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NIN Diaspora Registration Process: Step-By-Step Guide For Nigerians Resident Outside of Nigeria

Last Updated on May 8, 2021 by Ope Quadri

It’s has been mandated for every Nigerian-at home and in the diaspora-to register for the National Identity Number (NIN).

In our earlier publication, we told you about the National Identity Management Commission agents abroad. In this post, we’ll show you NIN diaspora registration method in order to get on Nigeria’s national database.

If you reside in the United Kingdom (UK), the United States, or Canada, you might want to ask: Why do I need to enrol for NIN? Does it really matter?

The government of government has been dragging the issue of having a national database for decades, this time, it seems the government is serious about the process. It might be consequences if you failed to get the unique 11-digit number, which is a prelude to getting Nigeria’s National Identity Card.

Benefits of NIN for Nigerians In The Diaspora

  1. It can be used to open personal bank accounts
  2. To carry out transactions relating to pension schemes
  3. To obtain a Permanent Voters’ Card
  4. To conduct land transactions, amongst other activities and transactions.
  5. To obtain a Nigerian driver’s license
  6. Importantly, you will need NIN to obtain or renew a passport.

If you don’t NIN, you won’t be able to renew or obtain passport.

NIN Registration Fee for Nigerians Living Outside of Nigeria

A few days ago, we informed that NIN isn’t free. The cost of registering for NIN depends on your location in Nigeria because corruption and bribery go unabated.

For Nigerians in diaspora, NIN enrolment fee is $50 for adults and $40 for children below 16 which is payable exclusive of jurisdictional taxation, via the payment portal of any of the NIMC agents abroad, slogani and neL are some of them.

Required Documents for Registration

When going to enrol for your NIN, kindly go to the centre with any of the following means of ID:

  • Nigerian International Passport (Valid or expired)
  • Nigerian Birth Certificate
  • Attestation Letter from Nigerian Embassy / Mission
  • Government ID for staff of FGN
  • BVN
  • A copy of your pre-enrolment slip (you can obtain this on diaspora.nimc.gov.ng)

Here is the step-by-step guide for Nigerians resident outside of Nigeria to register for the National Identity Card.
The registration process depends on the accredited agent’s platform you are using, but we will use the online payment method, see the steps below:

Step 1: Applicant visits an agent online portal to pre enrol by downloading and NIN enrollment form

Step 2: Print, Fill-form & Submit when you come for biometrics capture.

Step 3: Make payment online.

NOTE: Most of the partners do online payment only, as such do not pay cash to any third party.

Step 4: An online receipt is generated after payment. Save to your phone, tablet or PC or just  print it out, you will need to bring the receipt when you come for biometrics and capture.

Step 5: Walk into any of the NIN registration Centres in the country you reside in (chech here to find a diaspora NIN Centre closest to you)

NOTE: Go there with a valid means of identification, your filled enrollment form & receipt of payment you got from the online payment.

Step 6: The Applicant is directed to the Enrolment Officer for proper verification


You are advised to diligently check and confirm that all information is correct and complete before the enrolment officer enters your details into the system.

Step 7: Document is scanned and returned before the Applicant’s biometrics is captured (headshot photograph, fingerprints) and applicant append his/her signature.

Step 8: You are issued a Transaction Slip and issued ON SPOT a National Identification Number (NIN).

You will be notified when your National Identity Card is available for pickup.

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