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National Identification number in Nigeria: How to apply & get NIN

I have earlier explained what National Identification number (NIN) is all about in one of my earlier post. For benefit of doubt, National identification Number according to NIMC is a unique set of number which identifies an individual  for life and is designated to you by NIMC after enrolment. It is used to match an individual with his/her biometric data and other details in the National Identity DB during verification and authentication.

Do you want detailed process of applying for NIN in Nigeria? If yes, I will suggest you keep reading!

Sample of National Identifcation Number Slip

How to apply for National Identification Number @ Enrolment Centre

To apply for National Identification Number in Nigeria;

  • You must be a Nigerian or a Legal Resident from the age of 16 years and above.
  • Those below the age of 16 years have to be enrolled as minors.
  1. Go to any enrolment Centre close to you with BVN and a supporting document.
  2. You’ll be issued an enrolment form to fill or printed Barcode slip will be collected from you if you had pre-enrolled earlier using the pre-enrolment service.
  3. Your filled forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the information filled on the form against the supporting document provided.
  4. NIMC official also check for errors/mistake filled on the form.
  5. Your pre-filled information will be inputted on the NIMC Software or the Barcode slip scanned by the NIMC enrolment officer to populate all the required field.
  6. The enrolment officer will ask you to double check your information for errors using the applicant monitor.

If you’re satisfied with your demographic information, the biometrics (ten finger prints and facial image) will be capture subsequently.

  1. After complete enrolment, a Transaction ID Slip will be issued to you as an evidence of your application.

However, the Transaction slip does not confer the right to National Identification Number. You’ll be requested to come back for the NIN within 1-5 working days, as it is subjected to availability of network, authentication and verification.

NIN verification portal will be used to ascertain that you’ve never enrolled before.

A National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is issued to you after processing. The National e-ID Card will be Issued to applicant within 12months after Issuance of NIN barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Things needed to get National Identification Number in Nigeria

You’re expected to go NIMC Enrolment Centre with your BVN if you have one and any of the following Original and Valid supporting documents to get your NIN;

  • 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

Setbacks in getting NIN in Nigeria

  • Unavailability of the NIMS Backend.
  • Unavailability of Network for data transmission.
  • Unavailability of power for the enrolment system

How to apply for National Identification Number online

  1. Visit: to be welcomed to the National Identification Number (NIN) pre-registration portal.
  2. Create your National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment profile on the pre-registration portal
  3. Sign into the National Identification Number (NIN) pre-registration portal and fill in your biodata
  4. Print out the pre-registration slip and take it to the nearest enrolment Centre.
  5. At the enrolment Centre, the enrolment officer scans barcode to pull up your data.
  6. Enrolment officer verify data and capture your photograph, finger print
  7. Your supporting documents will also be scanned
  8. Your NIN slip will be generated and given to you indicating completion of enrolment.

The NIN slip will contain your National Identification Number (NIN). This is how to apply for NIN in Nigeria

How to retrieve your NIN Slip

Your NIN Slip can be re-issued back to you or retrieve in the case of the following:

  • Loss
  • Damage
  • Theft
  • Change/Modification of Record

In the Case of Loss

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Police report (recent)
  • Court affidavit for loss of documents
  • Evidence of payment (N500)
  • Photo ID

In the Case of Damage

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Evidence of the damaged NIN Slip
  • Evidence of payment (N500)

In the Case of Theft

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Police report (recent)
  • Court affidavit for loss of documents
  • Evidence of payment (N500)
  • Photo ID

In the Case of Change/Modification of Record

You will be required to provide the following:

  • Transaction slip issued after modification was done
  • Evidence of payment (N500) per data field modified

Timeline: Immediately

Payment Process

  • Visit to start the payment process.
  • Click on the option ‘Pay a Federal Government Agency ‘.
  • Name of MDA – type in ‘National Identity Management Commission ‘.
  • Name of Service/Purpose – choose ‘National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Fees ‘.
  • Amount to Pay – fill in the amount you wish to pay.
  • Pay Description – type in ‘Payment for NIN Slip Re-issuance ‘.
  • Payer’s Full Name – type your full name.
  • Click on the icon ͞proceed to payment.

A new page which is the invoice will come up which will display your RRR – Remita Retrieval Reference at the top of the page.

  • Print the invoice and take note of your RRR.
  • Choose any payment method convenient for you.

Option 1: ‘Pay Now with Internet Banking’.

Option 2: ‘Pay at Bank Branch’.

Option 3: ‘Pay Now with Remita’.

Option 4: ‘Pay Now with Cards or Wallet’

After payment proceed to any NIMC enrolment centre close to you for your NIN Slip retrieval.

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