National Identity Management Commission
Upwell Finance, LLC, in collaboration with Kevonne Consults Limited, is an Official Diaspora Enrollment Partner of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) licensed to provide data capture and enrolment services for the issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN) and other related services to Nigerian citizens in the Diaspora who require such services in a country outside of Nigeria, within our designated office premises and/or identified site/mobile locations.
The National Identity Management Commission was established by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 with the mandate to establish, own, operate, maintain and manage the National Identity Database in Nigeria, register persons covered by the Act, assign a Unique National Identification Number (NIN) and issue General Multi-Purpose Cards (GMPC) to those who are citizens of Nigeria as well as others legally residing within the country.
In 2019, NIMC commenced the Diaspora enrolment exercise aimed at capturing Nigerians living outside the country into the National Identity Database thereby ensuring they also benefit from the acquisition of their National Identification Numbers (NIN). The National Identification Number (NIN) consists of 11 non- intelligible numbers randomly chosen and assigned to an individual at the completion of enrollment into the National Identity Database (NIDB). Once a NIN is assigned to an individual, it can never be reassigned, given or used by another person.
In the case of the demise of an individual, his/her NIN is retired once a death certificate is presented to the Commission and the individual’s death is established. The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is also used to establish or verify his/her identity. All Nigerian citizens and legal residents in Nigeria, from age zero (birth) and above are eligible to enroll for the NIN.
The NIN should be closely guarded by individuals and not revealed to all and sundry except to relevant authorities when requested (for instance it shouldn’t be disclosed online over social media and should not be printed along with contact details on business cards or other office stationery.
Schedule when you wish to come to our office to complete your enrollment (data capture) for your NIN.
What is NIMC (National Identity Management Commission)?
The NIMC (pronounced as “Neem-See”) is the primary legal institution in Nigeria mandated by law to institutionalize the identity management system and regulate the identity sector. (NIMC Act 2007; Sections 1, 2, 5 and 6).
What is the National Identification Number (NIN)?
The National Identification Number-NIN (pronounced as “Neen”) is a unique number issued by NIMC to a successful enrolled individual. This number is randomly generated and it is issued for life.
Who should register and get a NIN?
All Nigerian citizens and legal residents are eligible to enroll for the National Identification Number (NIN).
What is the NIN used for?
The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual into the National Identity Database and it is also used as a valid means of establishing or verifying individual identity.
How can I get my NIN?
Upon successful enrolment, a Transaction Slip is issued. The applicant is informed when to come for collection of his/her NIN. A second slip called the National Identification Number (NIN) Slip is issued when the applicant returns to collect his/her NIN. The NIN Slip has the 11 Digit Number at the top left corner, second row. This is the slip that contains the NIN and is valid for all legitimate transactions in Nigeria.
What is Diaspora Enrolment?
NIMC with the help of accredited vendors are enrolling all Nigerians both within and outside Nigeria to avail Nigerians in the Diaspora the benefits of being included in the National Identity Database. For more Diaspora specific information, click here.
What documents do I need?
If you have a BVN, produce any of the following original and valid documents: 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, Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader, NHIS ID card, Government Staff ID Card, Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card, School ID Card (private/public), Tax Clearance certificate, Valid immigration documents. However, if you don’t have a BVN, produce your Nigerian International Passport or your parent’s Nigerian International Passport to prove your Nigerian descent and another document from the list above.
NIN registration is free in Nigeria, why do Nigerians in Diaspora have to pay for it?
The fees for Diaspora registration go into infrastructure, operational, administrative costs, and other expenses incurred in bringing the services to the doorsteps of Nigerians in the Diaspora. These costs are borne by NIMC Diaspora partners and accredited vendors whereas in Nigeria the fees are subsidized by the government. NIMC Diaspora partners charge the recommended fees for Diaspora enrolment to enable Nigerians in the Diaspora benefit from being included in the National Identity Database.
How long does it take for the NIN to be ready?
It usually takes between 1-5 working days for your NIN to be ready for collection at the ERC after registration but you can opt to pay for mailing with tracking to have it mailed to you.
Can I display my NIN along with my contact details on cards or social media?
No. The NIN is your unique identification number to be protected like your ATM/Debit/Credit card number or PIN. It is neither a receipt number nor a certificate number.
Will the NIN be tied to personal bank accounts?
The NIN is being harmonized with BVN (biometric verification number) for Nigeria banks account but it is not harmonized to other non-Nigeria bank accounts
Do I need to re-enroll again if I forget my NIN?
No. You do not need to enroll again. Go to the nearest ERC to you and produce your phone number, DOB or fingerprints and your NIN will be given to you.
I lost my NIN Slip, how can I obtain another one?
Pay the applicable fee at your nearest ERC and request for a NIN slip print.
Why is the National e-ID card given to individuals from 16 years and above?
The NIN is issued to every individual who has successfully enrolled but the card is given to 16 years and above in accordance with the NIMC Act which stipulates that the card be given to 16 years and above.
I have lost or damaged my National e-ID card, what do I do?
Kindly report this to the nearest NIMC or ERC office.