Is a national ID card the same as a Nin?

Is a national ID card the same as a Nin?

Unlike the National Identification Number (NIN), which is assigned to all Nigerians and legal residents regardless of age, the National e-ID Card can only be granted to Nigerians enrolled in the National Identity System and legal residents aged 16 and up. The card will include an electronic copy of your photo, biometric data, and other information that will allow you to access NIS facilities online or by phone.

Why do I need a national identity card?

The e-ID card is required of all Nigerian citizens for identification purposes when accessing government services including health care, education, employment, and housing. It also plays a key role in securing funds transfers and tax payments electronically. In fact, without an e-ID card, these processes would not be possible because there would be no way to identify individuals or their accounts reliably enough to avoid fraud.

What does it cost to get an e-ID card?

The fee varies depending on how you want to register yourself for the card. If you go through a bank or financial institution, they may charge a registration fee. Otherwise, there is no charge for registering with the federal ministry that issues the cards.

Can someone else use my e-ID card?

Yes, but only those who have your written permission can access your personal information using the number.

Who can register for NIN?

The NIN is used to link all entries about an individual in the database and to confirm or validate his or her identification. All Nigerian nationals and legal residents aged zero (birth) and up are eligible to apply for NINs. Children under five years old are free to apply.

How does one get a NIN? One can apply online or through a National Identity Management (NIM) Center. The process takes about two hours overall. There is no charge for applying for a NIN.

Why should I register with NIN? Using your NIN is important when making any kind of credit report disclosure, such as for employment or other services that require verification of identity. Without this verification, it is impossible for credit reporting agencies to provide accurate reports on your credit history. Disclosing your identity also helps protect you from fraud. If someone obtains your NIN number by mistake and uses it information for fraudulent purposes, they will be able to see some but not all of your details on your credit file. This could help prevent identity theft.

What if I forget my NIN? You can reset your NIN by visiting your local NIM center. These centers can be found at major airports, ports, border crossings, and at many government offices across Nigeria. They usually offer rapid, convenient, and free service.

Is NIN the same as a national ID card?

It is vital to remember that the 11-digit National Identification Number (NIN) is not the same as the actual National e-ID Card. Without the e-ID card, the NIN may be used to verify digital identification on its own. However it will not replace the need for some form of photographic identification (PID) to prove your identity.

The e-ID card is an electronic version of PID that can be used in place of paper credentials to authenticate individuals' identities in order to access private or public information via the Internet. The e-ID card contains a unique number called the Electronic Signature Certificate (ESC), which is used to authenticate the user's identity and protect against fraud. The e-ID card also includes a hologram that serves as a deterrent to counterfeiters.

The e-ID card is necessary to access online services that demand it, such as social security numbers, credit histories, banking records, and employment data. States have the choice of whether or not to issue e-IDs as part of their ID programs. As of December 2008, only Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia had officially adopted e-ID legislation.

What are the requirements for NIN registration?

How do I apply for NIN?

  • Old National ID Card.
  • Driver’s License.
  • Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  • Nigerian International passport.
  • Certificate of Origin.
  • Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Declaration of age.

Is the national ID card free?

According to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) website, 54 million Nigerians have been registered as of May 2021. Enrollment, NIN (National Identification Number*) issuance, and ID card issuance are all free of charge and controlled by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

An individual can register online or by post. In addition to name, date of birth, gender, address, and photo, you will be asked for your occupation. If eligible, a NIN will be sent to you by mail. You must provide proof of identity when receiving your NIN by post or in person. If you don't, you will need to do so before you can use it.

You can update or change your information at any time by logging back in to the site. However, if you fail to do so within six months of registration, your ID will expire.

*The NIN is issued on identification cards that include a biometric template based on your facial features. It can also be embedded in other documents, such as driving licenses and bank notes.

In case of a failure to deliver the letter with your NIN, you can search for it by visiting the NIMC website or calling them on +234-80-904-6754. The commission will issue a new NIN after verifying that you are who you claim to be.

Does the national ID card expire?

The Nigerian national identity card is a synthetic (polycarbonate) card that measures around 3.4 by 2.1 inches (ibid. n.d.b). There is no expiration date on the card (ibid.).

In addition to serving as an official document, the card can be used for voting in general elections and referendums, which are typically held every four years. The last election was held on 9 February 2011, when President Umaru Yar'Adua won another five-year term.

The card is issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), a government agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior. As of December 2012, there were more than 18 million cards in use nationwide.

Although the card does not have an expiration date, those who lose their card may apply for a new one via the website, or by writing to the NIMC. In some cases, applicants may be required to provide additional information such as a recent photo of themselves.

For example, if you lost your card and cannot prove current address, then the police might ask you for alternative means of identification.

In Nigeria, what is the NIN number?

The National Identification Number (NIN) is a one-of-a-kind number that identifies you for the rest of your life and is assigned to you by NIMC following your enrollment. During verification and authentication, it is used to match you with your biometric data and other facts in the National Identity Database. It is also used to identify your remains after you die.

A NIN consists of nine numbers, without leading zeros. It can be split into three parts: the registration district number (RD), which is a number between 1 and 99; the section number (SN), which is another number between 1 and 9; and the identity number (ID), which is the last number of the NIN.

All citizens and residents of Nigeria are required by law to carry an ID card with them at all times. The ID card contains information about you such as name, address, photo, birth date, gender, email address, and NIN. The card is necessary for opening a bank account or obtaining any form of government document. If you lose your ID card, you can get a new one using the information on file with the National ID Office (NIO).

Citizens who were born in Nigeria or whose parents are Nigerian citizens do not need to register with NIO. However, anyone who has been living in Nigeria for less than 10 years and does not have a valid passport can do so by registering with NIO.

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Nicholas Byrom

Nicholas Byrom is the son of a police officer, and was raised in an environment where he learned to respect law enforcement. He went on to serve as a military police sergeant, which only strengthened his interest in becoming one. He's been serving for five years now, and loves every day that he gets to go out into the field.

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