How to Obtain Nigerian National Identification Number [NIN] and Card

Firstly, Every citizen and legal resident of Nigeria has been mandated to enrol for the Nigerian National Identification Number. So, we have decided to share with you this article on How to Apply for NIN in Nigeria and obtain the Card afterwards.

NB: This is important to all the candidates who will be applying for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Examination for 2020/2021 and beyond. Therefore, JAMB Candidates henceforth should take note.

What is a NIN?

National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non-intelligible numbers which is randomly chosen. And after that, assigned to an individual after the completion of enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

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In addition, once a Nigerian National Identification Number is assigned to an individual, it can never be reassigned to another person. That is to say, it is uniquely yours until the time of death. In addition, 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.

How To Apply for NIN in Nigeria

National Identification Number 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.

Nigeria National Identity

Supporting Documents For Enrolment

Walk into the nearest NIN Enrolment Centre with your BVN, most importantly, if you have one and any of the following required Original and valid supporting documents:

  1. Old National ID Card
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  4. Nigerian International passport
  5. Certificate of Origin
  6. Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  7. Birth certificate
  8. Declaration of age
  9. Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  10. NHIS ID card
  11. Government staff ID card
  12. Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  13. School ID Card (private/public)
  14. Tax Clearance certificate
  15. Valid immigration documents
Step 1: Fill up the pre-enrolment form online, download and print Pre Enrolment Slip
  • Fill the NIMC Pre Enrolment online form by visiting Pre Enrolment Portal
  • All the mandatory fields need to be completely filled with correct information.
  • Download and print your Pre Enrolment Slip
Step 2: Submit Your Application
  • Walk into the nearest NIMC Registration Centre with any one of the following Original and Valid supporting documents.
  • At Enrolment Center you will be directed to a counter where our Enrolment Officer will verify the presence and compliance of all details of your application.
  • If your application is in order, Enrolment officer will guide you to proceed with the capture of biometrics (ten finger prints and facial image) and you will collect the Transaction ID Slip as an evidence of the transaction.


  • Applicants who cannot read nor write should be accompanied by a literate individual who can do the form filling for him/her.
  • Minor applicants should be accompanied by parents / guardians can do the form filling for them.
  • Minor applicants should only bring original and valid birth certificate and NIN slip of one of the Nigerian Parent / Guardian.
Step 3: NIN Issuance
  • The normal time frame for issuance of National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is 2 to 3 working days from the time the biometric details are captured at enrolment centers.
  • moreover, the issuance of NIN may take longer in certain cases due to validation of details at NIMC. VFS has no role to play to expedite for such cases.
  • Finally, the Transaction ID Slip should be stored carefully by applicants as it is required to be presented at the time of collection of NIN Slip indicating completion of enrolment


In Conclusion: All citizens and legal residents in Nigeria, from the time of birth (age zero) and above are eligible to enrol for their NINs. That is to say, enrolment is for everyone.

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