The National Identification Number NIN is a unique 11-digit number that is assigned to every citizen and legal resident of Nigeria by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The NIN is used to verify a person’s identity and to link their biometric and demographic data to the National Identity Database (NIDB).
The NIN is one of four valid means of identification in Nigeria, along with the passport, driver’s license, and voter’s card. However, the NIN is becoming increasingly important as it is the only identifier that is linked to the NIDB. This means that the NIN can be used to verify a person’s identity across a wide range of government and private sector services.
For example, the NIN is required to open a bank account, to get a SIM card, and to apply for a government job. The NIN is also being used to verify the identities of voters, to track the progress of social programs, and to combat crime.
If you do not have a NIN, you can get one by enrolling at a NIMC registration center. The enrollment process is free and takes about 30 minutes. Once you have enrolled, you will be issued a NIN slip that contains your NIN and other personal information.
How to check the NIN number using phone
To check your NIN on any SIM (MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile) on your phone, dial *346#.
Your NIN number is always linked to your phone number and can be retrieved anytime even if you misplaced your printout. Simply follow these steps:
- dial *346#
- From the options displayed, select “NIN Retrieval”, by typing in ‘1’ (only if you are using the same phone number you enrolled with for your NIN)
- Follow the steps displayed on your screen and provide the required inputs
- The NIN is displayed.
Note that using this service attracts a
N20 (twenty naira) fee-only (deducted from your phone credit balance).
The NIN is an important part of Nigeria’s national identity infrastructure. It is a secure and reliable way to verify a person’s identity, and it is becoming increasingly essential for accessing government and private sector services.
Here are some additional benefits of having a NIN:
- It can help you to protect your identity from fraud and theft.
- It can make it easier to open bank accounts, get loans, and rent apartments.
- It can help you to access government services, such as healthcare and education.
- It can help you to travel internationally.
If you do not have a NIN, I encourage you to get one as soon as possible. It is a valuable asset that can help you to improve your life in many ways.