In this article we outlined the most basic procedures for any student to obtain his or her National Identification Number (NIN). As of now, candidates who have registered and obtained their NINs will be able to register for the 2022 JAMB UTME. The importance of obtaining your NIN now cannot be overstated, as it may result in a student’s inability to complete certain important tasks in school or NYSC in the near future, thus the need to obtain it now .
In light of this, we believe it is necessary to provide all students, as well as prospective UTME candidates, with instructions on how to register and obtain their NIN before the 2022 UTME registration period begins, which is expected to begin soon. Candidates for the 2022 UTME are also advised to begin studying for their exams .
Before we proceed to the steps to take in obtaining your Nin., Lets take a look at what is NIN.
What is NIN?
NIN is an abbreviation for National Identification Number. It is made up of 11 non-intelligible numbers that are chosen at random and assigned to an individual after their enrolment in the National Identity Database is complete (NIDB).
Once assigned to a person, a NIN can never be reassigned, given, or used by another person, making it unique in nature. When an individual dies, his or her NIN is retired once a death certificate is presented to the Commission and the individual’s death is established.
The NIN is used to link all of an individual’s records in the database and to establish or verify his or her identity. All citizens and legal residents of Nigeria, starting at the age of zero (birth), are eligible to apply for NINs.
First, Confirm if you already have a NIN.
How to Check if you already have a NIN
The first step before registering for your NIN is to see if you already have one. To find out, dial *346# on the phone you used to register for the NIN to retrieve your NIN. When your NIN is displayed, you can either take a screenshot or write it down somewhere. Please keep in mind that you are not permitted to share your NIN information on any social media platform. You may, however, share it if trusted institutions request it. Obtaining your NIN by dialing *346# is completely FREE on all Nigerian mobile networks, including MTN, AIRTEL, GLO, and 9mobile.
NIN Registration Process: If you don’t already have
Walk into the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre with your BVN if you have one and any of the following required Original and Valid supporting documents:
- Old National ID Card
- Driver’s License
- Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
- Nigerian International passport
- Certificate of Origin
- Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
- Birth certificate
- Declaration of age
- Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
- NHIS ID card
- Government staff ID card
- Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
- School ID Card (private/public)
- Tax Clearance certificate
- Valid immigration documents.
Enrolment at an Enrolment Center:
The entire registration process can be completed at an enrolment center. You will be required to book a schedule for your enrolment due to COVID-19 restrictions. To save time at the enrolment centre, you can download, print, and fill out the enrolment form at (https://nimc.gov.ng/), then go to one of the enrolment centers to finish the rest of the registration steps.
- Applicants are to walk into the enrolment Centre with a supporting document.
- Applicant will be verified to ascertain if he/she has ever enrolled using the NIN verification portal.
- Applicant will be issued an enrolment form to fill if he/she has not enrolled before. OR the printed Barcode slip (for those who applied online) will be collected if the applicant had pre-enrolled earlier using the pre-enrolment service.
- Applicant’s forms will be vetted by a NIMC Official to crosscheck the information filled on the form against the supporting document provided and to check for errors/mistake filled on the form. Note: applicants who cannot read nor write should be accompanied by a literate individual who can do the form filling for him/her.
- Applicant’s pre-filled information will be inputted on the NIMC Software by a NIMC enrolment officer or the Barcode slip will be scanned by the NIMC enrolment officer to populate all the required field.
- The enrolment officer will ask the applicant to double check his/her information for errors using the applicant monitor.
- If the applicant is satisfied with his/her demographic information, the biometrics (ten finger prints and facial image) of the applicant will be capture subsequently.
- After completing the enrolment, a Transaction ID Slip will be issued to the applicant as an evidence of the transaction. However, the Transaction slip does not confer the right to National Identification Number. The applicant will be requested to come back for the NIN within 1-5 working days, as it is subjected to availability of network, authentication and verification.
- A National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is issued to the applicants after processing.
- The National e-ID Card will be Issued to applicant within 12months after Issuance of NIN barring any unforeseen circumstances.
- Minor applicants (0-15 years of age) should be accompanied by parents / guardians and 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.
- The National e-ID Card will not be issued to minors until they become 16 years of age and above.
- In the case of a minor, after completion of enrollment, a text message will automatically be sent to the Applicant, Parent or guardian to come for update when they become 16 years of age.