Here is how you can get your NIN in UK. National Identification Number, also known as NIN is the unique number identifier, that identifies you for life and is issued to you by National Identity Management Commission, after your enrolment. It is used to match you with your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication
An estimated 21 million Nigerians who have not yet applied for a National Identification Number (NIN) are currently faced with two unworkable options: either they must ignore the increased COVID-19 existential health risk while waiting in NIN registration centers, or they must give up their phone service because their SIM is blocked if they don’t have a NIN.
The current NIN registration deadline presents special challenges for Nigerians living abroad. The added logistical and procedural costs for the NIN registration can be excessively discouraging given the travel restrictions and income limitations caused by the pandemic in their host countries.
Future financial transactions in Nigeria may have unfavorable difficulties due to the danger of having their Nigerian phone SIMs, which are connected to their bank accounts, blocked.
What is NIN?
The National Identity Management Commission issues you a National Identification Number, commonly known as a NIN, following enrollment. This number uniquely identifies you for life. During verification and authentication, it is used to match you with your biometric information and other information in the National Identity Database.
Is the NIN compulsory?
Yes the NIN is a compulsory. As long as you are a Nigerian, you have to enrol and get a NIN.
How Legal is the NIN?
Very Legal. It is part of the law in Nigeria. A copy of the NIMC Act 2007 can be viewed here. The National Identity Management Commission was established by federal legislation by the Nigerian federal government to manage people’s identities and personal information (NIMC). The federal law was created in 2007, but it wasn’t until the federal government threatened to disconnect mobile phone numbers without National Identification Numbers in 2020 that it gained popularity (NIN).
Lack of a national identification number is a crime
Nigeria is a democratic nation with written laws that govern it. In Nigeria, laws are what define criminal offenses. In Nigeria, nothing is illegal unless a documented federal or state legislation (including bye-laws by local government areas) specifically declares it to be so. Every person in Nigeria (whether a Nigerian or a foreigner, so long as the foreigner will remain in Nigeria for at least two years) must receive a National Identification Number under the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Act (NIN).
Can you get your NIN in UK?
Yes. Follow these steps: