id Card
- Driver’s License
- Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
- Nigerian International passport
- Certificate of origin
- Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
- Birth certificate
- Declaration of age
- Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
- NHIS ID card
- Government staff id card
- Registered/recognized private organization staff id card
- School ID Card private/Public
Steps to Apply for NIN
Applicant walks in to a NIMC NIN Enrollment Centre with supporting documents and is verified not have previously enrolled.
Applicant gets and fills the Enrolment Form, providing the required demographic information.
Applicant approaches the Enrolment Officer who collects the filled form and inputs the details into the Enrolment Application.
Applicant verifies and confirms the enrolment data on the system.
Applicant has his/her headshot photograph, fingerprints and signature captured.
Applicant has his/her supporting documents scanned.
Applicant’s enrolment is acknowledged; two slips are generated and given to the applicant: (a) Transaction Slip (b) NIN Slip indicating completion of enrolment.