I am sure you have heard that without your National Identification Number (NIN) you can’t register for the 2023 JAMB exam?
Don’t be flabbergasted, it was used in 2022 too. Most examination bodies in Nigeria are likely to do the same.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to get your NIN for JAMB registration in 2023 without making mistakes. I will also answer some of the questions JAMB candidates have concerning NIN.
In my Whatsapp group, a lot of prospective candidates have been asking different questions about the National Identification Number, I decided that the best thing to do is to write a complete guide on this topic.
Is NIN compulsory for JAMB registration?
Of course, it is compulsory for JAMB registration. Candidates who don’t have a National Identification Number won’t be able to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) in 2023.
Apart from JAMB, this stuff is important for sim card registration, getting your passport, processing your driver’s license, customs clearance, and even applying for opportunities like the PTDF scholarship.
Your NIN will contain your biodata which will be utilized by JAMB in creating your profile. So, yeah the NIN is compulsory.
Requirements for the NIN registration
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) requires some documents or information before they can generate your National Identification Number and slip.
You need your Bank Verification Number (if you don’t have it, ignore it) and any of the following documents;
- Voter’s Card
- Old National ID Card
- Tax Clearance Certificate
- Refugee ID Card
- Attestation Letter from traditional/religious leader
- NCFR Refugee Certificate
- Attestation Letter from a prominent ruler
- Driver’s License
- Valid International Passport
- Certificate of Origin
- Birth Certificate
- Declaration of Age
- NHIS ID Card
- School ID Card
When I got my NIN in 2019, all they asked for were my birth certificate, WAEC result, passport, but things have changed. You need to submit the required documents/information before you can get it now.
There is no age requirement to get your National Identification Number in Nigeria. However, you need to be at least 16 years old to get an e-ID card.
How to get your NIN for JAMB registration
- Find any NIN enrolment center near you (check their website to discover the ones close to you)
- Go to the enrolment center with the required documents and don’t forget to take money along
- Fill the enrolment form that will be given to you
- Give the form once you are done to the enrolment officer
- Your details will be inputted to the NIMC database, make sure they are correct
- Your face will be captured, your fingerprint taken and you will sign
- Next, your documents will be scanned and uploaded
- Your slip may be generated or you may be told to come back for it
- Make some photocopies of the slip and get the original copy laminated.
According to the NIMC, the enrolment is completely free. When I got mine in 2019, it was free but now things have changed and there is nothing you can do but pay.
It costs 2000 naira to 5000 naira to get your National Identification Number in Nigeria currently depending on your location. You may get the NIN slip on that same day of registration or in 5 days.
It’s possible for you to get the NIN for free but it would be stressful and they will keep telling you to come back that it isn’t ready.
These centers are only open from Monday -Friday (8 am – 4 pm), so make sure you go early. There are no deadlines for NIN registration but make sure you get it some months or weeks before the JAMB 2023 registration begins.
If you are outside Nigeria and you want to register for JAMB, you will not need to get the NIN here in Nigeria. You can visit the enrolment centers in the diaspora, check the NIMC website if it’s available in your region.
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How to check your NIN number
To check your National Identification Number online, all you need to do is to go to the NIMC (nimc.gov.ng), input the required details, and check your NIN for free.
You can also check it offline if you have the SIM you used during registration with you. Just dial 346 on your phone and your National Identification Number will be displayed.
This method works on all networks in Nigeria (MTN, GLO, Airtel & 9Mobile), it isn’t free though as it costs 20 Naira every time you check it.
Can you register JAMB without NIN?
This is similar to asking; “can you drive a car without tires?”
No, you can’t. The JAMB Registrar, Professor Oloyede urged all prospective 2023 candidates to get their National Identification Number (NIN) before the JAMB registration commences.
Since the use of NIN was adopted by JAMB in 2020, it has helped them deal with issues they haven’t been able to curb for a very long time like impersonation and fake registration.
There’s no way you can register for the JAMB exam without having your NIN, even CBT centers will send you back home to get it before they can proceed with the registration.
Can you use your parent NIN for JAMB registration?
No, you can’t use your parent’s National Identification Number to register for JAMB.
You also cannot use the NIN of your brother, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, or any of your family members or even your friend for JAMB.
It has to be yours, so if you haven’t gotten your NIN, go get it now.
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