National identification number


National Identification Number: How to enroll for a national ID card

National Identification Number: How to enroll for a national ID card

National identification number – If you are a Nigerian without a national ID card yet, this is not in your best interest.

The idea behind the Nigeria’s national ID card is that in the near future there are services you may not be able to access without the National Identification Number.

For example, you may not be able to process a driver’s license, international passport and several other services without the NIN.

Recently, there’s a case to replace the “BVN” with the NIN.

Imagine if you cannot access your money in the bank because you do not have a national ID card.

Do you think Nigeria will not stay true to this proclamation? You must be a good student of history to recall that the introduction of the “BVN” threw several Nigerians off balance.

It was a case of no BVN linked to your bank account, no cash withdrawal and it was as simple as that.

How Nigerians are reacting to the national ID card

Several Nigerians are beginning to understand how necessary it is to get the national ID card and that on its own is highly commendable.

Given this, if you are yet to enroll for a national identification number I implore you to do that forthwith.

In any case, this guide is meant to show you how to go about it in simple steps.

Why you need the NIN

The NIN is meant to provide you with a unique identity, every Nigerian must be identified with a number, the federal government has empowered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure every Nigerian is duly registered.

You should also understand that the use of NIN will provide and improve adequate security since everyone will be tied to a specific number.

Other applications of NIN include but not limited to

  • Opening of bank account
  • Obtaining certain documents like; driver’s license, voter’s card registration, UTME registration, and the international passport.
  • With NIN rendering tax returns and monitoring becomes easy to manage and administer.

There are several applications of the national identification number in recent Nigeria.

Who can enroll for the NIN?

Both adults and children are free to enroll so long they are legal residents and Nigerian citizens.

To qualify as an adult on the enrollment platform you should be 16 years and above.

How to enroll for NIN

Kindly visit any NIMC enrollment centre in your location with your BVN and any other document in the following category,

  • Voter’s card
  • International passport
  • Certificate of origin
  • Old plastic national ID card
  • Driver’s license
  • Tax clearance certificate if you have any, NHIS ID card, etc.

This means to say that you should visit the enrolment centre with your BVN and any of the aforesaid documents.

How adults can enroll

Walk into any NIMC enrollment centre with your Bank Verification Number (BVN) accompanied by any other document as mentioned below

  • Voter’s card
  • International passport
  • Certificate of origin
  • Old plastic national ID card
  • Driver’s license
  • Tax clearance certificate if you have any, NHIS ID card
  • School ID card for private or public school, valid immigration document, etc.

Having arrived the enrolment centre the following steps will be taken to get you enrolled

Step 1. Walk into the NIMC enrolment centre with your supporting documents

Step 2. You will be verified which aim is to ascertain if you have been enrolled in the past using the national identification number verification portal

Step 3. You will be issued an enrolment form to fill thereafter

Step 4. Your forms will be vetted by NIMC official to crosscheck the information provided on the form against that contained on your supporting documents.

If you cannot read or write it is advisable that such applicant be accompanied by a literate

Step 5. Having crosschecked, your information will be inputted on the NIMC portal

Step 6. On completion of the enrolment a transaction ID slip will be issued to you, you will be advised to come back for the national identification number within 1-5 working days. Thereafter a NIN slip will be issued.

How to enroll minors ( 0-15 years)

If you are a minor age 0-15 years and a legal resident, you can have access to the national ID card too.

You are required to provide the below requirements, not optional but mandatory

  • Parent or guardian NIN slip
  • Supporting document and evidence of prove of the guardian to the minor
  • Registered birth certificate/age declaration of the minor
  • Minors must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian

Other supporting documents include,

  • Birth certificate
  • Declaration of age
  • School ID card private/public
  • NHIS ID card
  • Attestation letter from prominent ruler
  • Attestation letter from religious or traditional leader.

Frequently asked questions

Which bank can I register for National ID card?

Some banks usually have a dedicated point to provide this service in the peak of NIN registration, but recently this has changed.

You may have to visit NIMC enrolment centers in your location now.

National identity card registration centers?

Follow this link for the list of NIMC approved enrolment centres, the national identification card registration forms are offered at the NIMC enrolment centres

Can I register for a national ID card twice?

The simple answer is NO.

This is why you will be scrutinized at the enrolment centre to ensure you have not been enrolled on the platform.

How to check my national identification number?

Kindly follow this link, I have written a guide on how to check your NIN and link it to various Mobile networks like MTN, GLO, Airtel, and 9Mobile.

How to check if my national ID card is ready?

Kindly follow the below steps to check your national ID card status

  • Visit the NIMC website
  • Scroll down the home page, then click on “e-ID card status portal” to see if your ID card is ready.
  • Fill in your details first name, last name, and the NIMC check tracking ID, then click on the check now icon to see the status of your ID card.


You can have access to a National Identification Number by enrolling on the NIMC portal through any of its centers.

Both adults and minors who are legal residents can access the NIN slip on the provision of compulsory and other supporting documents.

The process of enrollment is a stiff one, details are being crosschecked rigorously to match whatever is found on the supporting documents against what has been completed on a form by an applicant.

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