How to Register for NIN within 30 Minutes

The Nigerian National Identity Number also known as NIN is an important number every Nigerian must have. It was introduced in 2012 and since then the Federal Government is trying to make it the most accepted means of identification in the country.

Recently, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Commission also made it mandatory that candidates registering for JAMB exams henceforth must have a valid National Identification Number (NIN).

What is NIN?

NIN is an acronym for National Identification Number. It is a unique 11 digit number given to every Nigerian after successful registration of the new Nigerian national identity card.

Nigerian National Identity Card

There are no age limitations as parents of children from 0-15 years can register their children as minors. The National Identification Management Commission (the agency responsible for registering and issuing the new National Identity number and card) has written an article on how to register minors for NIN.

Uses of the National Identification Number (NIN)

  1. Bank Account Opening.
  2. JAMB Registration.
  3. Sim card registration.
  4. International Passport.
  5. Drivers license.
  6. Business name and company registration.
  7. Payment of Taxes.

Requirements  for NIN

Visit an NIMC registration centre with your Bank Verification Number (not compulsory) and any means of identification (compulsory). The following means of identification are accepted;

  1. Voters card (Temporary or permanent).
  2. Old National ID card.
  3. School ID card.
  4. Birth Certificate.
  5. Declaration of age (can be gotten at a court).
  6. Certificate of Origin (can be gotten from your state liaison office).
  7. Attestation letter from Religious leader or Traditional leader.
  8. Nigerian International Passport.
  9. Government staff ID card.
  10. National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card.
  11. Tax clearance certificate.
  12. Drivers license.

Quick Centres for NIN Registrations (Lagos)

Do you want to complete your NIN registration as quick as possible? If you live in Lagos state, these are the NIN registration centres you should consider first.

1. University of Lagos (UNILAG) NIMC Registration Centre

Property Management Building, Faculty of Education, Opposite Education Hall, University of Lagos, Yaba, Lagos.

2. Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) NIMC Registration Centre

Centre for Information Technology and Management (CITM) building, Beside Zenith Bank, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.

3. Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) NIMC Registration Centre

Engineering Lecture Theatre Hall, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos.

4. Lagos State University (LASU) NIMC Registration Centre

MBA Block, MBA Board Room, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos.

5. Zenith Bank Branches

(see list of Zenith branches here)

6. GTbank Branches

If you stay outside Lagos, visit any tertiary institution or designated Bank branches in your State. You can view the list complete list of NIMC registration centres in Nigeria here; just click on the state to view the list.

How to Register for NIN within 30 Minutes 

Here you will learn how to beat the crowd and register for your National Identity Number faster than everyone else.

Step 1: Get the NIN Registration Requirements

Get the requirements above. Only original copies are accepted. Some of these documents are easy to get. For example, the birth certificate can be gotten at a general hospital while the sworn declaration of age can be gotten at a court.

Step 2: Visit the NIN Registration Centre

Visit the registration centre: The registration centre you pick will determine how quickly you will be able to register for your NIN.

Pick any of the centres above if you live in Lagos state.

Step 3: Filling of Forms 

On getting to the NIN enrollment centre, you will be given a form to fill in your details. Ensure you fill in every detail correctly, your surname, first name, middle name, date of birth e.t.c

Step 4: Submission of Forms 

Walk up to the enrollment and submit the forms. The enrollment officer will fill in your information into the National Identification Management application portal. While this is going on, you are expected to keep an eye on the computer screen facing you. Ensure that the enrollment officer does not make a mistake.

Before submitting to the portal, the NIMC enrollment officer will ask you to confirm your details.

Step 5: Biometrics Capturing 

Your fingerprints, head-shot and signature will be captured. Try to put a little smile while taking the head-shot is being taken as you may not have an opportunity to change the image again. The head-shot is the picture that will appear on your National Identity card when it is produced.

Step 6: Scanning of Documents 

The supporting documents you provided will be scanned by the enrollment officer and submitted to the National Identification Management portal.

Step 7: Collection of Slips 

After the registration is completed, you will be given two slips; the transaction slip and the NIN slip confirming that you have done the registration.

Step 8: Sign up for NIMC Mobile App

The NIMC has introduced a mobile app that you can use in place of the National Identity card.

Once you sign up on the mobile, you can present it anywhere when asked to prove your identity. There’s a bar code that can be scanned to confirm if your NIN number is legit.

You can check this article to see how to register for the NIMC mobile app.

Now that you have completed your NIN registration, you can use the number for any purpose while you wait for the National Identity card to be produced. You can also sign up on the NIMC mobile app


The two slips given to you can be used as a means of identification pending when the National ID card will be produced. The most important thing here is the National Identification Number and not the slip.

Although, you must keep the slips as you will need them later on to collect your National ID card.

On providing your NIN to any government agency or private company, your details will be pulled out from the NIMC database. You should protect your NIN the same way you protect your Bank verification number.


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  1. Abubakar Caroline says:

    I have done it twice and l was told it can’t be used. That l need to come and re register again. What is really happening to us in Nigeria.

  2. Akanbi Rashida says:

    Please i did nin for my son that the capturing i was told to come back in 2days for the slip, up till now am yet to collect, over a month.

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      If you were given a tracking number, take the tracking number to another NIN registration centre to get your slip.

  3. Akpan Gabriel Anthony says:

    Please, I was in a haste as a reason that I dont want my sim card to be blocked. I heard that nin can be enrolled via online and I did it but no comply from the system and later on it was closed that it can no longer be possible online which I then thought it best to go to a globe office around my place but over since two months now I mean from 29th march I did it till now, I am told that it is not yet out please what should I do

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Did you get an NIN slip after the registration?

  4. I have nin number with my maiden surname. How can I update my surname now that I am married ?

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Kindly go to an NIMC office with your marriage certificate for correction.

  5. Modupe Oluwadara kasim says:

    I have voters card and I also have national ID how can I get the NIN

  6. Do I need to have all the documents you listed or just one of them?

  7. I currently do not have any of the supporting documents listed above, can I go to the nin registration centre with the scanned copy of any of those documents? I really need my nin urgently.

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You can get a Birth Certificate from a General hospital or local government office.

  8. Please where can i do my national id card presently? Do banks do for only their customers?

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Banks have not resumed registration of National Identity numbers. If you are in Lagos, go to NIMC office Alausa, opposite Shoprite. You have to be there as early as 7am to join the queue.

  9. Prince Godwin says:

    My name is Prince Godwin, am actually applying for the Nigeria Navy and the NIN is needed… At this moment in time when the pendamic is at ease… And lockdown lifted. How do I get it. Because i need it before 4th of October

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      If you are in Lagos, go to the NIN office opposite shoprite, Alausa for the registration.

    2. Ajayi Olabode says:

      That Alausa ofice is a cesspool of corruption if all my aunt told me is true. A staff of the NIMC at Alausa who collected N1,200 from people a few weeks ago is now demanding five thousand for the registration as of today….And to think this exercise is free

    3. Prince Godwin says:

      Thanks for your previous answer to my request I sincerely appreciate, But what are the requirements for the registration? I actually do not live at Lagos but ogunstate. Or is there a NIN office at ogunstate

  10. Gbemisola says:

    Please is it possible I get my nin slip the day I got my biometric capture I need it urgently

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      Yes, it is possible.

  11. Can somebody pls tell the NIMC officials to resume duties already, Covid will not go away until after a long time, it can only reduce, we can take precautions…..please ooo!!!!

  12. Please where in Lagos can I get my NIN by this week I really need it

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You can try the banks mentioned in the post. NIN offices nationwide are currently closed.

  13. Olamilekan Oloyede says:

    Is the nimc office in Lagos still working or do they shut down due to covid19 pandemic?

  14. Please, i misplace the slip been given to me and i register in unilag since 2014 pls what will i do, i really need it thank you.

  15. I need to register for npf recruitment and is asking for there no way I can do it

  16. Onyejiuwa chiamaka says:

    I really need this means of identification but the problem remains that most centers are shot down due to the pandemic. Where can I get this in Lagos at this time

    1. Lagschools Support says:

      You have to wait till after the pandemic.