How to check if your National ID card is ready for collection

It’s likely that your National Identity Card is out, but you do not know. Find out ⇒ how to check/know if your national ID card is out and ready for collection using this guide.

New National ID card
New National ID card by NIMC

The National identity card also known as National ID card is an identification card issued by National Identity Management commission (NIMC) of Nigeria. The card is usually issued to citizens of Nigeria above the age of 16. However, the National e-ID Card is issued to Nigerians registered into the national identity system and legal residents who have attained the age of 16 years and above.

After the enrolment for National ID card, several people experience serious delay before collection of their national ID card. You wait and wait but will not receive either text message or email notification indicating that your ID card is ready for collection.

Worst, if you lose the mobile phone number you used in registering for National Identity you won’t be able to receive any SMS notification at all.

In case, you’ve not received either SMS or email notification of the status of national ID card after you’ve successful enrolled or registered for National ID; we’ll show you a way forward.

In no time, you’ll find out how to know if your Nigerian national ID card is ready for collection without the stress of visiting your collection point.

Just continue reading…………….

In the past, you would have to visit your National ID pick up point, which is usually where you enrolled for the National Identity Card. However, internet has turn things around in this recent years.

Online, on National Identity management commission ( NIMC) official website, you can actually resolve a lot of national ID card related matters; one of which is to check if your National Identity pastic Card is out or ready for collection.

Without wasting much time, let’s find out how check if your National ID card is out and ready for collection.

How to Check if your National Identity card is ready

If you registered for the National Identity Card and you’re not sure if the ID card is ready for collection, to check if your National Identity Card is ready;

  1. Visit for checking national ID card status online.
  2. When the NIMC Website opens, click on “proceed” button as shown.check National ID card online
  3. Enter your First name, Last name and your NIN.Enter your detail to check your National ID online on NIMC
  4.  Hit “Check Now” button, hold on for seconds while the site loads to check your National Id card status.

You’ll get a message displayed on the website indicating if your national ID card is ready for collection.This is how to check if your National Identity Card is ready in Nigeria.

Please Note: You can easily locate your National Identification Number (NIN) on your temporary national ID slip

Read Also: How to Check/Retrieve your National Identification Number (NIN Number)

How long does it take for National ID card to be ready?

Once, you enroll for the National ID Card in Nigeria; you’ll be given a NIN slip. To receive the permanent or plastic National ID card, it may take several months. Sometimes, years. The Temporary NIN slip contains your National Identification Number (NIN), no need to worry. Your NIN slip can used for all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification.

What to do if your national ID Card is ready?

Congratulations! If your ID card is ready

The next step you’ll take will be to visit your enrolment centre for collection.

If perhaps you no longer live close that enrolment centre, then visit any national ID card enrolment centre close to you and request for a transfer.

To request for a transfer, you need your National Identification Number. So, go with your temporary NIMC NIN slip. Again, you should be able to show the text message indicating that your card is ready for pick up.

There are no charges for transfer at present. All you need to do is to fill correctly the card transfer form given to you to fill by the NIMC staff on seat. When filling the form ask questions if you don’t understand anything on the form.

What to do if your Nigerian national ID card is not ready?

If, however you received a notification that you your card isn’t ready. First, cross-check again. Check your entry second time to be sure you made no mistake in any of your name(s) or National Identification Number.

If after that you still received a notification that you your national ID card isn’t ready, then it really isn’t available. Wait Patiently and try again some other time.

Warning: You’re not to enroll twice for National Identity card, as it is considered a criminal offence to do by NIMC.

If you’re Nigerian living outside the country, you can check if your national Identity card is ready  for collection in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa or any country in the world following the above guide.

See: You can renew your driver’s license online in Nigeria without visiting FRSC office or Revenue office

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52 thoughts on “How to check if your National ID card is ready for collection”

  1. I have registered for my identity card since December 2013 and I have not received any information concerning.the card. Why?

  2. I have registed since 2015 but i got internet error during the register but they add me three week i return to the office but it still unprefed what i want to do my name is halliru ahmad

  3. IDon’t understand you people any longer,I registered for my National id since the year 2013but until now only the prints out copy is issued to me. details as follows, Ekuma,Friday ewah 20004739559 phone 07084680811.

  4. I registered in April,2018 given the first white paper, but second print-out (green copy) has come up, they are telling me internal error (I. E)
    Please, what can I do now

  5. Please what happen to my national identity card since 2014? Other people have collected their own since. What should I do please so that my own will be release? Thanks.

  6. I have registered since december 2015 and up till now,i have not received any text message, which i was to never to come to the registration center,if i don’t receive any text.i also check online no sign to show if the card is ready.i don’t know how long it will take the NIMC card to be ready after registration.WHAT CAN WILL DO NOW AFTER 3YEARS AND STILL COUNTING

  7. Hello, i registered since 20/06/2017, with Tracking ID: S7Y0NYF7I0008MU, ODESANYA OLANREWAJU ISIAKA. Just checking if the card is ready for pick up.

  8. Pls check if mine is ready l registered since 09/06/14 at LA-NNS-QUORRA, my name is Olobio, Franklin Oyins my NIN is 77056938602 and tracking ID is S7Y0OG2TH0001EC and Phn no 08023983548

  9. Pls check if mine is ready l registered since 08/09/14 at Calabar CRS, my name is OKON, PHILIP EFFIONG my NIN is 60896484917 and tracking ID is S7Y0O0ZJD0001Q6 and Phn no 08028425564

  10. i want to my registration centre the say I should visit the website. how can I check my national identity card. since 2014

  11. since my enrollment on 22/12/15 see my tracking ID S7YONFAQ000GOE AQ-GOE is not ready sir please

  12. I am abdulshakur bala by name and my last 6 digit ar 988108 pls help and check my card for me

  13. Pls help check if my nat identify card is ready::non:99020452808::: tracking ID:s7y00g2wt0000uf::la army barracks bonny

  14. Please NIMC it has been long since my enrollment in 22/ 11 /2013 up till now my id is not ready, please what should I do

  15. Please NIMC I think I can’t remember my identification number again because I enrolled in 2014 and I’ve lost all my particulars…..i really need help here.

    1. The phone no u use to register. on that particular sim, dial *346# and follow the prompt to retrieve ur NIN. it cost ₦20.

    1. Yeah! U r right, my mom did it since January 2013 and I did mine since march 2015 but we’ve not collected our cards with is unfair. Please NIMC do something about it soon cos immigrations said they won’t b giving out international passports without NIC. Please just us out. Thanks!

    2. Hi,nimc have register since 2014,but I have try to get my card but always not ready why??pls something

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