The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies an individual for life. It is used to match anyone with their biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.

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The NIN is set to be used for all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification as required in the following:

  • Obtaining National e-ID card

  • Travel (international passport application and acquisition)

  • Opening personal bank accounts

  • Acquiring a driver’s license

  • Obtaining a permanent voter's card

  • Participating in the National Health Insurance Scheme

  • Payment of taxes

  • Transactions related to contributory pension scheme

  • Access to welfare and other relevant services from the Nigerian government

  • Transactions with social security implications

  • Land transactions subject to the Land Use Act

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