How to Enroll and Register for National Identity Number (NIN)

In this article, we will be telling you all you need to know about National Identification Number and the steps to take when you want to register online.


What is NIN?

The National Identification Number (NIN), which is given to a person after successfully registering in the National Identity Database, is made up of 11 incomprehensible numbers selected randomly (NIDB).

A NIN is unique in that once assigned to a person, it cannot be changed, given to, or used by anyone else.

When a death certificate is given to the Commission and the individual’s demise is confirmed, the NIN of that person is retired.

The NIN is used to establish or authenticate an individual’s identification and to link all records about that person in the database.

All Nigerian citizens and residents over the age of 0 (birth) are eligible to register for NINs.

For those who have enrolled for theirs, you can check out our last article on How to Check Your NIN and USSD Code To Check Nin on MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile

Why Would You Need a NIN?

So that others can reach you, you have a phone number. To help others identify you, obtain your National Identification Number.

After you enroll, NIMC issues you a National Identification Number (NIN), a special number that serves as your permanent identification.

During verification and authentication, it is used to match you with your biometric information and other information in the National Identity Database.

You will use your NIN to open personal bank accounts, obtain your driver’s license, obtain your Permanent Voters’ Card, participate in the National Health Insurance Scheme, obtain your National e-ID card, and travel (international passport application & acquisition). The NIN is set to be used for all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification.

The NIN is set to be utilized for all exchanges in Nigeria requiring personality checks so you’ll involve your NIN for

  • Travel and getting your National e-ID card (international passport application & acquisition)
  • Obtaining your National e-ID card
  • Establishing individual bank accounts
  • Obtaining a driving license
  • Permanent Voters’ Card
  • Installment of your duties (Tax)
  • Financial operations pertaining to your contributing pension plan
  • Admittance to government assistance and other significant administrations from the Nigerian Government.
  • Exchanges with federal retirement aide suggestions
  • Land exchanges subject to the Land Use Act
  • Some other exchanges NIMC may so endorse and list in the National Government Newspaper

To ensure effective coordination of activities, NIMC is working with several agencies across Nigeria that deal with the aforementioned services to harmonize and integrate data.

How do I enrol for NIN?

NIN Enrolment involves the recording of a person’s demographic information, as well as the taking of ten (10) fingerprints, a head-to-shoulder photo, and a digital signature. These are all used to cross-check the data already present in the National Identity Database to ensure that the same information has not already been entered.

You must apply on the NIMC Pre-Enrolment Portal and follow the instructions provided therein in order to obtain a National Identification Number.

Please take notice that applicants needing help filling out the enrollment form can visit the enrollment center, where a support officer will help them enter the necessary information on the enrollment form accurately.

Supporting Documents

If you have a BVN, enter the nearest NIMC Enrolment Center with it and one of the requisite original and valid supporting documents listed below:

  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:

Download and print the pre-enrolment slip after completing the online pre-enrolment form.

  • Visit the Pre-Enrolment Portal to complete the NIMC Pre-Enrolment online form.
  • The required fields must all be filled out entirely and accurately.
  • Print your Pre Enrolment Slip by downloading it.

Step 2:

Application to be Filled Out

  • You can bring any of the following Original and Valid supporting documents to the nearest NIMC Registration Center.


  • You will be led to a counter at the enrollment center, where an enrollment officer will check that all of the information on your application is present and in conformity.


  • The enrollment officer will direct you to continue with the biometric data collection if your application is in order (ten fingerprints and facial images). The Transaction ID Slip will be handed to you as proof of the transaction.


  • A literate person who can fill out the application on their behalf should accompany applicants who cannot read or write.
  • Parents or legal guardians who are able to complete the application on their behalf should accompany minor applicants.
  • Only an original, current birth certificate and the NIN slip of one of the Nigerian parents or guardians should be shown by minor candidates.

Step 3:

Issue of NIN

  • The National Identification Number (NIN) Slip typically takes 2 to 3 working days to be issued after the biometric information is collected at enrollment centers.
  • Due to the verification of information at NIMC, the issue of NIN may take longer in some circumstances. VFS has no obligation to accelerate in such situations.
  • The applicant must properly save the Transaction ID Slip since it must be produced while collecting the NIN Slip, which signifies the successful completion of enrollment.

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