"Your National Identification Number does not expire," says NIMC on Twitter.
The national identity card has been phased out, according to the NIMC. The agency also urged everyone who has yet to enroll in NIN to do so. "The previous national identity card has been phased out." " If you still have your old ID card, you should register for a National Identification Number (NIN)."
However, some government agencies may still request to see it during application processes or when you update your information with them. You should carry your card with you whenever you go outside Nigeria because security checks may be required.
In case your card is lost, stolen, destroyed or not working properly, you will need to obtain new one. The process is similar regardless of where you live in Nigeria. You can obtain a new card from any of the Federal Government offices located across the country.
People usually lose their ID cards due to theft, loss, or damage. To protect yourself from being denied access to public services if this happens, it's important to include detailed instructions about how to contact each service provider you use. Some services have mobile apps or online systems that allow you to add extra details about yourself. Review these methods along with our guide to accessing Nigerian public services if you're having trouble finding information about how to protect your privacy.
It is recommended to take a copy of your card for reference and safety reasons. However, not all service providers accept copies as valid forms of identification.
Visit the website of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Scroll down to the bottom of the main page and click on "e-ID Card Status Portal" to see if your card is ready for activation. Fill in your first and last names, as well as your NIMC check tracking ID, and then click the "check now" button. If all goes well, you should get a message confirming that your card is ready for use.
Your National Identification Number (NIN) is used to link all records about you in the National Identity Database-demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data, and digital signature-making it relatively easy to confirm and verify your identity when you engage in certain activities. The NIN is also used to authenticate your identity when you apply for a job or even when you sign up for a new service.
The National Identity Database includes information on more than 10 million Americans obtained through naturalization ceremonies, local and state driver's license offices, Social Security Administration offices, and immigration agencies. The database is maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and is freely available to public safety organizations that work with fingerprint images for criminal justice purposes.
Fingerprinting is one method employed by law enforcement to identify individuals who may not be readily identifiable by other means. A print taken from the hand or foot of an individual is called a handprint or footprint. Handprints are useful in identifying criminals who have been photographed committing crimes as well as suspects who were never photographed but whose handprint was found at the scene of the crime. Footprints are useful in determining a person's size, shape, and style of shoe. They can also reveal how often a person walks around their home town-if they are missing frequently, there might be a problem inside the house.
According to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) website, 54 million Nigerians have been registered as of May 2021. Enrollment, issue of the NIN (National Identification Number*), and ID card are all free of charge and managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
An individual cannot apply for an ID card unless he or she is below 18 years old, has a valid national identity number, and satisfies other requirements such as being in full time education. As well, only natural born citizens are eligible to apply. If you are already registered with the NIMC, there is no fee for updating your information.
In addition to being used for voting, obtaining a driver's license, opening a bank account, and many other activities, the card is also useful for travel within Nigeria because it is required for entry into some countries. The NIMC website states that "the card may be used as proof of identity when making telephone calls, sending emails, or registering at government offices."
However, not everyone accepts the card as a form of identification. Some organizations may require another form of identification in addition to the card if you want to apply for a job or access a service that requires identification.
The card contains an integrated circuit chip that stores your information including name, address, photo, and signature. It can also store documents such as a copy of your birth certificate or passport.