In this guide, you will be shown “How to apply for NIN online” online and then finalize the enrollment process at any NIMC enrollment center.
Instead of standing behind a long queue of people at the NIMC office, waiting for your turn to process the NIN enrollment, you will be shown a “do-it-yourself” method that will fasten up the process of getting a NIN.
It can be done anywhere you are, you just need to visit the pre-enrolment portal and fill in personal data about you.
This data summary sheet will be printed out along with a 2D barcode and taken to any NIMC office near you. It will be scanned there and your bio-metric data such as fingerprint, signature, and a head-shot photograph of you will be captured by the NIMC enrollment officer.
PS: The online “do-it-yourself” method is just an initial step, the only benefit is your NIN enrollment process will be much easier and faster to get. You still need to visit any NIMC center near you to get your bio-metric data captured for finalization.
Without wasting any more time, let’s get started…
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What is NIN?
The NIN (National Identification Number) is an 11-digit random set of unique numbers assigned to every Nigerian citizen by the system after enrollment into the Nigerian National Identity Database.
This is how you’re going to be identified by the government as a Nigerian citizen anywhere you go.
All personal records about you will be tied to this unique number assigned to you, whether you travel abroad, get a driver’s license, obtain a PVC (Permanent Voters Card), pay your taxes and so many other activities that can be recorded.
The NIN is so unique that the set of numbers assigned to you can’t be assigned to anybody else as long as you’re alive. Your NIN will be diminished by the system if only your death certificate is presented to the NIMC.
All Nigerian citizens are eligible to enroll for their NIN right from the day they were born.
Now that you know what the NIN is and its importance, let’s look at how you can enroll for and obtain a NIN.
You may choose to fill the pre-enrolment form online and print the summary sheet out with a 2D barcode or download and print out the pre-enrolment form for block letters filling.
After filling out the form, your bio-metric data still needs to be captured at any NIMC office when enrolling for NIN, this will be used to check whether existing data is already present in the Nigerian National Identity Database.
Follow the below step-by-step procedures for a speedy NIN application process:
Step 1: Fill up and download the pre-enrolment form