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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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 identity management system and regulate the identity sector. (NIMC Act 2007; Sections 1, 2, 5 and 6).

What is NIMC setup to do (Mandate)?

  • To operate and manage the National Identity Management System (NIMS).
  • Carry out enrolment of citizens and legal residents and issue a unique National Identification Number (NIN).
  • After enrolment, issue a National e-ID Card which is also called a Smart General Multi-Purpose Card (GMPC).
  • Manage the National Identity Database (NIDB).
  • Harmonize and integrate all databases in the country into one centralized identity (The NIMC database).
  • Verification and authentication of citizens’ identity via the platform to be provided by NIMC.

What is National Identity Management System (NIMS) ?

National Identity Management System (NIMS) is the infrastructure that is responsible for the management of the NIMC mandate.

What are the benefits of the NIMS?

  • Uniquely Identifying Individuals
  • It provides a platform where no one is excluded socially or financially
  • Transforms the delivery of social welfare programs, especially those cut off from such benefits.
  • It enables people to claim their entitlement.
  • It helps to eliminate duplicate identities.
  • It helps to eliminate fraud.
  • Reduces cost of resources as infrastructures are shared.

What is the National Identification Number (NIN)?

The National Identification Number-NIN (pronounced as “Neen”) is a unique number issued to a successful enrolled individual This number is randomly generated and it is issued for life.

Who should register and get a NIN?

All citizens and legal residents are eligible to enroll for their National Identification Number (NIN).

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 your 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 the NIN used for?

The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual into the National Identity Database and is also used as a valid means of establishing or verifying individual identity.

I am no longer in the location where I registered, can I transfer my National e-ID card to my current location?

Please go to our nearest Centers and fill a card transfer form.

I have lost my National e-ID card, what do I do?

Go to our nearest Center office and fill out a form for replacement.

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