The Nigerian National Identity Number also known as NIN is an important number every Nigerian must have. It was introduced in 2012 and since then the Federal Government is trying to make it the most accepted means of identification in the country.
Recently, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Commission also made it mandatory that candidates registering for JAMB exams henceforth must have a valid National Identification Number (NIN).
What is NIN?
NIN is an acronym for National Identification Number. It is a unique 11 digit number given to every Nigerian after successful registration of the new Nigerian national identity card.
There are no age limitations as parents of children from 0-15 years can register their children as minors. The National Identification Management Commission (the agency responsible for registering and issuing the new National Identity number and card) has written an article on how to register minors for NIN.
Uses of the National Identification Number (NIN)
- Bank Account Opening.
- JAMB Registration.
- Sim card registration.
- International Passport.
- Drivers license.
- Business name and company registration.
- Payment of Taxes.
Requirements for NIN
Visit an NIMC registration centre with your Bank Verification Number (not compulsory) and any means of identification (compulsory). The following means of identification are accepted;
- Voters card (Temporary or permanent).
- Old National ID card.
- School ID card.
- Birth Certificate.
- Declaration of age (can be gotten at a court).
- Certificate of Origin (can be gotten from your state liaison office).
- Attestation letter from Religious leader or Traditional leader.
- Nigerian International Passport.
- Government staff ID card.
- National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card.
- Tax clearance certificate.
- Drivers license.
Quick Centres for NIN Registrations (Lagos)
Do you want to complete your NIN registration as quick as possible? If you live in Lagos state, these are the NIN registration centres you should consider first.
1. University of Lagos (UNILAG) NIMC Registration Centre
Property Management Building, Faculty of Education, Opposite Education Hall, University of Lagos, Yaba, Lagos.
2. Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) NIMC Registration Centre
Centre for Information Technology and Management (CITM) building, Beside Zenith Bank, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.
3. Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) NIMC Registration Centre
Engineering Lecture Theatre Hall, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos.
4. Lagos State University (LASU) NIMC Registration Centre
MBA Block, MBA Board Room, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos.
5. Zenith Bank Branches
(see list of Zenith branches here)
6. GTbank Branches
If you stay outside Lagos, visit any tertiary institution or designated Bank branches in your State. You can view the list complete list of NIMC registration centres in Nigeria here; just click on the state to view the list.
How to Register for NIN within 30 Minutes
Here you will learn how to beat the crowd and register for your National Identity Number faster than everyone else.
Step 1: Get the NIN Registration Requirements
Get the requirements above. Only original copies are accepted. Some of these documents are easy to get. For example, the birth certificate can be gotten at a general hospital while the sworn declaration of age can be gotten at a court.
Step 2: Visit the NIN Registration Centre
Visit the registration centre: The registration centre you pick will determine how quickly you will be able to register for your NIN.
Pick any of the centres above if you live in Lagos state.
Step 3: Filling of Forms
On getting to the NIN enrollment centre, you will be given a form to fill in your details. Ensure you fill in every detail correctly, your surname, first name, middle name, date of birth e.t.c
Step 4: Submission of Forms
Walk up to the enrollment and submit the forms. The enrollment officer will fill in your information into the National Identification Management application portal. While this is going on, you are expected to keep an eye on the computer screen facing you. Ensure that the enrollment officer does not make a mistake.
Before submitting to the portal, the NIMC enrollment officer will ask you to confirm your details.
Step 5: Biometrics Capturing
Your fingerprints, head-shot and signature will be captured. Try to put a little smile while taking the head-shot is being taken as you may not have an opportunity to change the image again. The head-shot is the picture that will appear on your National Identity card when it is produced.
Step 6: Scanning of Documents
The supporting documents you provided will be scanned by the enrollment officer and submitted to the National Identification Management portal.
Step 7: Collection of Slips
After the registration is completed, you will be given two slips; the transaction slip and the NIN slip confirming that you have done the registration.
Step 8: Sign up for NIMC Mobile App
The NIMC has introduced a mobile app that you can use in place of the National Identity card.
Once you sign up on the mobile, you can present it anywhere when asked to prove your identity. There’s a bar code that can be scanned to confirm if your NIN number is legit.
You can check this article to see how to register for the NIMC mobile app.
Now that you have completed your NIN registration, you can use the number for any purpose while you wait for the National Identity card to be produced. You can also sign up on the NIMC mobile app
The two slips given to you can be used as a means of identification pending when the National ID card will be produced. The most important thing here is the National Identification Number and not the slip.
Although, you must keep the slips as you will need them later on to collect your National ID card.
On providing your NIN to any government agency or private company, your details will be pulled out from the NIMC database. You should protect your NIN the same way you protect your Bank verification number.