How To Enrol And Get National Identification Number (NIN)

This article is for people who have not obtained their National Identification Number (NIN), especially candidates who will be registering for UTME. This identification number is a requirement for successful JAMB registration.

JAMB has made an official announcement that all candidates who will be registering for UTME must have NIN. JAMB made the quoted words below on the official tweeter page.

All Candidates wishing to take the 2024 UTME must have the National Identification Number (NIN). Prospective candidates are urged to visit the nearest @nimc_ng office for their capturing. The Board would ONLY register candidates with NIN.

JAMB is already working with NIMC. There would be only one capturing by @nimc_ng which JAMB would use for registration. JAMB will NOT be capturing again.

Schools can make arrangements for their students to be captured. This NIN is very important, not only for JAMB Registration but also for national security.


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The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non-intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual after enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB). The NIN helps to tie all records about a person in the database and is used to verify the identity. Once a NIN is assigned to an individual, it can never be reassigned, given, or used by another person – making it unique.

How do I enrol for NIN?

NIN Enrolment consists of the recording of an individual’s demographic data and capture of ten (10) fingerprints, a head-to-shoulder facial picture, and a digital signature, which are all used to cross-check existing data in the National Identity Database to confirm that there is no previous entry of the same data.

Supporting Documents

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:

  1. Old National ID Card
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  4. Nigerian International passport
  5. Certificate of Origin
  6. Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  7. Birth certificate
  8. Declaration of age
  9. Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  10. NHIS ID card
  11. Government staff ID card
  12. Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  13. School ID Card (private/public)
  14. Tax Clearance certificate
  15. Valid immigration documents


  • Step 1: Fill up the pre-enrolment form online, download and print the pre-enrolment Slip
  • Step 2: Submit Your Application
  • Step 3: NIN issuance

Finally, when you want to go and collect your NIN, a second slip called the National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is issued. The NIN Slip has your 11-digit number at the top left corner, second row.

After you have been issued your NIN and you mistakenly forgotten it, you can take the steps below to obtain it back

  • Dial *346#
  • From the options displayed, select “NIN Retrieval”, by typing in ‘1’, 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
  • This service attracts an N20 fee deducted from your phone credit balance.

Bolarinwa Olajire

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