Old National Identity Card is No Longer Useful – NIMC

Old National Identity Card

Old national identity card is no longer useful and acceptable says the National Identity Management Commission, and the general public are being encouraged to go and register for the National Identity Number (NIN).

This message was disclosed by the commission on its twitter handle yesterday. There have been speculations making waves about the substitution power the old national identity card has over the National Identity Number (NIN), that both can be used interchangeably. But the commission has come out to rebuff the claim.

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The tweet which reads thus; ‘The Old National Identity card has since been discontinued. If you still hold the old I.D. card. You should enroll for the National Identity Number (NIN). Visit any NIN enrollment center today to obtain your NIN and be identified for life!’

The National Identity Number (NIN) is known as one’s assured digital identity.


The National Identity Number (NIN) is a set of eleven (11) numbers assigned to an individual at the completion of enrollment into the National Identity Database. Also, National Identity Number (NIN) is non-transferable.

Basically, the National Identity Number (NIN) is used to verify one’s identity. It can also be used for identity card purposes because it identifies the person.

Unlike most documents obtained in Nigeria, National Identity Number (NIN) has no expiry dates. It doesn’t expire, it is for life.

All citizens and legal residents are encouraged to apply. Children’s inclusive.

For more information on linking your National Identity Number (NIN) with your Bank Verification Number (BVN) and how to connect the two (2) seamlessly, refer to our previous article, titled; NIN & BVN: IMPORTANT FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW!

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