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

Did you register for National ID card but haven’t received your ID card yet?  Your National ID Card is likely ready, but you do not know.

You can follow the guide in this article to check/know if your national Identity card is available.

According to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), if you registered for national ID card 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 you’re to check if your National ID card is ready for collection. Those national ID card registered between 2012 – 2015 are ready for collection.

New National ID card

New National ID card by NIMC

Updated 2020: The online NIMC portal, used for checking the status of National ID CARD is now National ID Card PRE-ENROLMENT portal. It can no longer be used to check the National Identity Card status. The service is no longer available online. Currently, to check if your National Identity Card is ready for collection, check the nearest state headquarters of national identity card enrollment centre.

The National Identity card (not the National Identification Number Slip) is a card that contains National Identity Number, a photograph of the cardholder, and a chip containing the biometric information of the holder. The commission in charge of enrolling and issuance of the national identity card to applicants is the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The card is issued to citizens of Nigeria above the age of 16 or those who have legally lived in Nigeria for two or more years at point of enrollment.

After the enrolment for National ID card, several people experience a 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 an SMS notification at all.

In case, you haven’t received either SMS or email notification of the status of national ID card after you’ve successfully enrolled; we’ll show you a way forward.

Just continue reading…………….

In the past, you have to visit your National ID card registration centre, which is usually your enrollment centre to check the status of the National ID card. However, the internet has turn things around in recent years.

Online, on National Identity management commission ( NIMC) official website portal, you can resolve a lot of national Identity-card related matters; one of which is to check the status of your National Identity card.

Without wasting much time, let’s look at how to check if your National ID card is ready online and how to get it.

Check if your National Identity card is ready for collection

To check if your National Identity Card is ready If you registered for the National Identity Card;

  1. Log onto, an official NIMC national ID card checking portal.
  2. Click on “proceed” button.check National ID card online
  3. Enter your First name, Last Name and last 6 digits of your National Identification Number in the column provided.

Enter your detail to check your National ID online on NIMC

4. Hit the “Check Now” button to see if your National ID Card is ready. 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 NIMC NIN slip

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

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,  visit nearest NIMC headquarter for national ID card enrolment close to you and request for a transfer.

To request for a transfer, you need your National Identification Number. So, go with your  NIMC National Identification number slip.

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 the 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 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 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 enrol twice for National Identity card, as it is considered a criminal offence to do by NIMC.

How long does it take to get a national ID card?

Once, you enrol for the National ID Card in Nigeria; you’ll be given a NIMC NIN slip. It may take several months to receive the permanent or plastic National ID card. Sometimes, years. No need to worry, the NIMC NIN slip given to you contains your National Identification Number (NIN). This number can be used for all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification.

If you’re Nigerian living outside the country, you can check the status of your National Identity card while 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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58 thoughts on “How to check if your National ID card is ready for collection”

  1. Stop disturbing us with all this nonsense, the link is not opening.I registered since 2013 till now nothing

  2. Good Afternoon Mr. Moderator, Since the link at https// is not opening, Please kindly help me to check if my eID Card is ready for collection, These are my details;- NAME;- OKENYI YUSUFF OSIZIMETE. Tracking ID;-S7Y0O0ZPD0002H1. NIN NUMBER;- 32864229739. Registration Centre;- BY- NIS YENAGOA. Registration Date;- 18/11/2015. Thanks and GOD Bless.

  3. Good afternoon Mr, Moderator, I registered for the e ID card since 2015 in Bayelsa State. each time i try to check if my Id card is ready, the reply is always, Card Not Ready Check in a Weeks Time. up till now i have not gotten my e ID Card.

  4. Good afternoon Mr. Moderator, i have checked to know if my e ID card is ready but the link is taking me to PRE-ENROLMENT portal, i tried to register but all to no avail and the link is not opening.

  5. Folorunso. Sunday adewale

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Saheed Adekunle Oyero

    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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Olanrewaju Isiaka Odesanya

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

  15. yahaya sani bungudu

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

  16. Ologun Steven kofoworola

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

  17. Rafat Oyza Zubair

    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

  18. 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. Ezeonye Godwin Ikenna

      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. Adefemi Adedayo Deborah

      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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