How To Register For National Identification Number (NIN) in Nigeria

The National Identification Number is no doubt a necessity for all citizens of the country. Hardly will an individual be able to anything official without the use of the NIN. It is now mandatory for anyone trying to register for International Passport to have a National Identification Number (NIN).

Also, as recently as last year, the Joint Matriculation Admission Board (JAMB) gave a mandate that all applicants must have a National Identification Number before they can apply for JAMB.

These and many other reasons have made the registration of National Identification Number (NIN) a stressful process because of the number of people trying to register, especially the Jambites.

Interestingly, in this article, we will be explaining some ‘do it yourself’ process which will alleviate the stress of going through some of the rigorous processes of doing the registration from scratch.

Apparently, there are just six basic steps for ‘do it yourself’ registration, find below.

Steps to Registering for NIN 2020

Step 1

The first thing that every applicant should do is click

to create an account for pre-enrolment registration.

Step 2

Applicant fills the Enrolment Form online, prints out a summary sheet with a 2D Barcode and heads to any NIMC Enrolment Centre.

Step 3

The applicant verifies and confirms the enrolment data on the system.

Step 4

An applicant has his/her headshot photograph, fingerprints and signature captured.

Step 5

An applicant has his/her supporting documents scanned.

Step 6

Applicant’s enrolment is acknowledged; two slips are generated and given to the applicant: (a) Transaction Slip (b) NIN Slip indicating completion of enrolment.

Note: This six-step is not an end itself, they are just a means to a quick end. After completing the online registration, applicants still need to proceed to the nearest enrolment Centre for biometrics capturing in order to obtain the National Identification Number (NIN).

Moreso, there are some important things to note in the process of registering. An applicant can only apply once.

National Identity Management Commission has a strong database. Hence, it stores all data completely. If you have applied before, the Automated Biometric Information A (ABIS) will automatically detect any defaulter. Consequently, anyone found guilty of that offense will be made to face severe disciplinary action by the law. So in your best interest, make sure you register only once and for all.

Find below some of the things that the NIN is used for

  • obtaining your National e-ID card
  • travel (international passport application & acquisition)
  • opening personal bank accounts
  • getting your driver’s license
  • obtaining your Permanent Voters’ Card
  • participating in the National Health Insurance Scheme
  • payment of your taxes
  • transactions related to your contributory pension scheme
  • access to welfare and other relevant services from the Nigerian Government
  • transactions with social security implications
  • land transactions subject to the Land Use Act
  • any other transactions NIMC may so prescribe and list in the Federal Government Gazette.
  • JAMB Reg

Obviously, obtaining the National Identification Number is as important as breathing itself. Follow the process aforementioned for a smooth registration process.


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