How to Apply for NIN: We will show meaning of NIN, available registration center, importance of NIN, and lots more!
It is compulsory for every citizen and legal resident of Nigeria to enroll for the National Identification Number. Therefore, this article will focus on How to Apply for NIN in Nigeria and obtain the Card as well.
Note to JAMB Candidates:
- In recent development Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) registrar has announced that all candidates who will register for the 2020 JAMB UTME must have the NIN.
- The NIMC requirement according to JAMB will fight all forms of malpractice including multiple Registration, illegal thumbprinting, Fraudulent beneficiaries of the ELDS system for example a situation where Chukwuemeka or Ngozika is from Kebbi State; such will no longer be possible since jamb will collect the data directly from NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT using the NIM number.
- Although, according to him, candidates will be able to apply for the NIN during their registration (at the JAMB CBT Center), we still advice candidates get theirs to reduce the rush.
- RECOMMENDED: NIN will be Compulsory for UTME Registration
What is a NIN?
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.
Once this (de-duplication) process is completed the data is then stored with a unique NIN that was assigned to it. 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). It is the NIN that helps to tie all records about a person in the database and is used to check the identity verified.
NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- 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).
Eligibility For NIN
- It is mandatory for every citizen and legal resident to enrol for the National Identification Number (NIN). The process is the same whether you choose the self-service or you require an assisted service.
- Minors are not issued with the National Identity cards until they attain the age of 16.
Collection of the NIN
- At the completion of the enrolment process, applicant will be issued two (2) slips: (a) Transaction Slip (b) NIN Slip indicating completion of enrolment.
- Applicants ideally collect their NINs at the enrolment centres where they enrolled, but in certain circumstances they can request the NINs be transferred to other centres of their choice.
- NIN can only be collected by an individual after biometric verification and not by proxy.
Why You Need Your NIN
- If you intend registering for the JAMB UTME, it is mandatory that you have your NIN.
- You have a phone number so people can contact you. Get your National Identification Number so people can IDENTIFY you.
The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you for life and is issued to you by NIMC after your enrolment.
It is used to match you with your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.
The NIN is set to be used for all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification so you’ll be using your NIN for
- obtaining 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 related to your contributory pension scheme
- access to welfare and other relevant services from the Nigerian Government
- transactions with social security implications
- land transactions subject to the Land Use Act
- any other transactions NIMC may so prescribe and list in the Federal Government Gazette
NIMC is engaged in harmonization and integration of data with various agencies across Nigeria who deal with the various services above to ensure smooth coordination of activities.
NIN – Other Things You Need to Know
How do I Apply for NIN in Nigeria?
Service Fee: ENROLMENT IS FREE!!! It is very important that you apply on the NIMC Pre Enrolment Portal and follow the process as defined for applying for NIN.
There are two method to apply for the NIN;
- Adults (above 16 years)
- Minors (0- 15 years)
How to apply for Adults
This is the enrolment of every Nigerian and Legal Resident from the age of 16 years and above.
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)
- Tax Clearance certificate
- Valid immigration documents
Process for capturing applicants of 16 years and above (Adult Enrolment):
- Applicant walks into the enrolment Centre with a supporting document.
- Applicant will be verified to ascertain if he/she has ever enrolled using the NIN verification portal.
- Applicant will be issued an enrolment form to fill if he/she has not enrolled before. OR the printed Barcode slip will be collected if the applicant had pre-enrolled earlier using the pre-enrolment service.
- Applicant’s forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the information filled on the form against the supporting document provided and to check for errors/mistake filled on the form. Note: applicants who cannot read nor write should be accompanied by a literate individual who can do the form filling for him/her.
- Applicant’s pre-filled information will be inputted on the NIMC Software by a NIMC enrolment officer or the Barcode slip will be scanned by the NIMC enrolment officer to populate all the required field.
- The enrolment officer will ask the applicant to double check his/her information for errors using the applicant monitor.
- If the applicant is satisfied with his/her demographic information, the biometrics (ten finger prints and facial image) of the applicant will be capture subsequently.
- After completing the enrolment, a Transaction ID Slip will be issued to the applicant as an evidence of the transaction. However, the Transaction slip does not confer the right to National Identification Number. The applicant will be requested to come back for the NIN within 1-5 working days, as it is subjected to availability of network, authentication and verification.
- A National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is issued to the applicants after processing.
- The National e-ID Card will be Issued to applicant within 12months after Issuance of NIN barring any unforeseen circumstances.
How to Enrol Minors for NIN
This is the enrolment of every Nigerian and Legal Resident who meets NIMC’s criteria from the age of 0 to 15 years.
Walk into the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre with any of the following required Original and Valid supporting documents:
Mandatory requirements for minors (Enrolment of Children)
- Parent/Guardian’s National Identification Number (NIN) Slip ( father, mother or guardian’s NIN ) MUST be provided.
- Supporting documents and evidence of proof as the Guardian to the minor (if Guardian’s NIN is used).
- Registered Birth Certificate/ Statutory Age Declaration.
- All minors MUST be accompanied by at least one of the parents or a Guardian.
- Birth certificate
- Declaration of age
- School ID Card private/Public
- NHIS ID card
- Nigerian passport
- Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in the community
- Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
Process for capturing minors (0 to 15 years):
- Applicant walks into the enrolment Centre with Their parent/guardian and the required supporting document.
- Applicant will be verified to ascertain if he/she has enrolled before through the verification portal.
- Applicant will be issued an enrolment form to fill if he/she has not enrolled before. OR the printed Barcode slip will be collected if the applicant had pre-enrolled earlier using the pre-enrolment services.
- Applicant forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the information filled on the form against the supporting document provided and to check for errors/mistake filled on the form.
- Applicant’s pre-filled information will be inputted on the NIMC Software by a NIMC enrolment officer or the Barcode slip be scanned by the NIMC enrolment officer to populate all the required fields.
- The enrolment officer will ask the applicant’s parents to double check their ward information using the applicant’s monitor to check for errors.
- If the Parent/Guardian is satisfied with the demographics information inputted, the biometrics of the applicant will be captured subsequently.
- After completing the enrolment registration, a Transaction Slip will be issued to the applicant as an evidence of the transaction. However, the Transaction slip does not confer the right to National Identification Number. The applicant will be requested to come back for the NIN within 1-5 working days, as it is subject to the speed/availability of network, authentication and verification.
- A National Identification Number Slip is issued to the applicant after processing.
- The National e-ID Card will not be issued to this categories of applicant until they become 16 years of age and above.
- A text message will automatically be sent to the Applicant, Parent or guardian to come for update when they become 16years of age.
Availability: Monday – Friday (8a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Percentage of availability: 95 % (The Remaining 5% can be attributed to upsurge of applicants etc.)
- Availability of the NIMS Backend.
- Availability of Network for data transmission.
- Availability of power for the enrolment system.
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