Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN): Registration to Commence Soon

The National Identification Number (NIN) registration will soon commence at various enrolment centres all over Nigeria. Every citizen of Nigeria from the age of 16 years and above, and legal residents are eligible to enrol for the NIN. (Arrangements are also currently being made to ensure that all persons from birth can be registered and enrollment of biometrics from the age of five (5) can be achieved).

The Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN) is similar the United States of America’s Social Security Number (SSN). This is a set of numbers assigned to an individual by the government as a means of tracking its citizens, permanent and temporary residents for the purposes of work, taxation, government benefits, health care, and other government-related functions.

The NIN once issued to a person cannot be used again, (that is, it cannot be issued to another person even if the previous person is dead). It is the NIN that helps to tie all records about a person in the database and is used to check the identity verified.

This will be managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), established by Act No. 23 of 2007 whose primary goal is to foster the orderly development of an identity sector in Nigeria through the development of a modern and universally acceptable identity management infrastructure in Nigeria. The Act empowers NIMC to establish, manage, regulate and enforce an effective and secure Identity Assurance System that would facilitate the harmonization and integration of identity databases in government agencies, ensure sustainability, reliability and acceptance across diverse points and contexts and application of the verification and authentication services within and outside the country.

Enrollment 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. Once this (de-duplication) process is completed the data is then stored with a unique NIN that was assigned to it. The process is the same whether you choose the self-service or you require an assisted service.

There are different ways you can enrol for the NIN:

1.  Self Service Enrollment
Stage 1:

  • Applicant visits NIMC website: http://www.nimc.gov.ng to access the Enrollment Form or walks into an enrolment centre and use the self-service workstation.
  • Fills the Enrolment Form online and prints a summary sheet with a 2D Barcode and Registration ID number.
  • At the enrolment centre, the enrolment officer scans barcode to pull up the applicant data or uses the Registration ID Number to pull up the information from the database.

Alternatively,

  • Applicant walks into an enrolment centre and picks up an enrolment form.
  • Fills the enrolment form, providing the required demographic information.
  • Applicant approaches the enrolment officer who collects the completed form and inputs the details into the enrolment portal.

Stage 2: Applicant verifies and confirms the enrolment data on the system.
Stage 3: Applicant has his photograph, finger print captured.
Stage 4: Applicant has his supporting documents scanned.
Stage 5: Enrolment is acknowledged and a slip is generated and given indicating completion of enrolment.
Stage 6: Applicant leaves the enrolment centre.

2.  Assisted-Service
Stage 1: Applicant walks into enrolment centre and request for enrolment assistance.
Stage 2: A support officer assists applicant in picking and filling the enrolment form.
Stage 3. Applicant approaches an enrolment officer who collects the completed form and inputs the details into the enrolment portal.
Stage 4: Applicant verifies and confirms the enrolment data on the system.
Stage 5: Applicant has his photograph, finger print captured.
Stage 6: Applicant has his supporting documents scanned.
Stage 7: Enrolment is acknowledged and a slip is generated and given indicating completion of enrolment.
Stage 8: Applicant leaves the enrolment centre.

3.  Mobile-Service
Stage 1: Applicant goes to a mobile enrolment station.
Stage 2: Request an enrolment form and fill it or request a support officer to provide assistance.
Stage 3. Applicant approaches an enrolment officer who collects the completed form and inputs the details into the enrolment portal.
Stage 4: Applicant verifies and confirms the enrolment data on the system.
Stage 5: Applicant has his photograph, finger print captured.
Stage 6: Applicant has his supporting documents scanned.
Stage 7: Enrolment is acknowledged and a slip is generated and given indicating completion of enrolment.
Stage 8: Applicant leaves the enrolment centre.

After the completion of the enrolment process, you will be informed of the date and time for collection of the National Identification Number (NIN). NIN can only be collected by an individual after biometric verification where you previously enrolled and not by proxy.

There are Registration Centers in all the 36 NIMC State offices in the capital of each State and FCT, and with time there will also be centers in all the 774 Local Government offices nationwide. There are also plans to establish additional registration centers and mobile registration centers in strategic locations for easy access to enrolment.

For more details on enrollment, Click here.

Click here to view the registration centres

Enrollment process Chart

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  1. HELLO AM IGNATIUS PAUL FROM PORTHATRCOURT I WANT TO NO WHEN AND WHERE IS THIS ENROLLMENT TAKING PLACE OK YOU CAN ALERT MY NUMBER BELOW IF NECCESSARY.

    PHONE:+2347056497788

  2. why is the nimc website not available for easy enrollment as stated in your steps.Although i’ve done mine,what of others that can’t afford to spend long hours at the centres as a result of their job schedule.pls do something about access to your enrollment website

  3. If given the opportunity, i will be very much interested to work as one the enumerator for this registration. Thanks

  4. I did regstred since 2month, but i did’nt get the card up to now. It is not regstrd? Or i have a problem?

  5. Brethren be on ur guared so dat u ar nt dcivd. Wot kind of No ar u going 4? Am sure its nt d no of d beast(ANTICHRIST 666)? By d way, y ar dey numberin u? Ar u domestic animals? Pls Think abt dis b4 u sale ur soul.

  6. Brethren be on ur guared so dat u ar nt dcivd. Wot kind of No ar u going 4? Am sure its nt d no of d beast(ANTICHRIST 666)? By d way, y ar dey numberin u? Ar u domestic animals? Pls Think abt dis b4 u sale ur soul.

  7. as for me i dont see anything wrong in identification number,if it is properly handled by the agency it should be used to control the crime rate in the contry.whoever commit crime can easily be identified through the persons bio-data registered. +I LIVe@IJANIKIN and I wILL LiKE TO BE a center coordinator in my LCDA.

  8. as for me i dont see anything wrong in identification number,if it is properly handled by the agency it should be used to control the crime rate in the contry.whoever commit crime can easily be identified through the persons bio-data registered. +I LIVe@IJANIKIN and I wILL LiKE TO BE an NNIM AGENT in my LCDA.

  9. the bible say “dont be ignorate of d devicese of the ememy “. These number d r talkin of is simply d mark of d beast, if not y does it have to com in 3 figures ( NIN ) and why must it b connected to ur taxztion, works, health care n bank account? Pls tink twce anti- christ are comin out gradually clamin to b technologies. There is no time left u have to know were u blong to wether to accept d mark of d beast or accept christ

  10. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in this NIN. If there was, my God wouldn’t hide anything from me. I knw whom i believe in. He won’t let me fall into any evil hand. Pls friends dnt be dismayed. U ar in God’s hands.

  11. This NIN Program, to me, is a replica of the one being done by the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), which is currently on-going across the state. I did mine early August: All the highlighted processes of registration are 100% the same. Are the two meant for the same purpose, & can somebody use one in lieu of the other? Besides, what happens to the registered person in the case of misplacing his/her number, whether it is printed on a paper or on a plastic card, bearing in mind that it is once-in -a-lifetime thing?

  12. people can say whatever they want in order to dismay others! But the question is do you really belive in Jesus Christ? Ask yourself and answer yourself. As for me I know the God i serve. So no weapon formed against me shall prosper. NIN simply mean national identification number. Its not a Mark! Its just like our former Identity card. So don’t panic or dismay others with your false believe. Remember it is revealed that the Mark of the Beast will be impleted on the fore head or the right thumb.

  13. Pls. To whom it may concern the only one center at 285 Aba Rd is not enough. This exercise is taking full one day.also the staff strenght is too poor especially the computer operators.staff should be assigned to specific duties. Tanks

  14. I am one of the person who register but my finger print were not able to be captured, so, I was informed that I will be called for the finger print, but uptil now no one call or give me reason for not calling me. I registered at federal secretariat complex Dutse. So what can I do?

  15. Indeed I must confess that, the ongoing NIN registration process at Port Harcourt was fairly credible compare to other gov’t agencies. Though there is shortage of manpower which tends to make the process a bit clumsy. Let me use this medium to advise the DG to maintain this spirit of commitment and patriotism, and more so step up the game to improve the Port Harcourt Centre in terms of manpower and facilities. THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU.

  16. How can i locate 238 aba road port harcourt. Pls, can someone help me with it. D bus stop and the popular building around it

  17. The exercise is highly. Commendable but. More centres are required for quicker districtbution of the card. More public awareness is suggested

  18. I am Suleiman, and currently resident in Suleja, Niger State. Can i pls know the NIN registration Centre in or nearest to Suleja? Thank you.

  19. All the best fellow Nigeria whatever it may be remember that Our God is always there, but one thhng is certain and that is if they can make through such way that it will not be divercfied by our so call ruler because this all about personal security along with new age computer programming app, which is likely be reprogramme by the oga at the top people who knows how to bend law and constitution to make their way. So my country people always do what is right to do, and also this is another new development we have been wating for long time period i mean people that knows it worthy. Thanks

  20. In enugu north the enrollment officers are haulding the forms, if they don’t tell u that they were not given money to fuel their generator, they will tell u there is no form. The form comes out only when they see p’ple they know or who can giv money

  21. am from katsina state were a have an advice to gov that pls help the people in this country,stop crime,&killing pple just like that,cos everyone knows what its happining in this country &unemployement to the youth pls what do you want us to do?

  22. am from katsina state were a have an advice to gov that pls help the people in this country,stop crime,&killing pple just like that,cos everyone knows what its happining in this country &unemployement to the youth pls what do you want us to do?

  23. I’ve wait for so long when can I get my national I’d card,I registered it since 2010 till now no way.I need it.

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